The Port of Boston is the central hub that connects much of the Northeast to the global economy and is the only full-service container terminal in New England. Similar to many other American ports, the Port of Boston was falling behind in its ability to accommodate larger vessels. To adapt to increasing ship sizes the Massachusetts Port Authority has invested over eight hundred million dollars into infrastructure upgrades at Conley Terminal. The most ambitious improvements include deepening the harbor, and the addition of three new cranes, two of which are 205 feet tall.
Conley Terminal saw a decline in container traffic over the previous three years, but with the new cranes now in operation they expect to double their capacity from what it was pre-pandemic.