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Boston: Conley Terminal Celebrates 30 Years with Mediterranean Shipping Company Largest Customer 

Boston’s Conley Container Terminal

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the Port of Boston’s largest customer, recently celebrated 30 years of partnership with the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) at Conley Container Terminal.

"MSC has been an integral part of the continued growth and success of the Port of Boston over the past three decades," said Lisa Wieland, Massport’s port director. "Our relationship with the company is a true partnership that has brought both parties significant innovation, growth and opportunity and we look forward to continuing to work with them for decades to come."

During those three decades, MSC moved more than 1.5 million TEUs in and out of Conley Terminal via its North Europe and Mediterranean services. This activity contributed significantly to Conley’s back-to-back volume records in the past two years, accounting for 45 percent of the 247,329 TEUs shipped through the terminal during FY 2016.

"MSC is pleased to have successfully developed its business within the New England market over recent years and is proud to be able to offer reliable port calls in Boston. We very much look forward to continuing our close working relationship with the port," commented MSC (USA) President Fabio Santucci.  

MSC has invested significantly by routing a large portion of its New England trade through the Port of Boston.  Massport, in turn, has made substantial investments of its own to ensure Conley Terminal is modernized and ready to compete for the next 30 years.

Massport secured $107.5 million dollars in state funding to build a new berth and procure three larger cranes and a $42 million dollar Federal FASTLANE Grant to maintain and modernize the existing terminal. It also formed a funding partnership with the federal and state governments to dredge Boston Harbor, a $350 million project that begins first phase construction later this fall.  

TraPac to Nearly Double Size of Its Terminal at Port of Oakland

TraPac, LLC has reached agreement to nearly double the size of the its marine terminal at the Port of Oakland by adding 57 acres and two more berths to the facility it leases in the port’s Outer Harbor area.   

TraPac disclosed its plans at a meeting of Oakland’s Board of Port Commissioners on October 14. The proposed 14-year lease agreement becomes final if the board approves it at a meeting Oct. 27.

"This is a significant step forward for TraPac and the port," said Port Maritime Director John Driscoll. "TraPac gets room to expand its thriving business and the Port gets to revitalize valuable property with a highly respected tenant."

TraPac handles 20 percent of the containerized cargo moving through Oakland, making it the port’s second largest terminal operation. The new agreement would boost its lease holding from two berths to four and acreage from 66 to 123.

"Our business is growing and placing new demands on our operations," said TraPac Oakland General Manager Mike Porte. "With this new agreement we can meet the demands and the service expectations of our customers."

TraPac, which is a subsidiary of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd., began Oakland operations in 1991. It also operates terminals in Los Angeles and Jacksonville.  

At Oakland, TraPac plans to upgrade and modernize the new terminal acreage and to construct a new gate to give truckers better access to the terminal.

"With this expansion, we’re demonstrating our long-term commitment to Oakland," said Mr. Porte. "TraPac and the port share a common value – good customer service – so we see this partnership growing even stronger over time." 




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