Massport Thanks Governor for Port of Boston Revitalization
At an event at Conley Terminal on Monday, the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) thanked Governor Charlie Baker and the Massachusetts Congressional delegation for their significant support of the revitalization of the working port.
Massport officials particularly highlighted the $107.5 million commitment to support the construction of a new berth and the procurement of three new cranes to handle larger ships at Conley Terminal and the $42 million FASTLANE grant.
Each year, more than one million tons of cargo passes through Massport’s terminals in the Port of Boston, which provide the shipping facilities New England to connect to the global economy.
“The Port of Boston is the main artery of Massachusetts’ consumer economy, with imports and exports serving as vital catalysts for growth, investment and opportunity,” said Governor Baker. “The work done every day by the hardworking men and women of the Conley Terminal ensures the Commonwealth continues to be a global economic power.”
Shipping companies have their choice of working ports along the east coast, and it is essential for Boston and New England that the Conley Terminal remains competitive.
Massport and partner agencies are engaged in three major initiatives to improve Coney and the shipping lanes:
- Build a new berth and procure three new cranes: Governor Baker recently signed the Economic Development Bill that contains $107.5 million to support the construction of a new berth and the procurement of three new cranes to handle larger ships. Massport is funding the remaining project costs;
- Maintain and modernize the terminal: the $42 million federal FASTLANE grant from the Department of Transportation will help pay for upgrades to existing facilities. Massport is funding the remaining project costs;
- Deepen Boston Harbor to accommodate larger vessels being deployed by ocean carriers: Dredging ensures the ships can get to the port; the berth and cranes ensure that the port can service them effectively and efficiently. The first phase of the dredging project is set to begin this fall.