BAYONNE, NJ - The 1,200-foot-long CMA CGM Brazil  passed under the Bayonne Bridge on Saturday heading to the Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal. The huge vessel was the largest container ship ever to call on the bi-state port, or any other port on the U.S. East Coast.

Although the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey successfully raised the Bayonne Bridge in 2019 to accommodate the new class of massive ships, facilities in Bayonne, Jersey City, Newark, and Elizabeth have been scrambling to modernize their operations to handle the expected massive increase in volume.

This includes Global Terminals in Jersey City and Bayonne, which began seeing similar sized ships earlier this year. Several larger than traditional container ships make frequent stops to local ports, many carrying nearly twice the number of cargo containers as their traditional counterparts.

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The New York/New Jersey port is in competition with the Port of Savannah which is upgrading its facilities to handle as many as six of these supersized ships by 2024.

But the port facilities in New York are expected to handle up to 75 percent of all the vessels coming to the U.S. East Coast – from which goods are shipped west to Ohio and Chicago as well.

The Brazil left the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal heading to Norfolk, Virginia.