The $45 million expenditure will “keep the positive momentum going at Conley Terminal.”
“Purchasing these new cranes will help us keep the positive momentum going at Conley Terminal,” said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. “We’ve seen four straight years of record-breaking container numbers. Revitalizing the working Port of Boston means strategically purchasing equipment and modernizing the terminal to support that growth.”
The new low-profile cranes will be able to serve large containerships as wide as 22 containers and come at an important time, Massport said, pointing out that Conley Container Terminal has set volume records in four consecutive years, processing 283,720 TEUs in FY 2018.
Massport is investing in waterside and landside infrastructure. The Boston Harbor dredging project is a $350 million partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Massport. The project includes maintenance dredging of the inner harbor, which was completed last year, and the deepening of the main ship channels, which began in July, to accommodate large container vessels.
An additional $500 million of planned landside infrastructure investments are underway, supported by a $42 million U.S. DOT FASTLANE grant and $107.5 million from the commonwealth. 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. Additionally, Massport and Columbia Intermodal have worked together to introduce 300 new chassis to the Fargo Street chassis pool this month.