A Message from the Director of Capital Programs

Resiliency LogoAs Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs, I am pleased to launch Massport’s Resiliency Program. Port authorities, worldwide, are increasingly vulnerable to man-made threats as well as climate change and other natural phenomena that cause damaging disruption to human and national security at the local, regional, and global scales. 

At Massport we are working on several fronts to address the challenge of making our facilities more resilient to future man-made and natural catastrophes. Using the combined strategies of decisive convening, robust research, capital improvements and planning, education, and operational preparedness, we are poised to reach our goals of improving resiliency for overall infrastructure and operations and restoring operations during and after disruptive events in a safe and economically viable time frame. 

Massport has conducted a high-level, long-term strategic look at our resilience capability - beginning with identification of risks, assessment of vulnerabilities, and identification of relevant climate impacts as well as other threats. We are developing a plan and are in the final stages of creating a resilience framework that provides consistent metrics to enhance both near and long-term resilience of our critical buildings and infrastructure. We’ve identified increased storm and sea-level rise as threats with the highest probability of occurring with great impact to our operations, so we’ve initially focused our work on hurricanes and storm surge. We understand, however, that physical resiliency is only one piece of the equation - social and economic resiliency are also part of our long-term operational and capital planning. The Resiliency Program will be linking short-term decisions to long-term issues and we will adopt a flexible adaptive approach, allowing for change as new information and technology becomes available. As we inter-link our various investment agendas we will be posting on the website. 

I hope this website is of interest and use to your work. 


Sam Sleiman 
Director CP&EA 

Port of Boston Cruise ship
The Port of Boston is the oldest continually active port in the Western Hemisphere.

Massport’s preparations for future storms to existing infrastructure will include:

Employing both temporary and permanent flood protection barriers to reduce the quantity of water infiltration;   

Moving electrical and mechanical equipment to higher levels within existing buildings or higher ground where practical;  

Acquiring spare pumps and generators to control flooding and restore services more quickly;

Using water resistant materials to help prevent leaks; 

Sealing conduits and installing backflow preventers; 

Building green infrastructure, where appropriate, to slow surge. 

Massport's Infrastructure includes:

Boston Logan International Airport


Hanscom Airfield


Worcester Airport


Port of Boston


Paul W. Conley Container Terminal


Maritime Properties