Boston spends US$850 million on cranes to dock 14,000-TEU vessels
THREE new low profile neopanamax quay cranes have begun their journey to Boston from Shanghai as the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) moves to accommodate bigger ships, reports Fort Lauderdale??s Maritime Executive
19 April 2021 - 19:00
Massport has invested more than US$850 million into efforts around the port, which includes these cranes along with a new berth and a deepened Boston Harbour.
The container operation at Boston's Conley Terminal is the only full-service facility in New England. It was designed for 5,000-TEUers, but can handle ships up to 10,000 TEU. The current investments are being undertaken to give the port the ability to consistently handle 12,000 to 14,000 TEU vessels.
'The port being big ship ready comes at a critical time as the region's economy recovers from the impacts of the pandemic,' said Massport CEO Lisa Wieland. 'Massport's investment in the future of Conley Terminal shows our commitment to support New England importers and exporters that rely on the port, as well as thousands of workers.'
Two of the new cranes are the tallest low-profile cranes in the world. They are 205 feet high with a lifting height of 160 feet and can reach 22 container rows wide. The third new crane is 145 feet tall with a lifting height of 100 feet.
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