HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – The state is drafting an economic development plan for Connecticut’s ports.

Legislation enacted earlier this year requires the state to develop a strategy for economic development of the ports in Bridgeport, New Haven and New London.

The state is commissioning a study to inventory port facilities and review accessibility of transportation to the ports and markets or regions that can be served by the ports.

The Connecticut Maritime Coalition says the state’s maritime industries and related economic activity account for more than $5 billion in business and more than 30,000 jobs.

However, traffic at the deep-water ports has been declining due to the weak economy and sediment clogging the harbors that the maritime industry says drives away the largest ships. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans dredging.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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