New Bedford Port Authority

The New Bedford Port Authority is the governing body of the Port of New Bedford.


The NBPA (formerly Harbor Development Commission) was created by the Massachusetts General Court under Chapter 762 of the Acts of 1957. As such, the NBPA is not a Department of the City, but rather an autonomous body charged with managing the Port. Chaired by the Mayor, the Commission consists of seven members as appointed by the Mayor and approved by City Council. The term of the Commissioners is three years. The New Bedford enabling legislation gives the NBPA the authorities of the harbormaster and the responsibility to manage commercial and recreational vessel activities over all the waters within the New Bedford city limits. The crucial day-to-day operations and decision making is the responsibility of the NBPA staff headed by an Executive Director.

The NBPA manages all City-owned waterfront property, including Homer’s, Leonard’s, Steamship, Coal Pocket, and Fisherman’s Wharves, as well as a 204-slip recreational marina at Pope’s Island and 19 real estate assets. The NBPA also assigns moorings and enforces rules regarding use of piers, wharves, and adjacent parking areas under its jurisdiction, and issues permits for harbor events and for use of city-owned waterfront facilities.

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Site Location Assistance (Specialty)
  • Economic Development (Specialty)


  • Makerspace / Hackerspace

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • City Business Issues

Regulatory Compliance

  • Environmental Compliance
  • Government Requirements
Contact Information
Edward Anthes-Washburn
123 MacArthur Dr.
New Bedford, MA 02740