Office of Freight Transportation
Maine continues to follow
the Three-Port Strategy that was first implemented in the late 1970s
to preserve the coast of Maine's resources while at the same time
encouraging needed industrial port development.
The strategy promotes
cargo port development in Maine's three ports of Eastport, Searsport,
and Portland. The ports have shown steady, consistent growth.
In 1980, only a small amount of dry cargo was handled at the Port
of Searsport and none in Eastport and Portland. Today the three
ports collectively handle over 1.5 million tons of dry cargo. Additionally,
Portland and Searsport also handle roughly 125 million barrels of
Over the years, the MaineDOT
has invested significantly in each of the three ports to help promote
this growth. In Eastport, a $20 million facility was completed in
1998. In Searsport, a $20 million investment in a public/private
partnership with Sprague Energy resulted in a new terminal being
completed in 2003. And in Portland, improvements to
the International Marine Terminal such as the purchase of a new
container crane and additional land has ensured that the Port of
Portland remains competitive.
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For more information about ports
and maritime commerce in Maine please e-mail John Henshaw