Officials are calling for a statewide port authority, a quasi-public agency, to promote the ports in New Haven, Bridgeport and New London to domestic and international shippers and seek funding for improvements. The move comes as U.S. ports invest billions in dredging and other projects to accommodate a new generation of larger ships anticipated as the Panama Canal is expanded.
While Connecticut's ports can't handle the largest ships, officials are hoping the state will benefit by winning the business of smaller ships as major ports focus on larger vessels.
Business has steadily declined at the ports in recent years.
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