BOSTON (AP) – The largest container ship to ever call at the port of Boston arrived Sunday after an $850 million project to make way for larger vessels.
Port officials hailed the arrival of Ever Fortune as the beginning of a “new chapter” for Boston as it works to keep pace with the growing number of ports in the United States that can accommodate larger container ships. .
The super-large Ever Fortune is the length of three football fields and is about 160 feet (49 meters) wide. It can carry 12,000 metal containers 20 feet (6.1 meters) long each.
Built in 2020, the ship will connect Boston to several ports in East Asia via the Panama Canal, according to the Massachusetts Port Authority, which owns and operates public terminals in the Port of Boston.
Mike Meyran, director of port authorities, said the expanded infrastructure “opens up new opportunities for our customers to ship more products and create global connections that were not possible before.” Okay”.
The administration has spearheaded an $850 million project to clear the way for larger ships. Supported by state and federal funding, the shipping channel was deepened by approximately 7 feet (2 meters), and larger cranes were installed at Conley Container Terminal.
Ports along the East Coast have been racing to accommodate larger cargo ships after the Panama Canal was expanded last decade to allow large ships to pass through.
Last year, the largest container ship ever called on the East Coast make a series of stops at ports in New Jersey, Virginia, Georgia and South Carolina. It called in Savannah, Georgia, as the port is in the final stages of a $973 million harbor expansion. Other ports have recently completed expansions, including an $800 million project in Virginia.
Container throughput at US ports is down in 2020 as production slows amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but cargo demand remains relatively high and last year container volumes rebounded.
The Boston expansion will increase the port’s cargo capacity and “keep Boston competitive and poised for growth,” Meyran said.
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