MOORING REGULATIONS

PORT OF NEW BEDFORD

 

Mooring Regulations

The Harbor Attendants operate and maintain the ten mooring fields in the inner and outer Harbor consisting of a total of 496 moorings as well as two dinghy docks (Pope’s Island Marina and Gifford Street). The chart below lists the mooring fields and number of moorings per field.

Harbor Attendants are responsible for assigning moorings and keeping track of user applications submitted annually. The Harbor Attendants also manage the annual billing and disseminate copies of the current Mooring and Anchoring Regulations. As required by Massachusetts General Law, waiting lists are maintained for mooring assignments.

View the Inner Harbor map and the general location of the Pope’s Island and Gifford Street mooring fields, boat ramps, and dinghy docks.

NBPA mooring categories

The NBPA offers three categories of moorings to harbor customers:

 

Private/Recreational Moorings
For recreational boaters who want either seasonal or transient moorings
-$150 annual fee (if you install your own mooring)

-Transient

Boats ≤ than 44’ LOA  – $35.00 per night

Boats ≥ than 44’ LOA  – $45.00 per night

Commercial Moorings
For New Bedford marine businesses who rent moorings as part of their business operation
$150 annually for each mooring
Marine Industrial Moorings
For New Bedford commercial marine industrial use
$150 annually for each mooring

Private Mooring Companies

Bayline Boatyard

 

Captain Leroys

 

Whaling City Marina

 

How to Apply for a Mooring with the NBPA

Download Mooring Permit Application Form

Fax or submit the Mooring Permit Application to the NBPA:  Fax # is 508.984-2640

Rules and Regulations:

  • Any person or business who desires an annual permit for the placement on a temporary basis of a recreational or commercial mooring to secure a vessel, float, raft, or related structure held by a permanent bottom-anchored mooring system must submit a written Mooring Application to the NBPA, together with a one-time, non-refundable application fee.
  • The application fee is for the processing of the application and is separate from any mooring permit fee required herein.
  • No part of a mooring system, including anchor or ground tackle, may be set prior to the issuance of a permit by the NBPA for the placement or maintenance of said mooring at a location established and approved by the NBPA.
  • Any mooring system set without authorization of the NBPA may be removed immediately by the NBPA and the expense associated therewith will be the responsibility of the applicant/owner and the permit application shall be forfeited.
  • All ground tackle and other appurtenances shall be deemed abandoned and disposed of by the New Bedford Port Authority at the owner’s expense.

Dinghy Docks, Racks and Ramps

Convenient Locations and Affordable Rates

The NBPA oversees the dinghy docks, ramps and racks for residential, commercial, marine industrial, and transient use.

Location
Recreational Rental Fees
Commercial Rental Fees
Dinghy Docks
Pope’s Island Marina
East side of Pope’s Island off Route 6 parking lot
Free (transient only)

$150 seasonal pass{in water}

$40 Dinghy Rack Space

Gifford Street
Follow channel west of Palmer Island to Gifford St. Boat ramp
Free (transient only)

$150 seasonal pass{in water}

$40 Dinghy Rack Space

US Coast Guard Park
South of State Pier
Free (transient only)
Tonneson Park
South of Wharfinger Building
Free (transient only)
Public Boat Ramps
Gifford Street
Western end of Hurricane Barrier
$7 Daily parking pass

$55 Seasonal parking pass

$7 Daily parking pass

$25 seasonal  parking pass with proof of commercial fishing license

CHARTER:

$20 daily ramp fee

$150 seasonal pass

HAULING RAMP:

$300 First vehicle seasonally; $75 for each additional

West Rodney French Blvd.
South of Hurricane Barrier
$7 Daily parking pass

$55 Seasonal parking pass

$7 Daily use

$25 seasonal  parking pass with proof of commercial fishing license

CHARTER:

$20 daily ramp fee

$150 seasonal pass

HAULING RAMP:

$300 First vehicle seasonally; $75 for each additional

East Rodney French Blvd.
Clark’s Cove south of Hurricane Barrier
$7 Daily parking pass

$55 Seasonal parking pass

$7 Daily use

$25 seasonal  parking pass with proof of commercial fishing license

CHARTER:

$20 daily ramp fee

$150 seasonal pass

HAULING RAMP:

$300 First vehicle seasonally; $75 for each additional

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