Rep. Courtney’s Statement on Major Development Plan for New London State Pier
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) issued the following statement after Governor Ned Lamont announced that the State of Connecticut and its partners have reached an agreement on a harbor redevelopment plan for State Pier in New London that will provide the necessary funds for its revitalization, and will outfit the pier with the necessary components to establish the region as a central hub in New England for the developing offshore wind industry.
“Southeastern Connecticut has long been a center of our region’s maritime economy, and today’s announcement represents a commitment to realize the potential of the New London State Pier – and the jobs and growth that will go along with it,” said Congressman Courtney. “The positive and long lasting effects of an investment like this – which will create new jobs and increase activity at the port – will be felt across our entire state for years to come. Not only does this investment prepare the State Pier up for future success by upgrading its infrastructure and heavy-lift capabilities, it also creates jobs in the immediate future, and keeps our state on track towards expanding the use of renewable energy.”
The Connecticut Port Authority and terminal operator Gateway are partnering with Bay State Wind, a joint venture between Ørsted and Eversource, on a new deal that will redevelop State Pier in New London into a world-class, state-of-the-art port facility through combined public-private investment of $93 million to upgrade its infrastructure and heavy-lift capability. These upgrades will allow State Pier to meet the facility requirements of the offshore wind industry and will benefit the port’s long-term growth by increasing its capability to accommodate heavy-lift cargo for years to come.
Last August, Congressman Courtney brought the Administrator of the federal Maritime Administration (MARAD), Admiral Mark Buzby (retired), to eastern Connecticut to meet with the Connecticut Port Authority to discuss their five-year plan for economic growth by tapping into the energy of Connecticut’s maritime economy, and to see how Connecticut and the region have utilized MARAD funding to boost maritime activity. Their tour included a stop to the New London State Pier, where the Connecticut Port Authority outlined their plan to take full advantage of the pier’s potential for growth as more goods and products are shipped on the water.