The Port of Davisville welcomed its newest addition on Friday – a 126-foot-tall harbor crane. Gov. Lincoln Chafee joined Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse at the port as the new piece of equipment arrived.
Officials hope the crane will help bring more business to Quonset Point, where the port is located. The $4-million crane is capable of lifting up to 140 metric tons and was purchased using federal funds.
“Today is a good day for Quonset and the future of Rhode Island. This extraordinary new piece of equipment will help us create more jobs and bring more business to our state and to our residents,” said Governor Chafee. “This will ensure that Quonset Business Park continues to be the economic engine of growth that we need, and help define the Park as one of Rhode Island’s key resources.”
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“Upgrading the pier and adding this versatile new crane will help leverage the federal investments we’ve made in Quonset by bringing short sea-shipping options to the port," said Senator Reed. "After decades of work, the Port of Davisville has become an important hub for the auto-import business. We want to build on that success. This crane can help us diversify, maximize our assets, and bring more business and economic growth to Rhode Island."