BOSTON – Senator Nick Collins was recognized as the Massachusetts Port Authority’s (Massport) 2023 Maritime Champion of the Year at the Authority’s annual cruise season kickoff event at Flynn Cruiseport Boston in South Boston, which took place on Friday, April 28.

Senator Collins was acknowledged for over a decade of support for the Port of Boston, including crucial improvements to the Conley Container Terminal and Flynn Cruiseport. The Senator was instrumental in securing matching funds from the Commonwealth to complete the Boston Harbor Dredging Project, which allows the harbor to handle larger ships and attract new direct services to enhance connections for New England businesses.

“I am honored to receive this award from Massport for my efforts in support of the maritime community,” said Senator Collins. “The Port of Boston has served as the Commonwealth’s connection to the rest of the world for centuries, and I have had the privilege of helping ensure that it continues to operate as a modern, efficient port that generates thousands of good jobs—especially blue collar—in addition to billions of dollars for the state’s economy. I would like to thank Massport, the local building trades unions, the International Longshoremen’s Association, and my elected colleagues, including Congressman Lynch whose company I am honored to join as a Maritime Champion.”

Flynn Cruiseport, owned and operated by Massport, supports more than 2,200 jobs while generating $135 million annually in business revenue and contributes $41 million in federal, state, and local taxes. The Port of Boston represents a key component of the Commonwealth’s economy, generating $8.2 billion annually in economic activity related to shipping and commerce.

“We are thrilled to recognize Senator Collins as this year’s Maritime Champion,” said Massport CEO Lisa Wieland. “The Senator has always been a strong advocate for the maritime businesses and partners of the Port of Boston and throughout his community, and we are grateful for his partnership. We thank him for his dedication and unwavering support.”

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