Down East port marks 1,000th ship in 3 decades

Posted April 20, 2011, at 9:52 a.m.
Last modified April 20, 2011, at 10:30 a.m.

EASTPORT, Maine — After being in business for 30 years, the Eastport Port Authority in Maine is marking a major milestone: welcoming the Down East port’s 1,000th ship.

WCSH-TV says the CEC Mirage gained that distinction when it arrived from Turkey on Tuesday, carrying empty cattle cars.

Officials say the port’s success plays a major role in the region’s economic development. Eastport City Council President Robert Peacock said each ship represents hundreds of jobs in the city, Washington County and beyond.

Officials also say the port has far exceeded expectations for economic growth. It’s looking to increase its cow and bulk cargo business in the future.

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