The Port of New Bedford/Fairhaven
New Bedford Harbor is ringed by New Bedford to the west and Fairhaven and Acushnet to the east and north. The harbor is at the mouth of the Acushnet River, the estuary where the river and ocean waters meet, mixing the fresh water of the river flow with the salt water of the ocean tides. The harbor’s hurricane barrier, built by the Army Corps of Engineers in the 1960s, has a 150 foot gate that lets boats pass through. The gate can be closed to protect the fishing fleet, docks, and town from storm surges that wreaked havoc in the past.