Connecticut Port Authority Adopts New Maritime Strategy


By The Maritime Executive 08-23-2018 01:37:14

The Connecticut Port Authority (CPA) has taken the next big step in maximizing the economic potential of our deepwater ports, harbors, and natural marine assets. In early August, the CPA announced the adoption of the Connecticut Maritime Strategy, which provides a roadmap for investing in eight strategic areas that will strengthen Connecticut's maritime industry and have a positive impact on the state’s long-term economic outlook. The Maritime Strategy was officially released at a press event at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on August 9, 2018.

“We are making a down payment on our maritime future,” said Scott Bates, Chairman of the CPA. “This strategy will allow each of our ports to reach their full economic potential.”

The strategy marks the culmination of the past two years of work for the CPA. It lays out eight objectives that will provide a foundation for the port authority's efforts over the next five years. These include:

    - Management of State Pier
    - Investment in Commercial Ports
    - Dredging of Ports and Waterways
    - Supporting the Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program (SHIPP)
    - Development of Intermodal Options
    - Leverage of Emerging Opportunities
    - Enhance Ferry Systems and Cruise Coordination
    - Ensure Future Support of CPA

“Connecticut’s ports and harbors represent tremendous untapped economic potential,” said Gov. Dannel Malloy, “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.”

Going forward, the Connecticut Maritime Strategy will serve as a guide for the CPA and state officials to ensure that resources are being invested in areas with the highest potential for growth. Click here to download a copy of the strategy.

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