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Completed Seaport Economic Council Projects

View a list of completed projects funded by the Seaport Economic Council.
SEC Awards 2015 to present Description
Swansea Beach Waterfront Redevelopment Construction is complete on a new bath house and lifeguard building on Swansea Town Beach, part of a beachfront revitalization project.  The master plan was accepted by the Town in October of 2014, and several elements have already been implemented, including beach nourishment, dune grass plantings, and a pocket park on Bay Street. The site design for this building also includes an access road that the Town will use for regular beach nourishment via a “feeder beach” that works with natural longshore currents to distribute sand along the beach.
Barnstable County/Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce Planning Grant The project will advance the region's maritime economy and bring increased, consistent and sustainable prosperity to the Cape and Islands by leveraging its natural coastal resources, the innovative ideas of the local community and existing marine related industries, to increase the number of businesses and jobs in the Cape and Islands region that are not heavily dependent on the seasonal/tourist economy.
Beverly Municipal Harbor Plan Bevelry Harbor and Waterfront Plan 
Beverly Glover Wharf Improvements Installation of guided piles at Glover Wharf.
Water Transportation Study Boston Harbor Now Water Transportation Study by Boston Harbor Now
Bunker Hill CC - College Bound Bunker Hill Community College's partnership with College Bound fostering awareness of the maritime economic sector among Boston's growing population of Opportunity Youth and ensure students gain the necessary skills/certificates to engage in maritime trades.
MTC Grand Challenge Development of a marine hydrokinetic oceanographic data portal that will be hosted live and available online to anyone. 
MRECo,John Miller,  Cape Cod Canal Test Site MRECo created a Cape Cod Canal Tidal Test Site that will be available to developers within the growing tidal energy industry.  
Mass Maritime Academy Pier Extension MMA completed the Maritime Pier Extension to create a safe maritime training environment; to increase dockage for academy small boats; to support R & D for MA offshore renewable energy industry; to provide a critical staging location for federal and state maritime law enforcement engaged in operations including maritime domain recovery; to provide alternate docking location for Schooner Ernestina; to offer Harbor of Refuge for transient vessels
Chatham Old Mill Boat Yard Construction Phase Improvements to the Old Mill Boat Yard public landing facility included replacement of an existing deteriorated bulkhead system, new float systems and other amenities to provide for enhanced public use and berthing opportunities for the boating public. Project has environmental component (containment area for powerwashing the commercial fishing vessels) plus general repairs, renovations and improvements to this publicly-owned commercial facility.  
Chelsea Harbor Plan Chelsea Municipal Harbor Plan
and Designated Port Area Master Plan
Cohasset General Harbor Planning Cohasset Municipal Harbor Plan
UMass Dartmouth Wave Energy Converters Tethered Ballast System: The primary accomplishment of the funded project was the development and validation of the tethered ballast system using a numerical model formulated in MATLAB, along with laboratory tests of a prototype ballast system used to corroborate drag and added mass coefficients used in the model. This effort is described fully in a M.S. thesis (Tarantino, 2018), available for download through the UMass Dartmouth library.
Dartmouth Town Landing 0 Water Street Improvements Construction of a Maritime Center building which includes a welcome center, showers for transient boaters, bathroom, seasonal harbormaster office, public esplanade, a new pier, gangway and floating docks, and upgrades to serve the existing pump-out facility, and an upgraded parking area. 
Dartmouth Harbor Management Plan Dartmouth Harbor Management Plan 
UMD Public Policy Center Study MA Maritime Economy  Navigating the Global Economy: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Massachusetts Maritime Economy by UMass Dartmouth Public Policy Center
Fairhaven Union Wharf Phase 2 Phase 2 West Wall Union Wharf Bulkhead Replacement and Improvements.  
Fairhaven Public Safety Marina Construction of a Public Safety Marina at Union Wharf.  The project consists of two 4’x20’ aluminum gangways, two 26’x8’ floats, fencing, security lighting and engineering oversight.  
UMD Marine Technology Connector Developed a Marine Technology Connector Lab chich houses a program for the purpose of attracting, supporting, and retaining marine technology startups and existing companies in southeastern Massachusetts
Fall River City Pier Redevelopment Project Phase I Fall River City Pier Redevelopment Project Phase I Improvements 
Falmouth/WHOI Phase I Waterfront Facilities Phase I Phase I Iselin Dock replacement.
Gloucester Fresh Seafood  The Mayor, business and civic leaders, non-profit groups (such as Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association) and other concerned citizens have been working together to help our local fishermen and seafood processors by opening up markets for sustainable underutilized species and by supporting businesses with new value-added product development and marketing.  
Gloucester Site Selection Study Site selection study for a visiting boat support center and Harbor Master's Office.
Gosnold Construction of a ferry dock/freight terminal to allow for more secure and safe loading and unloading of passengers and freight to and from Cuttyhunk Island
Harwich Harbormaster office and  boardwalk The Saquatucket Municipal Marina Landside Renovation project includes the construction of a new Harbormaster Office building with expanded restroom facilities for both the public and slip permit holders.  The project also includes space for a waterfront "Snack Shack" building to be leased to a private operator, as well as five seasonal booths to be leased and operated by local vendors and artisans. 
Harwich Saquaticket Municipal Marina East Dock Replacement Replacement of the East Dock section of Saquatucket Municipal Marina.
Hingham Maritime Center Demolishing the existing bath house and construction of a small Maritime Center Building with a combined restroom, shower facility, seasonal restaurant and an educational component that includes Hingham's Maritime History.
Hull Nantasket Beach Revitalization Planning Grant Hull Nantasket Beach Revitalization Planning Grant
Hull Pemberton Point Planning Grant Hull Pemberton Point Planning Grant
Lynn 254 Lynnway Redevelopment Construction of revetment (sloping seawall) to support required Harborwalk (per chapter 91 license) that will provide a publicly accessible pedestrian connection from the Lynn Heritage State Park to the Lynn Ferry landing.
Manchester-by-the-Sea Morss Commercial Pier Design, permitting & bidding of repairs to the Pier and Seawall around the Pier; Construction of the repairs to the Pier and Seawall; improved drainage to prevent future seawall failure. 
Marshfield Maritime Center Construction of the Maritime/Harbormaster Facility.  
Nahant Tudor Wharf Reconstruction Stabilization and reconstruction of the retaining walls/revetments at the water-sheet and subsequent milling and paving of the landside area.  
MTC Grand Challenge Development of a Marine Data Bank applying Spherical Analytics to aggregated data across the maritime industries to be sold shared or traded among stakeholders to enhance productivity, increase efficiencies and add value throughout the supply chain. (
New Bedford City Piers  Completion a full condition survey of the five city owned piers and completion of high priority repairs across the five piers to make them 100% structurally sound.
New Bedford Economic Impact Assessment The Economic Impact Assessment evaluated the local, regional, and statewide economic impacts generated by maritime activity in the Port including impacts generated by cargo activity, fish and seafood processing, vessel services/construction/repair, recreational boating, cruise ships, sightseeing tours, and other commercial and recreational activities.
New Bedford Waterfront Planning Grant The plan will continue the waterfront land use planning exercise currently underway.  
Plymouth Town Boat Ramp - Engineering phase This project supports the maritime objectives of the community by providing the necessary infrastructure to support both the existing commercial activity within the harbor and the growing aquaculture industry.  It will provide for a dedicated boat ramp for commercial fisherman rather than competing with the second busiest state boat ramp and all of its recreational users.
Plymouth Maritime Facility Phase II Final design Construction of a new Maritime Facility.
Plymouth Town Wharf Improvements Improvements to Town Wharf.
Plymouth Harbor Plan Plymouth Harbor Management Plan
Quincy Hough's Neck Maritime Center Permitting, engineering, geotechnical services, and architectural designs for the Houghs Neck Maritime Center Building
Quincy Squantum Point Pier Improvements Phase I The City of Quincy would like to re-establish ferry service by utilizing Squantum Point Pier.  This phase is for design, engineering and permitting.
Rockport Straitsmouth Island Boat Landing Facility One of the most important maritime objectives of Rockport is tourism. By opening up access to this pristine 29-acre island for the first time in over 80 years, it will attract boaters, kayakers, hikers, bird watchers and people wishing to tour both the historic lighthouse and the keeper’s house.  Currently, fewer than 50 visitors land on the island each year. This is mainly due to the lack of a proper and safe landing facility.  The Town expects to increase that number exponentially once a ramp has been built.  Walking trails have been established, the keeper’s house and the lighthouse have been already restored. 
Salem Commercial Marina at Salem Wharf Establishment of Salem Harbor's only public commercial marina.  Located within the boundaries of Salem's Designated Port Area, this facility consists of 11 slips with floats, mooring piles utilities and ramps and serves a range of industrial and commercial uses such as Salem's water taxi, excursion boats, commercial fisherman and commercial yachts.
Salisbury Beach Center Boardwalk Construction of a oceanfront boardwalk will provide the catalyst which will create market demand and viability of the private sector investment.  The boardwalk is Step One in the re-birth of an extremely important piece of the Town's rich history and the promising future of Salisbury Beach.
Saugus River Walk - Design and Permitting phase First and foremost, the RiverWalk project seeks to support and sustain locally based lobstermen by creating new economic opportunity. Attracting local citizens and leisure visitors alike to a newly accessible and inviting Saugus River bank will set the stage for the establishment of new restaurant and retail businesses which could include direct sale of Saugus lobstermen's daily catch. Zoning recently created for the Saugus River waterfront seeks to both attract and facilitate mixed-use development and support the planned RiverWalk through easements and alternatively payments into a fund to help maintain the facilities. 
Saugus Feasibility study and preliminary design/engineering for the proposed Saugus River Walk.
MTC Grand Challenge Development of a network of IoT enabled Smart Lobster Pots that utilize predictive analytics to enhance understanding of ocean floor environment, lobster behaviors and impacts of climate change. (
Study State Piers of MA- MassDevelopment/Siedman State Pier Study - New Bedford, Fall River, Gloucester and Plymouth State Piers.  
Urban Harbors Institute: Building the MA Seafood System Significant economic growth potential exists in the MA seafood economy, but coordinated strategies and investments, including by the University of Mass. campuses and other public education institutions, are required to realize this potential over time.  This project will research the details of these approaches and their applicability to the on-the-ground conditions in MA fishing ports.   
Swampscott Harbor Plan Harbor and Waterfront Plan
Tisbury Pier Improvements Public pier, bulkhead and launch ramp improvements at Lake Tashmoo Landing.
Town of Wareham - Onset Bathhouse Rehabilitation Onset Bathhouse Renovations.
Weymouth Pedestrian Walkway Engineering for pedestrian walkway connecting two beaches.
  Construction of  a pier supported wooden walkway and marine ecology park on public land that borders Belle Isle Marsh.