PortandTerminal.com, March 21, 2019
Boston, MA – The Massachusetts Port Authority confirmed last week that $35 million has been secured to help fund the ongoing Boston Harbor Dredging Project.
The project is approximately 30 percent complete, and this funding will enable the project to continue on schedule.
The project is a $350 million partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Massport. The maintenance dredging of the inner harbor was completed in December of 2017. The deepening of the main ship channels began in July 2018 to accommodate the large container vessels calling today and in the future.
“States up and down the East Coast are investing in their ports to accommodate bigger ships. Investing in the Port of Boston ensures our local industries, manufacturers, and workers are competitive in an increasingly globalized economy,” said Senator Edward J. Markey. “This strong federal investment in this dredging project will help further upgrade the harbor in order to accommodate more and larger ships, to bring in more jobs, more investment, and more economic prosperity.”
The multi-phase dredging project supports continued growth at Conley Container Terminal, which has achieved four consecutive record-breaking years for volume. The Port and Terminal generate $4.6 billion in economic activity, support 7,000 direct jobs and service exports and imports for 1,600 businesses across Massachusetts and New England.
Massport has made improving Conley a top priority and has ordered three new ship-to-shore cranes, 160 feet high with an outreach of 22 containers wide that will be delivered in late 2020. In addition to the new ship-to-shore cranes, Conley Terminal improvements include the construction of two 50-foot berths, expanded reefer storage, and new in-and-out gate facilities. These critical infrastructure projects will enable Conley Terminal to more efficiently and effectively service the large vessels calling the Port of Boston today, and the bigger ships that will call in the future.
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