MASSPORT Modernization

by Bradley P. Erickson, (M.ASCE), Project Mgr.; CH2M Hill, Bellevue, WA,
Thomas J. McCollough, (M.ASCE), Asst. Project Mgr.; CH2M Hill, Bellevue, WA,
Alexander Surko, Jr., (M.ASCE), Proj. Mgr.; MASSPORT, Boston, MA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1993, Vol. 63, Issue 4, Pg. 50-53

Document Type: Feature article


Construction began last fall on the Massachusetts Port Authority (MASSPORT) upgrade of the 50-year-old Paul W. Conley Terminal in Boston. When completed in 1994, this timber-pile-supported wharf will welcome a variety of vessels, from fourth generation container ships to the smaller coastal ships, barges and tugs. Two terminal berths will be joined to provide a modern facility with 1,950 ft of continuous berth face. The project also involves the upgrade of two existing 96 ft gauge container cranes; and the improvement of pavements, grading and drainage, lighting, and electrical service for the backland (cargo-staging) area. About 13 acres of container yard will be improved with new high mast lighting and expanded refrigerated container capability. Officials at MASSPORT consolidated the responsibility for all design work, except yard improvements (to be done by PBQD, Boston), into one consulting contract and hired CH2M Hill Boston to oversee the project. The terminal's berths 11 and 12 will be combined. Once reconstructed, berth 12 will accommodate ships drawing up to 40 ft of water with an allowance of 2 ft for underkeel clearance and have a 115 ft wide apron connected to a continuous steel sheet pile bulkhead.

Subject Headings: Berths | Ships | Container shipping | Ports and harbors | Project management | Steel piles | Occupational safety | Wood | Massachusetts | United States | Boston

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