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    The Ports of Massachusetts Strategic Plan is intended to support the principal mission of the Ports of Massachusetts Compact: to improve coordination between its members and to adopt a collaborative approach to the planning, design, funding, construction, operation, and maintenance of the Commonwealth’s water-based transportation and waterfront port facilities. The Strategic Plan will be the first technical product of the Compact, and its purpose is to provide recommendations and guide future investments, policy, initiatives and planning around the five major ports of the Commonwealth: Boston, Fall River, Gloucester, New Bedford and Salem.

    The Commonwealth’s port system should be organized in such a way to provide more efficient, interconnected service to better meet port customers’ differing needs and the needs of a regional economy. The Plan will incorporate an analysis of the operation of each port, with the purpose of identifying ways in which the Commonwealth port system can be improved to achieve greater efficiencies of service and greater economic benefits, individually and as a group. This analysis shall include a thorough review of the Commonwealth’s port network taken holistically, including: each port’s operations and needs; barriers to improved service; and state, regional, and national marine transportation and economic trends as they relate to the Massachusetts port network.

    Compact Goals

    The goals of the Ports of Massachusetts Compact guide the development of the Ports of Massachusetts Strategic Plan. The following are preliminary goals that are intended to frame the key issues to be addressed in the Strategic Plan:

    1. Increase mobility for people and goods within and through the Commonwealth in a safe, secure, environmentally sustainable, and efficient manner.
    2. Promote and adopt administrative efficiency and program improvement initiatives between and among transportation agencies, authorities, and municipalities.
    3. Share best practice techniques for project implementation across the Commonwealth.
    4. Better integrate delivery of transportation services and goods across the Commonwealth.

    Plan Objectives

    The following are preliminary overarching objectives for the Strategic Plan, as defined by the Ports of Massachusetts Compact:
    • To define the existing and projected infrastructure, ownership, operations, and policy environment for the five maritime ports in the Compact.
    • To identify existing and projected physical, operational and other constraints on the five maritime ports in the Compact.
    • To describe maritime trade, investment and fishing trends and projected future conditions within Massachusetts as well as at national and global levels.
    • To identify existing and potential safety and security issues associated with the maritime port system in Massachusetts.
    • To recommend strategies for preserving, enhancing and improving the maritime transportation system in Massachusetts, including synergies and trade-offs between different ports.
    • To recommend strategies for further increasing the economic development potential of the ports in Massachusetts, including the reuse of port infrastructure and increasing port commerce.
    • To evaluate existing policies and regulatory frameworks for the ports in Massachusetts, and recommend strategies to better operate within these frameworks and/or update policies where possible.
    • To recommend financing sources, programs, and strategies to fund improvements in maritime port infrastructure and operations in Massachusetts.
    • To identify and evaluate potential investment opportunities to help the Commonwealth’s ports achieve the stated strategic goals.


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    If you have comments or questions related to the Ports of Massachusetts Strategic Plan, please contact:
    Matthew Ciborowski, Project Manager
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