Port Boston: $20m Build Grant And New Equipment

USDOT Awards $20 Million to Support Ongoing MASSPORT Conley Terminal Expansion. Conley also Receives New RTGs to Keep Up with Container Growth. Altogether, Conley Growth Costing $215 Million. Track 61 Still Dead.

12 November, Boston MA – 

APPLICANT/SPONSOR: Massachusetts Port Authority
BUILD GRANT AWARD: $20,000,000
PROJECT LOCATION:Boston, Massachusetts

The project will construct a new container yard capable of holding approximately 100,000 additional containers, deploy an innovative gate and logistics system, and build an adjacent Cypher and E streets freight corridor.


The project will improve safety by optimizing travel between container stacks, minimizing out-of-direction travel, and limiting the conflict points between workers and vehicles within the facility. The project will increase the efficiency of the terminal, allowing it to maintain the lower costs of doing business and remain competitive. The project improves quality of life by shifting freight trucks over one block to E Street which will allow the industrial, residential and commercial uses to better co-exist while minimizing the impact to all parties involved and providing safe and efficient travel for all modes. {USDOT}

Boston MA

The 2019 BUILD grant will be applied specifically to the critical gate and control section of the expanded Conley stack yard, which is a major part of the Port of Boston expansion. Off-dock channel-deepening, berth capacity, and container-handling volume are all in-progress elements of the port’s substantial upgrade, to be completed by 2022. {MassPORT}.

04 November, Boston MA – Conley Terminal received its 15th and 16th RTGs (rubber-tired gantries), following two others installed in May. The additional cranes are part of Port of Boston’s $215 million Conley Terminal expansion project, which will provide the robust capacity to serve 12 – 14,000 TEU Ultramax container vessels by 2022.

The additional RTGs will ensure that the Ultramax ships that are expected to visit Port of Boston more regularly in the near future will not overwhelm the efficient Conley docks. The terminal’s enviable 35-minute truck turnaround is a significant competitive advantage over larger ports, so the expansion is being “built backwards” in order to maintain it.

More containers coming soon

The ample container handling capacity is projected to meet the surge traffic that is a characteristic of the megaship era. Port of Boston planners have no guarantees that Boston will attract regular Ultra visits, but the Conley Terminal will be ready if they do. By next year, an expanded concrete wharf will line the a new 50-foot deep berth to moor an Ultra. By 2021, the Federal-led Boston Harbor Dredging Project will be completed, providing all-tide access to the deep berth. Three new ship-to-shore cranes, each with a 22-container reach and 205-foot heighth will expedite unload/loading, and the 16 RTGs will be scurrying to keep truck chassis moving.

Easier take-away

In 2017, Massport took the trucks off the neighborhood streets by building the Thomas J. Butler Freight Corridor, a $75 million dedicated roadway for container trucks entering and leaving Conley Terminal.

In FY2019, Conley Terminal set a new record in cargo volumes for the fifth consecutive year, handling 307,331 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), an 8% increase over FY2018. Conley Terminal is the only full-service container terminal in New England with 3 weekly services calling the Port, serviced by 9 of the world’s largest shipping lines-Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), COSCO Shipping, OOCL, Evergreen, CMA CGM, APL, Yang Ming, Hapag-Lloyd, and Ocean Network Express (ONE). Each year, more than 2 million metric tons of cargo passes through the terminal. Containerized cargo that uses Conley’s regional gateway includes recycled fibers, seafood, wine and spirits, logs and lumber, furniture and home décor, apparel, among several other commodities supporting development and economic growth in this region. {MassPORT.}