Quonset’s Port of Davisville
At Quonset, the plan will modernize and expand Pier 2 at the Port of Davisville. Built in 1956 and designed to last 50 years, Pier 2 is the “Workhorse of Davisville”. It handles all of the heavy cargo, like wind turbine parts and electric transformers, that pass through the port. The proposal will extend the life of the structure until 2072 and add an additional berth, in order to handle more ships.
Quonset's Port of Davisville is consistently on of the Top 10 auto ports in North America. It now handles more than six times the volume of automobiles shipped there in 1996, with 547% growth over the past 20 years. It supports 1,500 direct and indirect jobs and nearly $100 million in annual household income for Rhode Island families. It also generates $27 million in state and local tax revenue.
Port of Providence
ProvPort, which manages the general cargo marine terminal at the Port of Providence, is one of only two deep water ports in New England. ProvPort is a Rhode Island success story that has excelled at attracting companies to Rhode Island. Unfortunately, the terminal there has run out of space.
The proposal also calls for the creation of additional marine terminal facilities along Allens Avenue, which currently has many under-utilized properties. The plan calls for the state to buy the land and maintain ownership. ProvPort would market and manage the expanded area. Both the State of Rhode Island and the City of Providence would receive millions of dollars in revenue from new terminal operations.
This investment will create new tenant space at ProvPort and new berthing space at Quonset’s Port of Davisville that will allow both ports to better service growth and pursue new shipping business.
But why now? What are the opportunities?
First – servicing the growing off shore wind industry. Centrally located between Cape Cod and New Jersey, Rhode Island is well positioned to continue to be a leader in this area. Experts project billions in private investment and thousands of jobs in the coming years. But Narragansett Bay struggled to find the terminal space to service the five wind turbines for the first-in-the-nation Block Island wind farm. Current plans call for hundreds more such turbines, which means that Rhode Island must invest in its port terminal space, or be left behind by Massachusetts and Connecticut.
The opening of the new Panama Canal creates even more opportunity for new cargoes and new shipping. Already, ships that couldn’t have fit through the old canal (post-Panamax ships) are calling in Narragansett Bay. The canal’s recent expansion means smaller ships may be pushed aside for larger ones at major East Coast ports, like New York, creating opportunity for Rhode Island at Quonset and at the deep-water port in Providence.
Protect What We Have and Build for the Future
The plan will preserve hundreds of jobs in the maritime sector and keep Rhode Island competitive with other ports in the region.
As our neighboring states make massive investments in their ports, including over $700 million in Connecticut and $660 million in Massachusetts. We must re-invest in our key waterfront assets or Rhode Island will be left behind.