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June 18, 2024

CT Port Authority hires first maritime development manager

Contributed Connecticut Port Authority Maritime Development Manager Eric Dussault

The Connecticut Port Authority said it has hired its first maritime development manager to lead the agency in future infrastructure projects and grant allocations.

Coast Guard veteran and former American Cruise Lines executive Eric Dussault began his post as the port authority’s maritime development manager earlier this month. Dussault will now oversee the quasi-public agency’s Small Harbors Improvement Projects Program (SHIPP), port and harbor dredging projects, the Pilot Commission administration, and coordination of state and federal grants and other initiatives.

Specifically regarding SHIPP, Dussault will work with the Connecticut Marine Trades Association and other stakeholders to allocate and support those looking for grants through the program, which provides money for infrastructure improvements and maritime economic development.

In three rounds of grant funding so far, SHIPP has awarded more than $12 million for 33 projects in 16 Connecticut municipalities, the port authority said. The authority is accepting applications for the fourth round of SHIPP grants until July 1.

Prior to his new role, Dussault worked for travel company American Cruise Lines for nine years, most recently as director of port operations. He’s also a licensed 100-ton captain and has previously worked as a sea tow operations manager in Connecticut. He currently sits on the Old Saybrook Board of Finance.

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