The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) in the US has secured $35m funding for the ongoing $350m Boston Harbor Dredging Project.
The project, which is approximately 30% complete, is a partnership between the US Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Massport.
Massport said maintenance dredging of the inner harbour was completed in December 2017 after deepening of the main ship channels started in July last year for accommodating the large container vessels.
The funding was secured through Senators Edward Markey, Elizabeth Warren, Congressman Stephen Lynch and Ayanna Pressley.
Markey said: “States up and down the East Coast are investing in their ports to accommodate bigger ships. Investing in the Port of Boston ensures our local industries, manufacturers, and workers are competitive in an increasingly globalised economy.
“This strong federal investment in this dredging project will help further upgrade the harbour in order to accommodate more and larger ships, to bring in more jobs, more investment, and more economic prosperity.”
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The dredging project supports continued growth at Conley Container Terminal.
Together, the port and terminal generate $4.6bn in economic activity and support 7,000 direct jobs.
In March 2016, Massport board voted to approve to execute a project partnering agreement with the ACOE and MassDOT to start the Boston Harbor Dredging Project.
A joint venture comprising Cashman Dredging and Dutra Group secured a $122.2m dredging contract for Boston Harbor last month.
FedBizOpps reported that, as part of the project, about 11,700,000 cubic yards of silt, blue clay, till and weathered rock will be dredged from the harbour area.