In 1956, the Fairport Harbor Port Authority was created by the Village Council and vested with responsibility for protecting any and all water within the Village of Fairport Harbor. Currently, the Fairport Harbor Port Authority operates the Village boat launch ramp at the end of Water Street. The ramp includes two inbound and two outbound ramps and a Jet Ski ramp.
The Fairport Harbor Port Authority's Board of Directors is appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Village Council. The Board of Directors applies for grans for dredging and for ramp and infrastructure improvements.
Fairport Harbor's Grand River Marine has two locations (one is also in nearby Grand River Village). With full-service marinas on both sides of the Grand River, this Fairport Harbor facility is staffed with professionals whose priority is providing the finest service on Lake Erie and the Great Lakes. With 180 deep-water slips, Grand River Marine offers hourly and overnight docks complemented by a fuel dock and pump-out, haul-out, customs check-in, and hull-cleaning services.
This Fairport Harbor marina also offers full engine, hull repair, and mast removal services. With 189 indoor racks, Grand River Marine offers winter storage. The marina is equipped with 25- and 35-ton open-end travel lifts and two forklift spreaders. Available facilities include restrooms and showers, pavilions, ample parking, and pavilions. There is also a ships store, and fishing charters are available.
Another full-service marina in Fairport Harbor is HTP Rack & Marina. Located on Lake Erie, the marina offers unlimited opportunities to enjoy water sports and quick access to Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park Beach and the secluded Boater's Beach. In addition to its docks, each with water and electricity, HTP offers a public fuel dock, a lift service, secure card gate access, restrooms, showers, picnic areas, work racks with water and power, and space for storing trailers. HTP also offers indoor and outdoor rack and winter storage and dry storage for Jet skis.
Fairport Harbor's Riverbend Marina offers docks from 6.1 to 12.2 meters (20 to 40 feet) with both water and electricity. The marina can dock boats up to 15.2 meters (50 feet), and there is a large dock area for each slip. This Fairport Harbor marina also offers winter storage, secure card gate access, restrooms and showers, and pump-out and lift-in/lift-out services. The Riverbend Marina in Fairport Harbor has complete marine maintenance and repair services as well.
Fairport Harbor is home to several privately-owned and operated port facilities. LTV Steel Company uses the Fairport Harbor Dock to receive limestone by self-unloading vessels. The dock has an open storage area that can accommodate 400 thousand tons of limestone and is served by a 106.7-meter (350-foot) concrete tunnel with intake hoppers and electric conveyor belts that connect the dock to the plant at the rear. LTV ha six lime storage silos at this Fairport Harbor dock with total capacity for 1700 tons. One surface rail track serves the plant and connects with CSX Transportation, Inc. LTV's area of the Fairport Harbor Dock has berthing distance of 518 meters (1700 feet) with alongside depth of 7.3 meters (24 feet).
Also located at the Fairport Harbor Dock, Morton Salt Company ships bulk salt out of Fairport Harbor. The Morton Salt area contains an open storage area with capacity for 250 thousand tons of salt and twelve storage silos with total capacity for 12 thousand tons. Three surface rail tracks serve the plant located at the rear of the dock and connect with CSX. The Morton Salt portion of the Fairport Harbor Dock has berthing distance of 183 meters (600 feet) with alongside depth of 7.3 meters (24 feet).
Northeastern Road Improvement Company receives limestone by self-unloading vessel at the Fairport Harbor Dock. The company has a 150-thousand ton open storage area at the rear of the dock and berthing distance of 305 meters (1000 feet) with alongside depths of 4.6 and 6.1 meters (15 and 20 feet).
Fairport Harbor Dock also serves the Osborne Concrete & Stone Company who receives sand and limestone by self-unloading vessel. The company has asphalt and ready-mix concrete plants at the rear of the dock and an open storage area with capacity for 100 thousand tons of material. A surface track at the rear plant connects with CSX. Osborne has berthing distance of 442 meters (1450 feet) with alongside depth of 4.6 meters (15 feet) at the Fairport Harbor Dock. Osborne Concrete & Stone Company also has space at the Fairport Harbor Mooring Wharf to moor company-owned floating equipment and to receive limestone by self-unloading vessel. Osborne's berthing space at the Fairport Harbor Wharf is 457 meters (1500 feet) with alongside depth of 5.2 meters (17 feet).
Using the Fairport Harbor Dock to receive limestone and sand by self-unloading vessel, Union Sand & Supply Corporation has a ready-mix concrete plant and 100-thousand ton open storage area at the rear of the dock. The company's berthing space at the Fairport Harbor Dock is 341 meters (1119 feet) with alongside depths of 4.6 and 7 meters (15 and 23 feet).
Also receiving limestone by self-unloading vessel, R.W. Sidley and Grand River Asphalt Company (an Osborne company) operate their own dock in Fairport Harbor. R.W. Sidley has a 100-thousand ton open storage area, and Grand River Asphalt has a 40-thousand ton open storage area at the rear of the dock. This Fairport Harbor dock has berthing distance of 469 meters (1540 feet) with alongside depths of 5.5 and 6.7 meters (18 and 22 feet).
Rutherford's Landing Piers in Fairport Harbor are used to moor small vessels. The piers are equipped with a 14-ton vertical boat lift, and finger piers extend from each side of these piers. Alongside depth at the Fairport Harbor's Rutherford's Landing is 1.2 meters (four feet).
The United States Coast Guard Station at the Fairport Harbor Boat Slip is used to moor Coast Guard vessels and other federal- and state-owned vessels. The Fairport Harbor Boat Slip has berthing distances of 0.9, 15.2, and 22.9 meters (3, 50, and 75 feet) with alongside depths ranging from 0.9 to 3.7 meters (three to 12 feet).