SEAFOOD INDUSTRIAL PARK
A Premier Seafood Harbor
The Newport News Seafood Industrial Park (SIP) is one of the nation’s premier seafood harbors and an important part of the City’s economy. The SIP is owned by the City and managed by the City’s Harbor Master. It is home to a number of seafood and other water-dependent companies. It provides full-service accommodations to the seafood industry, including utility hook-ups and vessel fueling, service and repair.
- In the past decade, the Seafood Industrial Park has averaged in the top 10 nationally for value of seafood landed.
- Over 70 ocean-going trawlers and more than 20 inshore fishing vessels have landed seafood products at the Seafood Industrial Park in 2015.
- Seafood Industrial Park comprises 39 acres, including navigable water.
- All of the land at the Seafood Industrial Park is completely leased.
- Vessel moorings are leased to capacity and have been doubled up in recent years to accommodate demand.
- Companies located at the Seafood Industrial Park include:
- 4 seafood processors and ancillary retail sales
- 1 crab processor
- 1 fuel depot
- 2 ice plants
- 1 boat building and repair business
- 2 machine shops serving vessel equipment repair and fabrication needs
- 1 marine towing company
- 1 marine construction company
- 1 barge company
- 1979 – City establishes the Seafood Industrial Park surrounding Newport News Creek, a federally-maintained navigable waterway, and seeks federal and state funds to make improvements.
- 1980 – City begins Phase I of the Seafood Industrial Park bulkhead with a $1.5 million federal grant and more than $4.2 million in state funding.
- 1982 – City begins Phase II of Seafood Industrial Park bulkhead with a $1 million federal grant and nearly $2.7 million in state funding. Project is coordinated with I-664 construction.
- 1992 – City begins extension of vessel mooring capacity of Seafood Industrial Park using the I-664 wavescreen to build a mooring pier jutting into Hampton Roads Harbor.
- 1996 – As part of the Seafood Industrial Park expansion project, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredged the Newport News Creek outer harbor channel to 18 feet. Sand from the dredging was used to nourish beaches at King / Lincoln and Anderson Parks, saving the city $300,000.
- 2008 – Seafood Industrial Park has record-breaking year in mooring fee collections.
- 2011 – Largest vessel to utilize the Seafood Industrial Park - the 200-foot former USNS Stalwart arrives for work at Davis Boat Works for sailing through the Panama Canal, bound for the West Coast.
- 2015 - The Seafood Industrial Park was awarded a competitive grant of $638,292 from the Virginia Port Authority to refurbish industrial moorings within the Park.
- 2018 - The Seafood Industrial Park was awarded a competitive grant of $322,016 from the Virginia Port Authority to refurbish and modify infrastructure with the Park.