Foss to Open East Coast Terminal Supporting Offshore Wind Projects

A rendering of the planned New Bedford Foss Marine Terminal. Image courtesy of Saltchuk Marine.

Seattle-based Foss Maritime is teaming up with Cannon Street Holdings LLC to redevelop a 30-acre former Sprague/Eversource site at the Port of New Bedford in Massachusetts into the New Bedford Foss Marine Terminal, Foss has announced.

The terminal, set to open in March 2023, is designed to support offshore wind projects off Massachusetts and the northeastern coast seaboard by providing office space for project teams, coordination space for project technicians and yards for storing and laying down equipment and materials, as well as “berth facilities for tug and barge operations, and host crew transfer vessel and service operation vessel support services,” according to Foss.

Andrew Saunders, local commercial offshore marine industry attorney with Cannon Street Holdings, is to serve as president of the New Bedford Foss Marine Terminal.

“The repurposing of this facility to support offshore wind has been a vision for many and it is great to see this project now begin to materialize,” he said.

“We are thrilled to welcome Foss to the Port of New Bedford,” the city’s mayor, Jon Mitchell, said. “I congratulate Andrew Saunders and Foss’s parent, Saltchuk Marine, for their skillful and persistent effort to close this important deal.”

“Foss’s investment in New Bedford is a great example of how the emerging offshore wind industry, led by the Vineyard Wind 1 project, can have a meaningful impact on the community,” Vineyard Wind CEO Klaus Moeller said.  “The agreement will not only expand Foss’s operations in Massachusetts, but also create opportunities for local residents.”

A groundbreaking event is expected to take place later this year.

By Karen Robes Meeks