The Maine Port Authority is a quasi-independent state-entity, operating under the direction of a seven-member Board of Directors. The Board Chair - the Commissioner of MaineDOT - and the President of the Maine International Trade Center are statutorily appointed to the board, and the remaining five-members are appointed by the Governor.
The Authority owns and operates Maine's only container terminal, the International Marine Terminal in Portland. The terminal offers direct access to the North Atlantic and Europe via the Icelandic steamship company Eimskip and connections to Asia through CMA-CGA. Last year more than $460 million worth of goods flowed through the terminal, with businesses in 11 of Maine's 16 counties utilizing the facility.
The Authority also owns assets at the Mack Point terminal in Searsport, including the Maine State Pier and a heavy lift mobile harbor crane. This facility is operated by Sprague Energy and specializes in bulk, liquid and special project cargo. Mack Point benefits from access to the CMQ Railroad, which directly connects the port through Canada and into the Midwest US.
The Rockland Office of the Maine Port Authority was opened in 2019 to assist communities in the Penobscot Bay and River Basin region with maritime and multi-modal transportation planning and infrastructure development. This office also coordinates with the Maine Office of Tourism and the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development on statewide issues related to the cruise industry and is a key partner with CruiseMaine.
The Maine Port Authority serves as the co-chair of the Maine & New Hampshire Port Safety Forum in collaboration with the US Coast Guard. The Authority promotes several educational programs in southern Maine and is working to expand those programs along the coast.