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Governor Lamont Announces Major Development Plan That Will Establish New London as a Central Hub of the Offshore Wind Industry
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Governor Lamont Announces Major Development Plan That Will Establish New London as a Central Hub of the Offshore Wind Industry
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“The CPA is very happy with our selection of Gateway as the new terminal operator at State Pier,” said Evan Matthews, Executive Director of the Connecticut Port Authority. “Their proposal for ‘highest and best use’ of the port aligned with our vision of expanding the flow of conventional cargo while capturing emerging opportunities, like offshore wind development. Gateway’s proposal included an option for partnering with offshore wind, and those negotiations are currently underway.”
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CONNECTICUT PORT AUTHORITY SELECTS FIRM FOR PIER 7 DESIGN AND ENGINEERING WORK
Selection is first step in upgrading key maritime infrastructure
(New London) – The Connecticut Port Authority announced today that GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., with offices in Trumbull, Glastonbury and Manchester, will provide design and engineering solutions for repairs and modifications of Pier 7 located at Fort Trumbull.
Working closely with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) – the facility owner – the Connecticut Port Authority is investing $750,000 in the project and will oversee GZA GeoEnvironmental during the study.
Pier 7 is an important piece of Connecticut’s maritime infrastructure, and this project will identify the upgrades needed to improve its overall safety and structural integrity to allow for continued calls by Coast Guard and Naval vessels, with the potential to attract other larger vessels such as cruise ships.
Evan Matthews, the Executive Director of the Connecticut Port Authority, said, “At the Port Authority, our job is to invest in maritime projects that grow the state’s economy. By taking this first step to assess the design and engineering of Pier 7, we are committing to the economic possibilities that will exist when the project is complete. We are excited for GZA GeoEnvironmental to begin the design work for upgrades at Pier 7.”
Tom Tyler, Director, State Parks and Public Outreach Division of DEEP, stated, “We at DEEP are appreciative of the CT Port Authority’s interest in the long-term viability of Pier 7 at Fort Trumbull State Park. The Piers at Fort Trumbull in New London are a wonderful resource for the public, whether that is fishing access from the Fishing Pier, or to support visiting ships on Pier 7. This design work will provide the information needed to assure that Pier 7 can continue to provide this important ship access into the future.”
The upgrades needed at Pier 7 include electrical system, fresh water supply piping, sewage disposal piping, lighting and infrastructure upgrades. The design and engineering study will determine the full extent of improvements and the cost of the repairs. Once the study is complete, further CPA investment will be needed for construction.
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STATE TO INVEST $5 MILLION FOR STATE PIER DREDGING
Part of On-going Effort to Improve Key Maritime Asset
September 18, 2018
(New London) – The State Bond Commission is expected to approve a $5 million grant this week to pay for dredging at State Pier New London. The project will be administered by the Connecticut Port Authority which is responsible for the care and custody of the property. Approval is expected at the commission’s regular meeting September 20.
This latest investment solidifies CPA’s commitment to improve State Pier and maximize its job creating potential as a major contributor to the local and state economy. Earlier this year, the Bond Commission approved $15 million to pay for general improvements to State Pier. CPA is currently in the evaluation phase of a Request for Proposal process that is expected to result in the selection of a long-term operating agreement for State Pier.
This $5 million investment will partially support the State Pier Capital Dredging Program. The CPA will conduct multi-phased dredging and maintenance dredging of the facility footprint. CPA will maintain draft depths at the facility for vessel calls and environmental safety.
“State Pier is CPA’s largest asset with the potential to be a catalyst for the New London region and the state’s maritime industry as a whole,” said Scott Bates, chairman of CPA. “This new investment in State Pier sends an important signal to the marketplace that Connecticut is serious about using its maritime resources to create jobs and economic opportunity. CPA thanks Governor Dannel Malloy for his leadership on this issue and his leadership in the area of inter-modal transportation.”
The improvement of State Pier was identified as the top priority in the five-year Connecticut Maritime Strategy recently delivered by the CPA to the legislature and governor. State Pier has the potential to generate enough revenue to make CPA financially self-sustaining and able to operate independently of the state budget process.
CPA SUPPORTS CONNECTICUT MARITIME HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Five Day Celebration of Connecticut’s Connection to the Sea
September 5, 2018
(Old Saybrook) – The Connecticut Port Authority is proud to serve as a co-sponsor of the Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival taking place September 5th-9th in New London.
The Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival is a five day annual celebration promoting Connecticut’s maritime heritage and spirit of innovation in conjunction with Connecticut Maritime Heritage Week. This annual event will draw 60,000 visitors in 2018 to the historic Port of New London waterfront including individuals and families who experience unique tours aboard a fleet of boats including; U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard ships, merchant marine vessels, and historic schooners.
“The Port Authority is charged with promoting the growth of the Connecticut maritime industry and one way to do that is to link our state’s rich maritime history with our future,” said Scott Bates, chairman of the port authority. “The Maritime Heritage Festival exposes more people to the importance of our deepwater ports and small harbors as job creators and economic assets that benefit the entire state.”
Festival events will include a U.S. Coast Guard search & rescue demonstration, a “Celebrate America” main stage concert, a “Swingin’ on the Pier” dance party, a “Meet the Crew” party, a parade of ships, The Morgan Cup Yacht Race, a Maritime Career Opportunity Expo, a children’s fishing tournament, and the 6th annual “Chowder Challenge.”
CPA BEGINS EVALUATION OF RFP RESPONSES FOR STATE PIER
Project Has Potential for Major Impact on Local and State Economy
August 31, 2018
(Old Saybrook) – The Connecticut Port Authority (CPA) is entering the evaluation stage for State Pier in New London as the Request for Proposals (RFP) process continues to the next phase. An RFP issued in June of this year sought parties interested in developing, financing and managing State Pier under a long-term operating agreement. (The RFP response period closes at 4p.m. Friday August 31).
State Pier is the CPA’s largest asset and is a key part of the authority’s long-term strategy to end reliance on state government funding and furthering its mission to create jobs by maximizing the output of Connecticut’s maritime economy.
“As the evaluation process begins, the port authority is focused on finding a partner at State Pier that can help us realize the facility’s highest and best use. Our core mission as an agency is to create jobs by growing the maritime economy,” said Scott Bates, chairman of the port authority. “With that mission in mind we have no favored outcomes and we have made no premature determinations about what is in the best interest of the Connecticut economy. Through the response period, the marketplace will help us determine how best to utilize this important asset.”
State Pier comprises almost thirty acres and includes two piers, a deepwater channel, on-dock rail and access to major highways. It is 130 miles north of New York City and 115 miles south of Boston. The strategic location presents a significant advantage to shippers looking for access to valuable markets in the northeastern United States. It is also the only major port between New York and Maine that is free of vertical obstructions and off-shore barriers.
The evaluation phase of this process is expected to take several weeks to be followed by negotiations with preferred bidders on operational and financial details. Once negotiations are complete it is expected that a formal agreement will be signed with the winning bidder.
Earlier this month the CPA released a five-year maritime strategy for the state of Connecticut. The development of State Pier, including the selection of an operating partner, is the top priority in that overall strategy. The CPA sees the goals of the state’s maritime strategy as paramount and the staff and board of directors of the CPA intend to apply their collective expertise to make the best decision possible for the state of Connecticut.
CONNECTICUT PORT AUTHORITY RELEASES FIVE YEAR STATE MARITIME STRATEGY
Eight Point Plan Maps Goals and Priorities
August 9, 2018
(Hartford, CT) – The Connecticut Port Authority, in accordance with its enabling legislation, has developed and delivered a five-year state Maritime Strategy to Governor Dannel Malloy and the state legislature.
The plan sets out eight key goals as the CPA leads the mission to expand Connecticut’s economy and create jobs through strategic investment in the state’s three deepwater ports and small harbors.
“Since the establishment of the Port Authority, we have taken important steps to better understand the full potential of our state’s maritime economy and we have made a focused effort to direct resources towards projects and programs that align with the goal of improving the Connecticut job market,” said Scott Bates the chairman of the CPA board. “The five year strategy we are delivering today builds on that foundation and prioritizes our goals for our partners, stakeholders and policy makers.”
The CPA’s five year Maritime Strategy identifies eight objectives that will provide a roadmap for the authority’s investment decisions and resource allocations.
- Manage the State Pier to Increase Utilization and Profitability. Redevelop State Pier in New London to create long-term stable jobs and maximize the potential links between the port, freight rail and highway transportation systems throughout the region.
- Build More Volume in Our Commercial Ports. Continue to build upon Connecticut’s historical strengths while meeting the changing needs of business, and building a diverse and sustainable set of services.
- Support Dredging of Connecticut’s Ports and Waterways. Work with partners, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to invest in and support dredging projects that will sustain and increase the use of ports, waterways and marinas.
- Support Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program (SHIPP). Support municipalities and recreational marine industries by continuing support for Connecticut’s small harbors through funding requests and operational support for future rounds of SHIPP grants.
- Create Intermodal Options. Explore and develop innovative solutions to enhance intermodal shipping options that create efficient and cost-effective opportunities for distributing containerized cargo along Connecticut’s coastline.
- Leverage Emerging Opportunities. Continue to monitor the landscape for port usage and be nimble in responding to potential opportunities.
- Enhance Ferry Systems and Cruise Coordination Activities. Evaluate ways in which Connecticut can expand its partnership with ferry, cruise service operators and booking agents, while investing in facilities and infrastructure.
- Ensure Future Support of the CPA. Work with Connecticut’s elected officials at the federal, state and local level to ensure the port authority is authorized and funded to sufficiently support for our objectives for long-term economic growth.
“The marketplace is beginning to notice that the state of Connecticut now has a focused approach to growing the maritime economy,” said Evan Matthews, executive director of the Port Authority. “It is critically important that we build on this momentum and this five-year strategy sends a clear signal that Connecticut understands the value of its maritime assets and is committed to integrating its ports and small harbors with the state’s transportation system.”
The leadership of the Connecticut Port Authority will use the five-year strategic plan as a touch stone for all decisions related to port development going forward. The executive and legislative branches of government will also use this strategy as a guidepost when developing policy related to the state’s maritime economy and integrated transportation system.
“Connecticut’s ports and harbors represent tremendous untapped economic potential,” Governor Malloy said. “This Maritime Strategy will help ensure that we make targeted, smart investments in our marine infrastructure that will help strengthen our coastal communities and create jobs. I am proud that the state is already investing in the revitalization of the State Pier to make it a hub for the burgeoning offshore wind industry, and I am confident that this plan will only reinforce our commitment to growing our maritime economy. I commend Chairman Bates, Executive Director Matthews, and the Port Authority board members for their good work in developing a common sense strategy.”
“This study will ensure that Connecticut has a roadmap to follow for investing in Connecticut’s commercial ports and deep water ports, which will stimulate economic activity, grow jobs and result in fewer trucks on our roadways,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Martin M. Looney (D-New Haven). “Just as Connecticut has made a concerted effort over the past few years to grow jobs in our manufacturing and biotech sectors, now it is time for us to focus on our maritime economy.”
“Nurturing Connecticut’s maritime industry is an important step in growing Connecticut’s economy and creating jobs,” said Senator Paul Formica (R-East Lyme). “I thank the Connecticut Port Authority for their efforts to identify a strategy to revitalize our ports and waterways, and in particular to redevelop the New London State Pier, which will prepare southeastern Connecticut for potential new jobs and long term opportunities for growth. A healthy maritime industry is an important piece of the puzzle to make our state more competitive, grow jobs, boost economic develop and improve transportation. I look forward to continuing to work with the Port Authority, fellow lawmakers and state leaders to ensure Connecticut’s maritime industry remains a top priority.”
ESSEX PROCEEDING WITH UPDATE OF HARBOR MANAGEMENT PLAN
Partnership with CPA Part of Statewide Small Harbor Program
August 1, 2018
(Essex, CT) – The town of Essex is proceeding with an update of the management plan for one of the most scenic small harbors on the Connecticut River.
The harbor management plan is being funded in partnership with the Connecticut Port Authority which provided a grant to the town of approximately $42,000 earlier this year. The remaining $30,000 cost of the study is being provided by Essex. This joint project is part of the CPA’s Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program, known as SHIPP.
“The Essex project represents one piece of an overall state strategy that the CPA is using to improve Connecticut’s small harbors,” said Scott Bates, chairman of the Port Authority. “In all, the CPA has helped to fund 18 similar projects statewide this year for a total investment of over $5.4 million using CPA and local matching funds. Strong partnerships, like the one with Essex, allow us to make Connecticut’s beautiful small harbors even more accessible and strengthen the local economy along the way.”
“We welcome the CPA’s investment in our harbor management plan. The state funding is a sensible compliment to match our local funding. The Essex harbor is well known throughout New England and this project will help preserve its character for years to come,” said Essex First Selectman Norman Needleman. “We appreciate the CPA’s merit based approach to the distribution of state funds for projects like this one.”
CONNECTICUT PORT AUTHORITY APPROVES PURCHASE OF PORT OF NEW HAVEN LAND
Funding Approved Last Week by Bond Commission
August 1, 2018
(Essex, CT) – The Connecticut Port Authority has moved forward to authorize the purchase of four parcels of land near the Port of New Haven following the allocation of funding for the transaction last week by the State Bond Commission.
A grant of $751,000 was authorized to allow the CPA to purchase the land and preserve it for maritime related uses. The land has been used in recent years by the Department of Transportation to stage materials for work on the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge. The land purchase allows CPA to expand its partnership with the Port of New Haven.
“This purchase is fully consistent with our mission to improve and expand Connecticut’s maritime economy,” said Scott Bates the chairman of the Connecticut Port Authority. “We intend to work closely with our partners at the Port of New Haven to make sure this property is used wisely in the years ahead as we work together to expand capacity in New Haven.”
Final approval for this purchase came during the CPA’s monthly board meeting held this month in Essex.
ANDREW LAVIGNE APPOINTED AS LEADER OF
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND SPECIAL PROJECTS
July 24, 2018
(Old Saybrook) – The Connecticut Port Authority (CPA) has hired Andrew Lavigne as Manager of Business Development and Special Projects.
Lavigne will be in charge of a large portfolio of responsibilities including stakeholder engagement, marketing, research, and communications. He is joining CPA in this capacity as the authority enters its third year as a stand-alone quasi-public agency responsible for creating jobs through the development of the Connecticut maritime economy.
While serving as a consultant to the authority, Lavigne coordinated the development of Connecticut’s five-year maritime strategy – which was recently published by the CPA and delivered to the governor and legislature.
“I am very happy to be joining the port authority at this critical time in the agency’s history. Connecticut has a strong maritime heritage and state government leaders have made a clear effort to tap into the full job creating potential of our maritime assets. I look forward to this new challenge and working with the full CPA team,” Lavigne said.
Lavigne holds a Master of Science in National Security and Public Safety from the University of New Haven and is a graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University. He has previously worked for a Washington, D.C. based think-tank where his focus was on transportation, infrastructure, and national security issues.
BOND COMMISSION EXPECTED TO APPROVE FUNDING FOR TWO CONNECTICUT PORT AUTHORITY PROJECTS
Money Will Help New Haven and New London Ports
July 24, 2018
(Hartford, CT) – The State Bond Commission is expected to approve funding Wednesday (July 25) for two Connecticut Port Authority projects in New Haven and New London.
A grant of $751,000 will be authorized to allow the CPA to purchase four parcels of land at the Port of New Haven to be preserved for maritime related uses. The land has been used in recent years by the Department of Transportation to stage materials for work on the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge. The land purchase allows CPA to expand its partnership with the Port of New Haven.
A second grant of $750,000 will be authorized for preliminary design work on Pier 7 at Fort Trumbull State Park in New London. The pier is currently used by the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy and visiting ships. Working in partnership with the state Office of Military Affairs, upgrades to Pier 7 will allow for continued use by large naval vessels and other ships.
“We are grateful to Governor Malloy and the State Bond Commission for their continued commitment to Connecticut’s maritime economy,” said Scott Bates, the chairman of the Port Authority. “Funding for these two projects fully aligns with our mission to advance the viability of Connecticut’s deepwater ports as an integral part of the Connecticut economy.”
WORK TO BEGIN ON TWO FAIRFIELD PROJECTS FUNDED BY CONNECTICUT PORT AUTHORITY
July 11, 2018
(Fairfield, CT) – Two projects funded, in part, by the state’s Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program(SHIPP) are about to get underway in Fairfield, Connecticut.
- An update of the town’s existing Harbor Management Plan
- Ramp reconstruction and dredging at the Town Boat Yard
The $13,000 Harbor Management Plan will be funded partially by the CPA ($6,500) with an equal match for the Town of Fairfield. Ramp reconstruction and dredging is being funded primarily through a $266,000 grant from the CPA and an $11,000 town match.
Both projects are part of a statewide program to invest in the improvement of small harbors and inland waterways, which is being led by the Connecticut Port Authority.
“This is an important partnership between the Town of Fairfield and the port authority,” said Scott Bates, the authority’s board chair. “Since our establishment as a stand-alone state agency we have been making a special effort to fund projects like this based on the merits of each project. Projects like these help advance Connecticut’s maritime economy, create jobs and enhance our quality of life.”
Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau stated, “The Town is very grateful to the Connecticut Port Authority for its valuable partnership and for establishing the SHIPP grant program for small harbors, resulting in our community receiving these two important grants to help maintain and enhance Southport Harbor for the public’s use and enjoyment. I wish to thank the Harbor Management Commission for its steadfast commitment in protecting our beautiful Harbor and guiding its safe and beneficial use. Thank you also to all our town departments that work to protect our natural environment and assist the HMC with implementation of Fairfield’s Harbor Management Plan.”
“The Connecticut Port Authority, in collaboration with the Connecticut General Assembly, and Fairfield water management leaders, demonstrated that working together can make a positive impact on our maritime community,” said Senator Tony Hwang. “The initiative began to support three major deep water ports and with input from state legislators it now includes local community harbors, dredging and recreational uses. It is important to revitalize our waterways for jobs and business expansion. Improving natural resources also improves quality of life.”
The Fairfield projects are two of 18 similar SHIPP projects funded by CPA across the state this year.
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Statement from Chairman Scott Bates on Electric Boat News
(Old Saybrook) – Today Governor Dannel Malloy announced a major new partnership with Electric Boat that will grow the company’s workforce to 13,000 and lead to capital investments of $800 million over the next 17 years.
The following statement was issued by Scott Bates the chairman of the Connecticut Port Authority:
“This investment advances the maritime economy of our state, strengthens the workforce and sets the stage for future success. Next up, revitalization of the working waterfront at State Pier.”
Connecticut Port Authority Will File Friend of Court Brief Against New York State
(Old Saybrook) – The Connecticut Port Authority and seven other Connecticut parties have filed a motion stating their intent to join together in a friend of the court brief (amicus) to support a decision by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to designate a 1.3 square nautical mile area south of New London, Connecticut, as the approved site for the disposal of dredged materials in the eastern part of Long Island Sound.
CONNECTICUT PORT AUTHORITY AND CONNECTICUT AUDUBON SOCIETY PARTNER FOR PIPING PLOVERS
Program will Protect Birds at Hammonasset
(Old Saybrook) – The Connecticut Port Authority, in conjunction with the Connecticut Audubon Society, is beginning a program to monitor the population of Piping Plovers at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison.
The program is part of the follow up work required as a condition of federal approval for a dredging project that took material from the Housatonic River to re-build part of the beach at Hammonasset. The project was funded and completed by the Connecticut Port Authority at the end of 2017.
Monitoring of the restored section of beach, supervised by Connecticut Audubon, will begin on March 15 and continue at least until mid-July. If plovers begin to populate the rejuvenated beach area appropriate fencing and signage will be put in place to prevent beach-goers from disturbing the bird’s nesting areas. Up to $100,000, covering the next five years, was set aside in the project budget to pay for this environmental protection initiative.
“The Port Authority’s mission is to enhance the maritime industry in Connecticut and dredging projects like the Housatonic project are part of that plan, but it is also important to do so in ways that protect the environment,” said Scott Bates, chairman of the board of Port Authority. “In this case, we’ve been able to use dredged material to help re-build the beach at an iconic state park and at the same time provide potential new habitat for a fragile native bird species. We are delighted we’ve been able to access the expertise of the Connecticut Audubon Society for this project.”
Listed as threatened under the federal and state Endangered Species Acts, Piping Plovers nest only on beaches, where they are vulnerable to high tides, predators, pets, and human disturbances. Sixty-six pairs nested in Connecticut in 2017, the most since records started being kept in the mid-1990s. Those 66 nests produced 100 fledglings.
The bird’s recent success is largely attributable to the work of the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds, which monitors and protects plovers statewide using the methods Connecticut Audubon will use at Hammonasset. The Audubon Alliance consists of the Connecticut Audubon Society, The Roger Tory Peterson Institute, and Audubon Connecticut, working under the supervision of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
“We commend the Port Authority for taking the welfare of Piping Plovers seriously,” said Patrick Comins, Connecticut Audubon’s executive director. “Their decision is the right one. We’ve demonstrated that monitoring beaches and protecting Piping Plovers results in an increase in the number of birds. We hope that the beach project at Hammonasset creates room for the birds to expand their range. If so, we’ll do our best to help them succeed.
“If other states were doing as well as Connecticut is doing, Piping Plovers probably would likely be headed for removal from the endangered species list.”
The Connecticut Port Authority is grateful to the Army Corps of Engineers, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for guidance on this project which has benefited the state in several ways.Connecticut Port Authority Approves Decision on RFQ for State Pier New London
The Connecticut Port Authority has given approval to the release of a Request for Qualifications for a terminal operating concession at State Pier in New London. Approval to proceed was granted at the authority’s regular monthly meeting on February 7.
Responses to the RFQ are due March 14, 2018.
“The authority’s decision to move forward on the State Pier project shows its commitment to our core mission, established by the legislature, to support and improve Connecticut’s maritime industry,” said Scott Bates, the chairman of the board. “As one of Connecticut’s three deep-water ports, New London can be a catalyst for economic development in the region if properly maintained and marketed.”
The New London State Pier covers nearly 30 acres and has two piers with direct rail and deep-water access. Approximately 100 miles south of Boston and 130 miles northeast of New York City, it is located next to major highways serving the Northeast. State Pier is located near the major shipyards maintained by Electric Boat and the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Groton.
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Connecticut Port Authority Statement on New Haven Port Study Update
Today, Scott Bates, Chairman of the Connecticut Port Authority, released the following statement upon the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report that analysis indicates dredge materials from the port are suitable for open water disposal, which opens up multiple, beneficial alternative use options.
“The New Haven project is a major investment in economic growth and job creation across Connecticut. The Connecticut Port Authority is proud to be a part of it, and we look forward to moving ahead with our partners at the U.S. Army Corps and the New Haven Port Authority.
The U.S. Army Corps’ latest update shows that dredged materials from the port will be suitable for open water disposal, which will shorten the necessary haul distances and increase the cost effectiveness of the overall project.
It also means we have the opportunity to not only expand commerce through the port of New Haven and create jobs throughout the region, but we can also have a positive impact on the surrounding environment through creation of new shellfish habitats, salt marsh restoration and safe resolution of the pit issue at Morris Cove.”
CPA Announces Early Completion of Housatonic River Dredge Project
A combination of efficient work and cooperative weather has led to the early completion of a major dredging project in the Housatonic River funded by the Connecticut Port Authority.
Work to deepen the river’s navigation channel was finished December 6th, almost two months before the scheduled completion. Nearly 270,000 cubic yards of clean sand from the river bottom has been used to rebuild eroding beach at Hammonasset State Park.
“The Connecticut Port Authority, in its first year of operation, has established a thoughtful system to identify and complete dredging and maintenance projects that enhance navigation and improve the use of Connecticut’s shoreline and inland waterways,” said Scott Bates, chairman of the Authority. “We hope to maintain steady progress with similar projects going forward.”
The Housatonic dredging project takes the river to its authorized depth and width from the mouth of the river to a point five miles north. More than 1,000 vessels are docked along the river and more than 1 million people use Hammonasset beach each year so this particular project benefits Connecticut in two ways.
The project cost $9.3 million.
Bond Commission Approves 18 Small Harbor Improvement Projects
Today the Bond Commission approved the Connecticut Port Authority’s request to fund 18 projects under the Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program (SHIPP). These projects cover a range of improvements including: marina repair, dredging, boat ramp facilities improvement, harbor management plans and feasibility studies. Details of each project are in the attached document.
“These projects will create jobs and opportunity for working families across Connecticut”, said Scott Bates, Chairman of the Connecticut Port Authority. “By partnering with local officials to identify and fund projects, we have developed a new roadmap for investing in Connecticut’s small harbor infrastructure and the long term growth of our maritime economy.”
“We are very pleased to see these projects come to life under SHIPP,” said Evan Matthews, Executive Director of the Connecticut Port Authority. “Part of our core mission is to invest in the waterfront infrastructure that supports our local communities. Using our CPA resources, along with local funding where possible, we’re able to boost the outcome for everyone.”
Background: Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program (SHIPP)
The mission of the Connecticut Port Authority (CPA) is to coordinate the development of Connecticut’s ports and harbors, while working with other state, local and private entities to maximize the economic potential of the state’s maritime commerce and industries. In pursuit of this mission, the CPA has created the Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program or SHIPP as a central part of its strategy to support economic development throughout Connecticut’s waterfront communities.
The CPA issued a Request for Applications in order to generate a pool of prospective Municipal Harbor Improvement Projects for consideration of funding under this competitive grant program. The solicitation was issued in Match, applications were returned April 17, 2017.
The CPA formed a projects committee to review the applications based on criteria developed. The result of that process was the attached list of 18 approved projects.
The Connecticut Port Authority is a quasi-public agency responsible for marketing and coordinating the development of the state’s maritime economy.