New regulations could give New York control of Connecticut's ports
Every year about 350 barges filled with cargo head into Connecticut's ports pouring nearly $2.5 billion into the state's economy. Now some lawmakers and members of the maritime industry fear that could change. On Thursday they gathered in New Haven to rally against new regulations that could give New York control of Connecticut's ports. The regulations submitted by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) to the general Assembly is called a marine pilot rotation. It would grant New York the authority to choose who pilots the ship and all new pilots will be licensed under New York law. That means the smaller shipping lines, could head to larger ports like New York because pilot rates would all be set at the same price, putting Connecticut at a competitive disadvantage. The impact could trickle down to the consumer. However, the Connecticut DOT disagrees, in a statement to News 12 Connecticut a spokesperson says "in our view, the regulations is nothing that will hurt Connecticut's ports or Connecticut's economy.