Supersize cargo ship enters New York Port
The visit by one of the world’s largest, environmentally friendly vessels was made possible by the June completion of the Port Authority’s $1.6 billion Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Project, which raised the clearance under the crossing from 151 feet to 215 feet, the same height as the nearby Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
Prior to the project’s completion, the maximum vessel size that could fit under the bridge was approximately 9,400 TEUs. The port is now able to handle ships as large as 18,000 TEUs.
To put the size of the T. Roosevelt into perspective, it is four times bigger than the Statue of Liberty and four times longer than an American football field.
It was named for Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, who was born in New York, was governor of the state and a Nobel Peace Prize winner.
To mark this major milestone in the port’s history, the T. Roosevelt was escorted from the Atlantic Ocean into port channels shortly after dawn by a fleet of smaller vessels to herald its arrival.
The vessel later docked at the APM Terminal in Elizabeth. Only days earlier, the ship became the largest ever to head through the newly expanded Panama Canal on its way to the East Coast from Asia. ■