Conley Terminal cranes arriving

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Conley’s New Ship to Shore Cranes Arriving Tuesday


BOSTON – On Tuesday morning, three new low-profile, Neo-Panamax cranes are expected to arrive at Conley Container Terminal. The cranes left from China in mid-April.

Two of the cranes are 205 feet tall with a lifting height of 160 feet and can reach 22 container rows wide, and are the tallest low profile cranes in the world. The other crane is 145 feet tall, due to its proximity to the Logan Airport flight path, with a lifting height of 100 feet. These new cranes will efficiently service larger container ships holding 12,000-14,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units, known as containers). Larger cranes are needed due to the shipping industry’s shift toward larger vessels that hold more containers.

These cranes, along with a new berth and a deepened Boston Harbor, enable Boston to handle larger ships, providing New England importers and exporters greater access and connectivity to the global marketplace, facilitating future growth at Conley Terminal.

WHAT: Arrival of three new cranes, making Boston Big Ship Ready.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

At approximately 8:00 a.m. the ship will be nearing Boston Harbor. By 9:00 a.m. the ship is expected to approach Deer Island. The ship will then head toward the Reserved Channel, finally stopping at Conley Terminal. It will take the ship an estimated 30-45 minutes to get from Deer Island to Conley Terminal.

Unloading the cranes from the ship will happen over time, and take up to one week.

WHERE: The ship will be visible from many vantage points along its route, including Castle Island, Deer Island, 88 Black Falcon and the Summer Street bridge in South Boston.
 

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Is the Worcester dray scheme enough takeaway to make it worth a neopanamax ship to shoehorn itself into Boston Harbor?
 

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Is the Worcester dray scheme enough takeaway to make it worth a neopanamax ship to shoehorn itself into Boston Harbor?
I'm guessing if they've got the cranes, the prospects for ship-to-truck local volumes already exist within their niche for bringing NPM ships in there. It doesn't necessarily signify any big shift in strategy for making South Boston some whole other-level major regional port. They saw enough biz increases where they were going with the Terminal expansion, saw enough biz increases where they were going with the Harbor dredging, and now see enough follow-thru to equip it with NPM cranes while they're general-purpose modernizing the joint. All steps pretty consistent with each other, nothing strategically self-contradictory.
 

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I'm sure that's much less unstable than it looks. How are they getting the cranes off the ship?
 

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This is a link to a YouTube video unloading a 2000 ton crane from the same ship in the Netherlands? in 2008. It looks as if the manufacturer sends a crew to help offload these cranes.
 

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I'm guessing if they've got the cranes, the prospects for ship-to-truck local volumes already exist within their niche for bringing NPM ships in there. It doesn't necessarily signify any big shift in strategy for making South Boston some whole other-level major regional port. They saw enough biz increases where they were going with the Terminal expansion, saw enough biz increases where they were going with the Harbor dredging, and now see enough follow-thru to equip it with NPM cranes while they're general-purpose modernizing the joint. All steps pretty consistent with each other, nothing strategically self-contradictory.
Agreed.
 

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I'm guessing if they've got the cranes, the prospects for ship-to-truck local volumes already exist within their niche for bringing NPM ships in there. It doesn't necessarily signify any big shift in strategy for making South Boston some whole other-level major regional port. They saw enough biz increases where they were going with the Terminal expansion, saw enough biz increases where they were going with the Harbor dredging, and now see enough follow-thru to equip it with NPM cranes while they're general-purpose modernizing the joint. All steps pretty consistent with each other, nothing strategically self-contradictory.
I also assume that a Boston call will be a tight fit for an NPX, with several "layers" having already been skimmed off at earlier port calls, down enough where the low-profile Conley cranes can function.
 

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Interesting tidbit, the new cranes are apparently as tall as we are ever going to see at Conley, because of airspace restrictions due to Logan. Their operating envelope will take them right up to the airspace max.
 

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Will the new cranes replace existing ones or are they expanding the terminal?
 

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Interesting tidbit, the new cranes are apparently as tall as we are ever going to see at Conley, because of airspace restrictions due to Logan. Their operating envelope will take them right up to the airspace max.
The low one will be placed towards the east closer to Logan. The two taller ones will be placed to the west end of the pier. The airspace clearance increases within the Reserve Channel.

Massport considered all options and this was a sensible compromise. They could have ordered all of the taller version but then they would have had to extend the pier and dredging further west and relocated the lobsterman's collaborative. These requirements would have been substantially more expensive then this solution. Any future expansion to the west would allow all of the taller cranes.

Maybe by the time that is done, rail will be brought into the property and Boston will become a true gateway port.
 

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