Harbor Master

The Harbor Division is comprised of the harbormaster and 4 assistant harbormasters. All candidates must meet the qualifications of the job classification and attend the Harbormaster Training Academy prior to consideration for appointment. The harbormaster reports to the Chief of Police. 

The Harbormasters patrol the 14.4 miles of our shoreline and maintains the mooring areas which contain approximately 300 vessels. In addition, the division operates a Pumpout boat. 

The assistants provide patrol and the pumpout boat operates from Memorial Day weekend thru Columbus Day weekend. The harbormaster patrols throughout the year. The application process for permits to moor is December 15 thru February 28. 

The division works with the Harbor Commission on matters involving the Harbor Management Plan. They also work with the City Council to assist in developing the waterfront. 

The patrol duties include working with the US Coast Guard (USCG) during calls for vessels-in-distress and with the USCG and East Providence Police Department during Homeland Security Details. 

Listing files in 'Harbor Master Documents'


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Contact Information

S. Bruce Dufresne, Harbormaster

Phone: (401) 639-8437
Fax: (401) 270-1437