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Marine Commerce Terminal in New Bedford
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is undertaking the management of the development of the Marine Commerce Terminal in New Bedford.
The terminal is the first facility in the nation designed to support the construction, assembly, and deployment of offshore wind projects, as well as handle bulk, break-bulk, container shipping and large specialty marine cargo. As part of construction, the project included the dredging and removal of approximately 280,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment and the landside clean-up of 18,000 tons of contaminated soil caused by industrial waste generated during the 1930s and 1940s, a significant environmental benefit to the City of New Bedford. The first of its kind in North America, the terminal has been engineered to sustain mobile crane and storage loads that rival the highest capacity ports in the nation.
The terminal, which is located inside New Bedford Harbor and protected by the hurricane barrier, is in close proximity to offshore wind planning areas along the East Coast that are under consideration for development. The federal government is leading an offshore wind permitting and leasing process in nine states, including Massachusetts, along the Atlantic Coast. That process is expected to lead to the construction of multiple projects, many of which could make use of this first-in-the-nation facility.
Offshore wind is the largest potential source of clean energy for Massachusetts, and its development can create a significant new industry here in the Commonwealth. The U.S. Department of Energy projects 43,000 clean energy jobs will be created in the offshore wind industry nationally by 2030.
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