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Boston’s Port Bets Bigger Cranes, Dredging Will Lure Larger Ships

Three Cargo Cranes Head To South Boston Port
Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg

Major ports around the U.S. are struggling with queues of anchored ships  and yards of containers piled as high as local fire departments will allow. Now some of the smaller, regional trade gateways are relishing the opportunity to expand amid all that congestion.

Take the Port of Boston, where the cranes of the Conley Terminal near Southie’s industrial core stand just under the final approach to Logan Airport. The port committed to spending $850 million in recent years to become big-ship ready and better compete with larger rivals. The crown jewels of the expansion: three taller cranes expected to be commissioned in late September.