Massport Announces Completion of Major Boston Harbor Improvements


The Port Authority of Massachusetts (Massport) announced the completion of critical infrastructure investments as part of a nearly $850 million plan to modernize Boston Harbor.

The multiannual investmentmade possible through support from state, federal and local partners, is already paying off, with larger ships, new services and connections to more global ports.

“With a thorough Boston Harbor and modern container facilities, the Port of Boston provides greater global connections for Massachusetts businesses and supports thousands of jobs,” said Massport CEO. Lisa Willand.

“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.”

Infrastructure projects completed

  • Butler Freight Corridor, a truck-only route to direct container trucks away from residential roads and allow trucks to access the highway network within minutes;
  • New berth 50 feet deep, to accommodate new cranes and larger vessels;
  • Three ship-to-shore cranes, to service ships carrying up to 14,000 TEUs;
    • The new cranes are fully electric and produce no diesel emissions;
  • Boston Harbor Dredging, a multi-year, phased partnership between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Massport, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deepen the Main Channel and Dedicated Channel to -47 feet and the Outer Harbor to -51 feet, and expand the basin swings for large ships; and
  • Other terminal improvements: including new rubber-tired gantry cranes, expanded container storage and new refrigerated container racks.

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