In This Issue
Two Very Different Ports Moving RI Forward
QDC Conference Center Offers and Affordable Option
Marketplace Expresses Strong Interest in Terminal Operator
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Independent Newspapers: Nana's Gelato Cafe, sports complex opening in NK   

Maritime Journal: New Incat ferry for Rhode Island          

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Two Very Different Ports Moving
Rhode Island Forward  


National Port Leader: Present Arrangement
"Can only mean more business and job
opportunities for Rhode Island"


The Port of Davisville at Quonset Business Park is Rhode Island's only public port, open to all shipping customers. The Port of Providence is made up of six independently owned and operated terminals. ProvPort is a non-profit organization charged with running the largest of these terminals, on the site of the former municipal Port of Providence. Although very different, both Davisville and Providence are thriving, and actively working in tandem to help drive Rhode Island's economy forward.

Kurt Nagle,
President of the AAPA

"Rhode Island is fortunate to have a number of marine terminals along Narragansett Bay that have found ways to serve different types of cargoes," said Kurt Nagle, president and CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)., an Alexandria, VA. - based trade organization representing seaports throughout the Western Hemisphere. "Each terminal has found its own niche of customers and cargo, which helps business grow at each place."

"The ultimate beneficiary," he added, "is the Rhode Island economy."    


For the Port of Davisville, the auto-import business is thriving because of the available laydown space within close vicinity of the piers. The clean, open air spaces ensure manufacturers that their autos won't be subject to heavy congestion, dust or smog.  These factors, and competitive pricing, have helped make the Port of Davisville the 7th largest auto-importer in North America.    


At ProvPort and the other terminals on the Providence River, the bulk cargo business drives their success. Whether it be salt, coal, scrap or some kind of liquid cargo, many bulk commodity customers find the Port of Providence an ideal place to ship their goods. With a draft depth of 40' feet and its long history of serving industrial companies, ProvPort is seen as one of the top ports on the East Coast for transporting bulk materials. In fact, Quonset officials often refer bulk business leads to ProvPort.   


Both Ports are looking to expand their market in the break bulk and project cargo business. With the addition of the new mobile harbor crane at the Port of Davisville, and the prospective acquisition of two high performance cranes at ProvPort, both secured through federal TIGER grants, the ports can attract additional container and project cargo business. ProvPort and Davisville also share the same union longshoremen, where individuals may staff one port on one day, and work at the other port on the next day.   


AAPA's CEO also noted that the momentum the ports are realizing can be attributed to their autonomy. "Both Providence and Davisville each have their own wheelhouse or niche, and there's not much overlap, so it appears to be an ideal situation for the state's economy," said Mr. Nagle. "With both ports pursuing more cargo, it can only mean more business and job opportunities for Rhode Island."   

QDC Conference Center:
An Attractive, Affordable Option

The Quonset Development Corporation Conference Center and Meeting Space is becoming a popular option for businesses and organizations looking to host a large group gathering or important stakeholder meeting. Priced affordably, the QDC Annex offers two options -  either a small room for 40 individuals, or use of the full facility, which can comfortably accommodate up to 75 attendees. Rates are available for both full and half day use.   


The building itself features state of the art technology, ample parking, restrooms and a small kitchenette for use. Tables, chairs, Internet service, overhead projector, scanner, and copier access are also included in the rental charges. Guests are also allowed to bring in outside catering at their own expense.   


If you are interested in learning more about the QDC Conference Center and Meeting Space call our offices at 401-295-0044 and ask for Jill Sherman or Christine Andrews. We look forward to making your next gathering a success.


Marketplace Expresses Strong   

Interest in Terminal Operations RFP  


The Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) issued a public Request for Proposals (RFP) in late July for a qualified company to provide terminal services on our behalf. The company would provide container handling, receiving, and staging on Terminal 2 at the Port of Davisville. Based on a recommendation of the Legislative Port Commission, the RFP calls for maintaining the Port of Davisville as a public port, open to all shipping customers under the operational control and direction of the QDC.

Two proposals received before the August 9 deadline are under review by the QDC. The proposals came from RI Port Services and Ports America. Over the coming weeks, QDC staff will meet with the candidates to discuss their proposals and issue a decision in late September.
The announcement comes as the QDC nears completion of several terminal improvements to the Port. These improvements were financed by a $22.3 million TIGER grant from the US Maritime Administration, secured with the help of U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, as well U.S. Rep. James Langevin. These grants funded the new mobile harbor crane and more than 3.5 acres of platform improvements to the Pier 2 loading area.

The TIGER improvements are designed to expand other port business with the new crane seen as the last key element required for the Port to become active in the short sea shipping industry.  Earlier this year a legislative report estimated the market for container shipping volume at Davisville to be 20,000 units per year.  With the crane in place, the Port of Davisville will be able to service 100% of that projected cargo.

The Terminal Operating License shall only be for containers loaded and unloaded by the QDC mobile harbor crane, and all relevant market rates will continue to be set by the QDC.