Port of Boston readies to welcome mega containerships from Asia
THE now completed mega ship berth with 50 feet alongside, and three new post panamax cranes in the way, the Port of Boston will soon be ready to dock 14,000-TEU ships, reports the American Journal of Transportation
10 May 2021 - 19:00
With our extensive new infrastructure in place, the Port of Boston looks forward to being big-ship ready and bringing in even more services to the benefit of all we serve,' said Massachusetts Port Authority maritime director Mike Meyra.
As more than US$850 million in investments come online, with boosts from federal and state funding, New England's only full-service container terminal is getting big-ship ready.
Many enhancements are already completed at the port's Conley Container Terminal, where three new Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co (ZPMC) gantries, are expected to be in operation in September.
With lifting heights as high as 160 feet and able to reach across widths up to 22 containers, the new cranes are designed to capably work 14,000-TEU ships. They are to join six smaller ship-to-shore cranes already in place at Conley Terminal, New England's only full-service facility for maritime commerce.
Last year's completion of the 1,250-foot deepwater Berth 10 is the latest of several Conley Terminal improvements. Earlier, the terminal added four new rubber-tyred gantries, or RTGs, for proficiently moving containers within the facility, and it has implemented an expanded system of racks for reefer boxes.
Yard space has been expanded to 130 acres from 100 acres, while a $75 million dedicated truck roadway was established in 2017, furnishing a direct link with the Interstate highway system while taking trucks off neighborhood streets.
After six consecutive years of all-time-high cargo levels, the Port of Boston experienced a single-digit dip in containers handled in the past Covid-impacted fiscal year.
Weekly services currently calling at Conley Terminal include Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) direct link from North Europe, which offers connections with Latin America, the Mediterranean region and Southeast Asia, and sailings from North Asia by the Ocean Alliance, encompassing partners CMA CGM, Cosco Shipping, Evergreen Line and OOCL.
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