Iselin, N.J. — The Connecticut Port Authority appointed Mott MacDonald to provide strategic advisory services for the development and operation of its New London State Pier. Mott MacDonald will be responsible for securing a qualified long-term partner to manage and improve operations and facilities at the New London State Pier, and to maximize cargo flow and economic impact of the facility.

“We are proud to have the opportunity to contribute to the revitalization of New London and the state of Connecticut,” said Nick DeNichilo, President and CEO of Mott MacDonald in North America. “Our growing Ports Practice and our extensive experience with public-private partnerships make us well positioned to take on this challenge.”

The Connecticut Port Authority plans to release an RFQ to the market in early 2018. Critical factors in evaluating respondents will include relevant experience, qualified team, strategic planning, employment provided (direct and indirect), socioeconomic benefits, and financial benefits to the Authority.

The New London State Pier covers nearly 30 acres and has two piers with direct rail and deepwater access. Approximately 100 miles south of Boston and 130 miles northeast of New York City, it is located next to major highways serving the Northeast. The New London State Pier is located near major shipyards such as Electric Boat and the U.S. Navy Sub Base in Groton, as well as United Technologies, Pratt & Whitney, and General Electric. This gives New London easy access to America’s biggest manufacturers.

The Connecticut Port Authority oversees the state’s three deepwater ports in Bridgeport, New Haven, and New London, as well as the many smaller harbors and waterways that make up Connecticut’s maritime industry. A quasi-public agency of the State of Connecticut, its primary responsibility is to market and coordinate the development of the State’s ports and maritime economy.