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 34,000 jobs, and contributes more than $2 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.
Massport’s Paul W. Conley Container Terminal in South Boston serves three of the world’s top 10 container lines. Conley handles nearly 1.5 million metric tons of cargo each year.
Cruiseport Boston’s Black Falcon Cruise Terminal contributes nearly a half billion dollars to the regional economy. Boston is a popular port-of-call destination, and several major cruise lines serve Massport’s Cruiseport Boston providing passengers with an attractive mix of cruises to Canada/New England, Bermuda, the Caribbean, and Europe.
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 of 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.