The past six-plus months have uncovered and brought to light some truths about our society. Among those is the importance of a well-functioning supply chain for the commodities upon which we rely. When the pandemic first hit, we experienced delays in getting the goods that we had all perhaps taken for granted in the past. Suddenly, there were runs on toilet paper, trampolines, and non-perishable food items. Ensuring their continued supply felt more important than ever.
As we observe World Maritime Day, we at Boston Harbor Now are reflecting on and appreciating the role that Boston’s working port plays in our lives. Particularly during the past few months, when many commodities were in short supply, it has been clear that a healthy, functioning port and the essential workers who are employed in the maritime economy are critical to keeping our shelves stocked with food and our homes comfortable. We are proud to continue to support our working port.
Boston’s working port encompasses not only the Conley Terminal in South Boston, but also port areas in East Boston, Chelsea, Everett, and Charlestown that support our economy. These waterfront areas are responsible for supplying us with food, fuel, cars, wine, furniture, road salt, and more. Conley Terminal alone handles approximately 1.5 million metric tons of cargo each year. Through our advocacy, we continue to support these working port areas and to find ways to make them work for the entire region as well as the local communities in which they are located. Protecting the working port from encroachment by incompatible development as well as from sea level rise continues to be a vital part of our work.
For more information on the working port, you can refer to our “Waterfront Wednesday” episodes on the global supply chain and environmental justice.
Thank you for your continued support.