The Maritime Cluster shares membership with organizations and businesses in the Defense Cluster in areas such as shipbuilding, manufacturing, training, engineering services and homeland security, and with the Tourism Cluster in water-based recreation, and the major attractions:
The cluster also includes numerous activities involving maritime manufacturing, maintenance/repair, transportation, warehousing, and wholesale trade.
The cluster includes the major, deep water port facility at Admiral Shear State Pier in New London, which routinely berths bulk cargo vessels and in recent has welcomed cruise ships from several major cruise lines.
In 2012 and 2013 activity at the Port was centered entirely on shipments of steel. Countries of origin where the steel is manufactured include China, Brazil and several European nations. All European shipments originate in Antwerp regardless of manufacturing country.
Southeastern Connecticut has also has a long history in commercial fishing with a significant presence today in both New London and Stonington.
Ferry transport between the New London multi-modal facility and adjacent islands includes conventional car ferries as well as the most modern high speed passenger vessels operated by
Maritime education is robust in Southeastern CT, which is not only the home of the US Coast Guard Academy but also the world-class maritime research and education facility embodied in the Marine Sciences and Technology Center at the University of CT. In 2011 the Marine Science Magnet High School of Southeastern Connecticut opened in Groton to provide education in the Marine Sciences and Technologies that fuel this cluster and to provide training for the future employees of this important regional industry. In 2014 the school was named a "CT School of Distinction of Highest Overall Performance."
Rendering of proposed U.S. Coast Guard Museum - anticipated completion 2020.