Massport invests $850 million into Port of Boston


The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) has celebrated the completion of infrastructure investments at the Conley Container Terminal at the Port of Boston.

The completed works are part of a major $850 million plan to upgrade the port.

Completed infrastructure upgrades include:

  • Butler Freight Corridor, a dedicated truck route to keep container trucks off residential roadways and allow trucks to access the highway system in minutes;
  • New 50-foot-deep berth, to accommodate the new cranes and larger ships;
  • Three fully electric ship-to-shore cranes, to serve ships carrying up to 14,000 TEU;
  • Boston Harbor Dredging, a multi-year, multi-phase partnership between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Massport and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deepen the main ship channel and Reserved Channel to -47 feet and the outer harbour to -51 feet, and expand the Turning Basin for larger vessels;
  • Other terminal improvements: including new rubber-tyred gantry cranes, expanded container storage and new refrigerated container racks.

Ongoing infrastructure projects include:

  • Improvements to Berths 11 and 12, ensures state of good repair for existing berths;
  • Refrigerated container storage improvements, providing additional capacity for refrigerated cargo;
  • Terminal technologies and equipment upgrades, including LED yard lighting, improved WiFi, and power retrofits to rubber-tyred gantry cranes increase the overall operational efficiency of the terminal and reduces emissions;
  • New gate processing facilities will optimise traffic flow and increase safety in the terminal.
  • New container yard behind Berth 10 will increase Conley’s container storage capacity by nearly 30 per cent;
  • New Cypher to E Street Freight Corridor, will improve connections to the interstate highway system for freight dependent uses and industrial businesses in the Port of Boston, including Conley Terminal;
  • Terminal technologies, will ensure a congestion-free terminal by minimizing wait times and enable the introduction of a truck appointment system.

Prior to the Port’s modernisation, Conley offered two services reaching seven major global ports.

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With the completion of these infrastructure investments, Conley Terminal now offers direct connectivity to China, North Europe, Southeast Asia including Vietnam and India, the Mediterranean, Middle East and Latin America through five services, with a sixth service scheduled to start in October.

Conley now has direct connectivity to 25 global ports.

“With a deepened Boston Harbor and modern container facilities, the Port of Boston is providing greater global connections for Massachusetts businesses and supporting thousands of jobs,” said Massport CEO Lisa Wieland.

“None of these infrastructure improvements would have been possible without the leadership and support of our Federal, State, and local elected officials and the business community.” 

The Port of Boston generates $8.2 billion in annual economic impact, and supports more than 66,000 jobs.

As the only full-service container terminal in New England, Conley Terminal enables more than 2,500 businesses throughout the Commonwealth and New England to ship and receive products globally, including furniture and home goods, footwear, clothing, office supplies, wine and spirits, recycled fibers, sporting goods, seafood and more.

In January Conley Container Terminal at the Port of Boston welcomed Evergreen’s Ever Fortune, the largest container ship to call at the port.

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