The New England District and Massport have been examining the feasibility of deepening the major entrance channel and the Main Ship Channel through the harbor up to the Reserved Channel to a depth of between 45 and 50 feet. A Draft Feasibility Report and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement were released for public review on April 18, 2008. A public meeting to present the project and take questions was held at Massport’s Black Falcon Cruise Ship Terminal in South Boston. The report recommends deepening the Broad Sound North Entrance Channel to the harbor to -50 feet at mean lower low water (MLLW), and deepening the President Roads Anchorage, the Main Ship Channel from the Roads up to the Reserved Channel, the lower Reserved Channel and its Turning Area, all to -48 feet MLLW. These improvements would allow larger containerships to call on Massport’s Conley Terminal on the Reserved Channel. Three additional minor improvements are also recommended.
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