Go big or go home!
On Sunday morning, the largest container ship ever to call on the Port of Boston entered Boston Harbor!
John Linehan on Instagram captured the giant vessel passing by Castle Island on its way to way inbound to Conley Terminal – you can watch it here!
The arrival of the Ever Fortune is considered the beginning a “new chapter” for Boston as it works to keep up with a growing number of U.S. ports accommodating bigger container ships.
Back in March of last year, it was announced that Conley Terminal in Southie was going to be getting “big ship ready!”
“The Port of Boston is the only full-service container terminal helping to fuel the New England economy. The congestion-free port services the world’s leading shipping lines including MSC, COSCO, Evergreen, CMA, CGM and OOCL on a weekly basis. In Fall 2021, the port will become Big Ship Ready as Massport completes $850 million in waterside and landside infrastructure improvements to Conley Terminal. Enhancements include deepening of the main ship channels to 47 feet, expanded 1,725 foot turn basin, three new 22-wide ship-to-shore cranes, and a new 50-foot berth. In just a few short months, The Port of Boston will be able to accommodate vessels up to 14,000 TEU.”
And don’t forget about the three giant cranes from Shanghai that now call the Conley Terminal their home!
Conley Terminal’s goal was to be Big Ship Ready and to support continued growth by handling larger ships transiting through the Panama and Suez Canals. But not ships as big as the Ever Given – you know – the ship that was stuck in the Suez Canal.
That’s big news for our local economy!
As far as the details of the Ever Fortune – the ship is the length of three football fields and measures about 160 feet (49 meters) across. It can carry 12,000 metal containers measuring 20 feet (6.1 meters) long apiece. According to Massport, she was built in 2020 and the vessel will connect Boston to several ports in East Asia via the Panama Canal.
Image via John Linehan on Instagram – give him a follow!
Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Co-host of Caught Up, storyteller, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.
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