Sitting in traffic at the Tomlinson Bridge just outside the Port of New Haven, it’s hard to appreciate the importance of the ships passing below.
But that barge maneuvering ever-so-slowly under the span and chugging its way toward New Haven Harbor represents one facet of a state maritime industry with $11.2 billion in annual economic impact that employs nearly 60,000 people across Connecticut.
That barge is also an avatar of New Haven’s busy port — a waterfront economic engine that got busier last year due to the national supply chain crisis.
The number of ships visiting the port jumped by 35% in 2021 compared to 2020, and cargo tonnage for last year is expected to exceed pre-pandemic levels, according to port officials. Read More