Should Rhode Island expand its deepwater ports?

By PBN Staff
Posted 2/17/09

Gov. Donald L. Carcieri won his first election campaigning, in large measure, on a promise to stop the creation of a container port at Quonset Point in North Kingstown.

Now, the success of automobile shipping activity in the Quonset Business Park and the poor economic performance of the state in general have many business people and politicians calling for a new look at expansion of shipping there as well as in Providence.

The question is not only whether the people of Rhode Island want more shipping, but if so, then where do they want it to take place?

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Robert Shea

Rhode Island has one natural resource. It is economic suicide not to develop a comprehensive commercial shipping/ports plan. Will it take a state default for people to realize that our economy and tax structure is broken.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 | Report this

I do not understand the logic of failing to fully develop our [RI] ports. I recently retired from the US Navy with four tours in RI including one at Quonset Point. RI is a coastal state with unlimited potential to the sea. It has maritime history on its side, ship building and repair facilities, world-class federal and academic ocean research institutions and short access to open-ocean sea lanes. RI is a natural sea port for inter-modal coastal shipping, fisheries, offshore energy, tourism and connecting the northeast US to world-wide commerce. Let’s realize RI as a leading, environmentally sensitive ‘Ocean State’, it would be a great stimulus plan for RI.

Dick West, Coventry

Friday, February 20, 2009 | Report this
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