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Davisville Could Become Destination for Cargo Barges [poll]

Twelve state legislators are proposing that the ports at Davisville and Providence could become hubs for cargo barges.

A dozen state legislators are recommending the ports of Davisville and Providence could take larger roles in the East Coast shipping industry.

A Port Commission of state representatives released a report Tuesday, suggesting that the two Rhode Island parts could become destinations for cargo barges if shipping lanes are properly dredged. The commission recommends that the state issue roughly $7.5 million bonds to dredge Davisville and the shipping lane between Quonset and Jamestown.

According to the report, Rhode Island (which once hosted one of the most prosperous commercial centers in colonial times and grew once again during World War II) has "fallen well behind" other states along the Atlantic coast in terms of port and maritime activity. The commission points to the rapid development of major deepwater container ports in areas like New York and New Jersey as one of the reasons for this. 

Today, port-related economy in the Ocean State generates $320 million in economic activity and employs more than 3,600 people According to the commission's projections, augmenting the ports of Davisville and Providence could add another 1,000 jobs to that total, as well as $127 million in business revenue and more than $8 million in state and local tax revenues.

Geography may work in Rhode Island's factor, as major distributing centers for Target and Walmart may opt for closer ports in the state over the Delaware River Ports.

Paul Marshall February 19, 2012 at 03:24 PM
"Check with his neighbors"...what are we in JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL here? "Slimy earwig" it's laughable that you use phrases like these and view them as valid dialog. Who does this? It's like Firemen yelling threats at the Town Council. How does this advance the conversation? It shows lack of discipline, deficiency in work ethic and a GIANT lack of respect. These are bullying tactics that have brought us to the diasterous condition. Your hatred for others is appalling.
NKGOP Watch February 20, 2012 at 01:14 AM
PAUL MARSHALL VERSION: (Lets see your reply NOW!) lol By the way, when the Halley scandal was in full swing with the town and its children held hostage by halley and his scummy administration and supporting NKGOP contingent, Ehrhardt told the president of Operation Clean Government that he 'knew nothing about the details', when I asked around for people to count just the emails sent to him (not counting phone calls, face to face and letters, etc), it was IN THE HUNDREDS.
NKGOP Watch February 20, 2012 at 03:51 PM
PAUL MARSHALL still silent...
Paul Marshall February 20, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Halley? Did I touch a nerve? Please let's stay focused on the issues and refrain from personal attack. Ad Hominem attacks are illegitimate argument. Bullying, yelling (big capital letters) is childish. ...What's next? You coming to my house and kill my dog? Key my car? Demeaning others just demeans yourself. Once bankruptcy gets going, it is a federal issue and we all suffer. Corrupt local judges will be out of the process. The pain will be grievous and longterm. We brought this on ourselves. We need jobs, we need to attract entrepreneurs and investors. Not more government and unions. All this other stuff is nonsense. Truly sad.
NKresidenttaxpayervoter February 20, 2012 at 05:45 PM
All ahead full! Bring those containers in by the thousands!! Teamsters driving the trucks, longshoreman loading and unloading the barges. Should have been done years ago. It's working for the auto industry. Cars are coming in by the thousands! And hardly anyone notices.

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