About Port of Boston
New England’s connection to the world for nearly 400 years
The Port of Boston is the oldest continually active port in the Western Hemisphere, and New England’s maritime hub. The Port of Boston’s activity supports more than 50,000 jobs, and contributes more than $4.6 billion to the local, regional, and national economies through direct, indirect, and induced impact.
Massport facilities are the port’s lifeblood for containerized cargo, vacation cruises and Boston’s commercial fishing fleet.
The Port of Boston also hosts privately owned petroleum and liquefied natural gas terminals, which supply more than 90% of Massachusetts' heating and fossil fuel needs. Two ship repair yards, public and private ferry operations, marinas, and Coast Guard’s Sector Boston also call the port home.
Port of Boston Cargo Fact Sheet
Massport’s Paul W. Conley Container Terminal in South Boston currently serves seven (7) of the world’s top container lines (MSC, COSCO Shipping, “K” Line, Yang Ming, Evergreen, Maersk Line and CMA CGM). In April, 2017, five additional container lines will begin moving cargo through Conley. Conley Terminal handles approximately 1.5 million metric tons of cargo each year.
Flynn Cruiseport Boston
Flynn Cruiseport Boston contributes nearly a half billion dollars to the regional economy. Several major cruise lines – including Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Royal Caribbean International – serve Massport’s Flynn Cruiseport Boston providing passengers with an attractive mix of cruises to Canada/New England, Bermuda, the Caribbean, and Europe. Boston is also a popular port-of-call destination for more than 20 different cruise lines, including Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises and Oceania, among others.
Automobile imports and exports are an important niche market for the Port of Boston. In 1998, the Boston Autoport opened on an 80 acre site in Charlestown. The Boston Autoport can accommodate the processing of some 70,000 cars per year for import or export.
Other Maritime Properties
The Massachusetts Port Authority owns, operates and leases approximately 500 acres of property in Charlestown, East Boston and South Boston, located within what is called a Designated Port Area (DPA), restricted to maritime industrial activities supporting the working Port of Boston.