Port of Davisville Points
November 2015

About the Port   

The Port of Davisville is Rhode Island's premiere public port and gateway to markets throughout Southern New England.  Strategically located near the mouth of Narragansett Bay, Davisville offers four berths and five terminals with nearly 60 acres of laydown and terminal storage.  Davisville is one of the top auto ports and frozen seafood ports along the East Coast of the United States.  It recently invested $23 million in terminal infrastructure improvements and a 150 MT mobile harbor crane.
Port Facilities
4,500 linear feet of
berthing space
Two piers (each 1,200 feet in length) and bulkhead
32 feet controlling depth - mean low water (MLW)
Intermodal container services and nearly 60 acres of laydown area

No harbor maintenance fee 
Contact Us

For more information on shipping freight through the Port of Davisville, please contact:

Evan Matthews, Port Director
Quonset Development Corporation

+01 (401) 295-0044 ext. 237

95 Cripe Street,
North Kingstown, RI 02852
Record Number of Vessels Arrive at Quonset's Port of Davisville 
2015 is proving to be another banner year for Quonset's Port of Davisville. Governor Gina Raimondo announced the Port's sixth consecutive record breaking year for auto imports on October 27, surpassing last year's total with more than two months to spare.   This week, the 169th international vessel arrived at the Port of Davisville, breaking last year's record number of 168 ships.
Recognized this year by the American Journal of Transportation as "the Biggest Small Port in the U.S.," the Port of Davisville accounted for more than half of the import vessel calls arriving in the Narragansett Bay in 2014, and well over a third of all international ship traffic at Rhode Island ports and terminals.  The Port has consistently been one of the Top Ten auto importers in North America, and the roll on/roll off (RO/RO) cargoes are at nearly five times the volume they were just fifteen years ago.

"The record breaking numbers for both vessels arriving and autos imported are another reflection of the robust growth we've had at the Port of Davisville in recent years," said Steven J. King, PE the Managing Director of the Quonset Development Corporation that manages the Port.  "That success is due to the outstanding collaboration we have with NORAD (North Atlantic Distribution, Inc) the major auto processor and distributor at the port.  This is an achievement all Rhode Islanders should be proud of."   

With a month to go in 2015, the Port has already imported more than 190,000 autos compared to the 2014 total of 178,215.  The fact that cargo at Davisville is not subject to the federal Harbor Maintenance Tax, and the Port has available space to handle a significant amount of cargoes at any one time are major reasons for its growth.  

To learn more about the Port of Davisville and its capabilities, click here.
Port of Davisville Makes
Trade Mission to Korea 
QDC's Evan Matthews visiting with officials from the
Pyeongtaek Port Corporation in South Korea

The final days of August were an exciting time for Port of Davisville Director Evan Matthews who traveled to South Korea to support Commerce RI's trade mission in the area. In addition to seeking new business for the Port, Matthews sought a better understanding of the Korean automotive industry and toured leading logistic facilities.

As part of his overseas journey, Matthews toured the Hyundai factory at the Ulsan Port Authority and met with company representatives. He also met with representatives from the Pyeongtaek Port Authority, home to the largest import/export port for automobiles in Korea. While meeting with these officials Matthews presented a high level introduction to the Port of Davisville, discussing the port's capabilities, shipping lines, capacity and volumes.

"It takes a long time to build relationships, especially overseas," Matthews said. "This was the first step in familiarizing them with what services we provide."

Matthews said his trip was made easier by the fact that most Koreans spoke English. Most signage had an English translation and his interpreter was there mainly for technical terms. It's too early to tell how this helps Davisville, he said, but meeting with people face-to-face is crucial to any relationship.

The trip, put together by the Chafee Center for International Trade at Bryant University, was funded by a grant from the US Commerce Department.
Port of Davisville Pier Master Skip Buxton Receives Life Saving Hero Award
from Red Cross
The Port of Davisville's own, Skip Buxton was honored by the American Red Cross of Rhode Island at this year's Heroes Breakfast in Providence.  A pier master at the Port of Davisville, Buxton was recognized with the Life Saving Hero Award, which was presented by Rhode Island Commerce Secretary, Stefan Pryor.  

Skip used his Red Cross refresher training in CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) last December to help save the life of a longshoreman who was having cardiac arrest. The lifesaving moment was retold in detail by both Channel 10's Kerri Corrado and the Providence Journal's Mark Patinkin.

"Our annual Heroes event is one of the most inspiring moments of the year," said American Red Cross and Rhode Island Chapter Executive Tempie Thompson. "We honor people and organizations that do extraordinary things. They symbolize the best in the human spirit and reflect the Red Cross ideal of helping others."

"We saw some truly impressive nominations, but these honorees rose to the forefront for making a difference - in some cases, a lifesaving difference - in their communities and are true heroes," added Thompson.

To see more pictures from the Heroes Breakfast, click here