Quonset’s Port of Davisville breaks auto import record

Number of vehicles processed at the Port increased by 8.7% in 2018

For the seventh time in eight years, the Port of Davisville had a record-breaking year for auto imports in 2018, Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) announced recently. The Port welcomed a total of 241,851 vehicles via ship and a combined total of 280,387 by ship, rail and truck last year, breaking the previously held record of 2017 by 8.7%.

Located at Quonset Business Park, the Port of Davisville is Rhode Island’s only public port and consistently a top ten Auto Importer in North America, with four berths for ships and over 60 acres of terminal storage. Davisville has seen unparalleled growth of over 892% throughout the last 20 years since 1996.

“QDC is pleased with the continued success of the Port of Davisville,” said QDC Managing Director Steven King in a prepared statement. “As we invest in the port and expand its capabilities, we will be able to help create more jobs for Rhode Island.”

“We are glad to announce another year of growth at the Port of Davisville,” said Port Director Bob Blackburn in a prepared statement. “The new record reflects our commitment to continue this momentum with the upcoming improvements to Pier 2, the ‘workhorse’ of the Port, and continued support from the Quonset Development Corporation.”

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QDC, which manages the port and the 3,200-acre Quonset Business Park, receives no appropriation in the state budget for operations.  Federal and state funds do help support infrastructure investments at the Park.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed announced in spring 2018 that the Port of Davisville had been chosen by the U.S. Department of Transportation to join a new maritime highway project, and was awarded an $855,200 federal grant for the purchase of additional shipyard equipment to support the Port’s cargo handling and their new role in the marine highway initiative. The initiative will reduce roadway congestion and transportation costs, while increasing overall transportation efficiency for businesses.

About Quonset Development Corporation: The Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) manages the Quonset Business Park, home to more than 200 companies, nearly 12,000 full and part-time jobs, and the Port of Davisville, one of the Top Ten auto-importers in North America. The 3,212-acre Business Park is Rhode Island’s leading engine of job growth and economic development. 


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