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New Bedford’s North Terminal will be Reconfigured as a Deep-Draft Berth Featuring Three On-Dock Spurs

11 Dec./New Bedford MA — Port of New Bedford’s North Terminal Extension Project was awarded $15,406,403 to be combined with ~$19 million in matching funds for construction of a new wharf to expand the capacity and utility of the North Terminal. The matching funds are authorized by an Environmental Bond Bill The 800’ wharf bulkhead will be backfilled with clean material from maintenance harbor dredging, and will include three on-dock rail spurs. {USDOT announcement, 11.Dec.2018}

New Bedford, MA: Existing North Terminal land-fill “pods” will be absorbed in to a more stable, usable wharf with excellent rail access to MC and CSX. Yard will have room to grow as rails march south for transit and freight. {Google; annotated by ANRP }.
The project has three components:
  1. Construction of 800 feet of additional bulkhead north of the existing wharf to increase the efficiency of moving product directly from the harbor to offloading or processing facilities, or to rail or truck for regionally, national and global distribution.
  2. Backfill of the constructed bulkhead with clean material from Phase V maintenance berth deepening. The project would be completed as a solid fill pier, constructed over hydraulically placed fill contained within geotextile fabric Confined Aquatic Disposal (CAD) Cell.
  3. Extend three short-line rail spurs between the North Terminal bulkhead and railyard that will provide increased multi-modal transportation options, increasing transport efficiencies for direct boat-to-rail movement of goods


Rail component
The New Bedford railyard connects (across Herman Melville Blvd from the North Terminal Site) is currently the southern terminus of the New Bedford Secondary rail line, connecting to CSX’s Middlebury Subdivision. An existing rail spur is used by the USEPA to transport their dewatered sediment from an ongoing sediment cleanup project, and Maritime International (a stevedore and cold storage company) recently extended another rail spur south to their facility. Plans exist to extend rail service to the South Terminal to connect the southern and northern portions of the Port via rail. Additionally, the MassDOT has plans to extend the South Coast Rail commuter line to Boston into this area, with a platform planned for the southern end of the railyard at the Whale’s Tooth Parking lot. {North Terminal Intermodal Facility Development Project for Long-Term Regional Economic Growth, Port of New Bedford 2017 TIGER Grant Application}