Massachusetts Awards USD 150 Million for New Bedford and Salem Port Upgrades; Salem Site Could Support Floating Wind

Massachusetts Awards USD 150 Million for New Bedford and Salem Port Upgrades; Salem Site Could Support Floating Wind

On December 20, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Deputy Gov. Karyn Polito announced the award of a $180 million site in Salem that could also support floating wind.

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Of the $75 million for the Port of New Bedford, $15 million will go to the New Bedford Port Authority to expand its North Terminal bulkhead and terminal space. $45 million is earmarked for facility improvements at MassCEC’s New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal, and an additional $15 million will go to New Bedford Foss Marine Terminal for redevelopment of a site to house operations and terminal logistics facility in support of offshore wind projects will.

Another $75 million will go to Crowley to rebuild a vacant industrial dock in Salem that Lt. Governor Polito will also support the development of floating winds in northern Massachusetts.

As reported in October, Crowley purchased 42 acres at the former Salem Harbor Station, which will be redeveloped and will serve as the future home of the Salem Harbor Wind Terminal, the second major offshore windport terminal in the state.

The Salem Harbor Wind Terminal is a public-private partnership signed between Crowley and the City of Salem, with AVANGRID acting as the port’s anchor tenant through its Commonwealth Wind and Park City Wind projects.

In addition, the Massachusetts government granted Prysmian $25 million to build its offshore wind cable manufacturing facility in Somerset.

The Italy-based company acquired land at Brayton Point in Somerset from the Commercial Development Company (CDC) earlier this year.

The site, which was home to a now-closed coal-fired power plant, will soon become home to the $200 million factory, which will supply cables for the Commonwealth Wind and Park Wind City offshore wind farms and other offshore wind projects the US east coast.

Massachusetts also awarded $360,000 to Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding for shipyard upgrades to enable their Somerset facility to manufacture and repair high-speed aluminum crew transfer vessels (CTVs) and $4.6 million to Shoreline Marine Terminal for the construction of new berths, bulkheads and piers for the transfer of offshore wind power and other vessels.

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