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(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.



Money Will Help New Haven and New London Ports

(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.”



(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.

Projects Underway

The Day, July 25

Bridgeport Harbor Moves Away from Industrial Past

Connecticut Post, July 23

New Haven Port Gets Bond Money

New Haven Register, July 22

Bond Commission to Approve Funds for EB and Pier 7

The Day, July 20

CPA Funds Projects for Southport Harbor, July 11

State Grant in Aid

Fairfield Citizen, July 11

Southport Project Begins

Dredging Today, July 11

Big Plans for State Pier

The Day, July 1

Wind Power Coming to CT

The Day, June 24

Energy Diversity

The Day, June 22

Evan Matthews Named President of NAPA

Hartford Business Journal, June 22

Connecticut Selects Renewables

T & D World, June 20

CT Taps Deepwater Wind

Masslive, June 14

Deepwater to Bring Wind Power to CT

WNPR, June 14

Connecticut Taps Deepwater

The Day, June 13

Connecticut Joins Wind Rush

CT Mirror, June 13

Connecticut Picks Deepwater

Platts, June 13

Port Authority announces RFP for State Pier

The Day, June 7

New Haven Port Authority study improvements to port-rail connections

New Haven Register, June 6

Port-To-Train Study Is On The Way

New Haven Independent, June 6

Evan Matthews of CT Port Authority named President of North Atlantic Ports Association

American Journal of Transportation, June 4

Local Leaders Pitch New London

The Day, June 4

State Pier Investment

WTNH, June 1

New London to Host Offshore Wind

Construction Index, June 1

CT Bond Commission OKs $15M to repair New London pier

Hartford Business Journal, June 1

Major Investment To Revitalize New London State Pier Announced

New London Patch, June 1

Connecticut Seeks Boost for Offshore Wind

Hartford Courant, June 1

Malloy announces $15 million investment at State Pier in New London

The Day, June 1

$15 Million Approved for State Pier

The Day, June 1

New London benefits from state funding for three projects

The Day, June 1, 2018

State Invests in State Pier

WSHU-FM, May 30

Connecticut Port Authority welcomes opening of new Norwalk Visitor Docks

The Hour, May 25, 2018

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.



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.

Port Profile: New Haven, Connecticut

Maritime Logistics, January 26, 2018

Connecticut Port Authority looks to resolve DOT easement issue in New Haven port area

New Haven Register, January 4, 2018

Design of deepened channel in New Haven Harbor advances; public hearing set for Jan. 10

New Haven Register, January 3, 2018

Housatonic River dredging project completed

CT Post, December 8, 2017

17 Connecticut towns get state bond money for harbor improvements

New Haven Register, November 29, 2017

North Cove dredging project begins

Norwich Bulletin, November 21, 2017

Hammonasset Beach State Park gets new ‘finer grain’ sand from Housatonic River

Shoreline Times, November 14, 2017

Housatonic River dredging starts this week

Stratford Star, October 5, 2017

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.”

SHIPP 2017 Project Overview

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.