Massport appoints Joseph Morris as new port director

Massport appoints Joseph Morris as new port director

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Joseph Morris has been appointed port director of Massport, the Massachusetts Port Authority said Thursday, after serving as acting director since February. Morris joined Massport in 2020 as deputy port director and was moved to acting director after the departure of Mike Meyran.

Morris will be charged with overseeing the ongoing modernization of Massport’s Conley Container Terminal, the only full-service container terminal in New England.

The Conley project involves nearly $850 million in infrastructure improvements that are either under way or complete, including the Boston Harbor dredging project that will enable a new 50-foot-deep berth and the addition of three larger cranes. The terminal is also expanding container storage, building new gate facilities, and developing the Butler Freight Corridor, a new 3,300-foot roadway that redirects terminal freight traffic away from community roads.

Massport’s upgrades have been paying off, attracting a deal in March with Zim Integrated Shipping Services that now connects Boston to a new bi-weekly service that begins in Yantian, China, and stops in Cai Mep, Vietnam. In June, Mediterranean Shipping Co. selected Boston as the carrier’s first US port of call for its new Indus 2 service, which provides direct connections from New England to India, Italy, Spain, and Portugal.

The new services came at a much-needed time for Boston, which has seen challenges over the last year, including temporarily losing what was at the time its only Asia service.

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