Port of Bridgeport
Located on the north shore of Long Island and on M-295 of the nation’s Marine Highway system, the Port of Bridgeport is comprised of two natural harbors, Bridgeport and Black Rock, both offering unimpeded access to Long Island Sound and convenient maritime routes to New York, New England and beyond. The ports of Bridgeport are strategically located off Interstate 95, and the 26, 27, 28 & 29 interchanges, are within close proximity of Connecticut routes 8 & 25, and 5 miles from Sikorsky Memorial Airport.
Typical commerce in Bridgeport’s waters includes several vessel repair facilities (one of them, Captain’s Cove Seaport, is also the U.S. Customs Port of Entry for foreign-flag maritime travelers); barge shipments of stone and sand – over 300,000 tons in 2017 (the equivalent of 12,000 truckloads); several oil tank farms whose product provides home heating oil to homes in Fairfield County and the surrounding region; waterborne mass transportation that includes a year round ferry service operating between CT and Long Island, and an upcoming high speed ferry operation intended to provide commuter service between CT and New York employment centers. Aquaculture is another robust industry as Bridgeport is the home to several shellfish beds and lobstering operations that provide product to consumers throughout Connecticut and the Northeast.
Commerce in the region is boosted by Foreign-Trade Zone No. 76, administered by the Bridgeport Port Authority, which can offer federal import benefits to companies whether they are located on or off the shoreline.
Focused on the movement of goods and people, the Port of Bridgeport has numerous attributes that make it a viable port now and ensuring the future for all aspects of the maritime industries.