The New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal will welcome its first cargo ship on Monday.

The vessel Thorco Svenborg  is delivering wind turbine components for a land-based project in Plymouth.

The Baker Administration has been critical of the $113-million, state-funded terminal project because offshore wind development has yet to pan out in Mass.  Cape Wind had designated New Bedford as the staging area for its offshore wind project, but now the development has been crippled by financial troubles.

But Mayor Jon Mitchell tells WBSM News, the terminal was never just about offshore wind.   "It's target really is to facilitate commerce in the Port of New Bedford, whether its related to offshore wind or other cargo, and the reality is New Bedford's port is growing," said Mitchell.

The Mayor said the terminal will serve New Bedford for 100 years.  He says Cape Wind would only have used the terminal for two years.

The official opening of the terminal will be celebrated Monday at noon time at the Gifford Street boat ramp.

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