In September, thanks to the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Project, the CMA CGM T. ROOSEVELT will become the largest vessel ever to pass under the bridge. Let’s take this opportunity to learn more about this historical bridge.
The Bayonne Bridge is an arch bridge over the Kill Van Kull tidal strait connecting Bayonne, New Jersey with Staten Island, New York City. It is currently the fifth-longest steel arch bridge in the world, and even used to be the longest back at the time of its inauguration in 1931.
In the 2000s, the Port Authority started planning on a project to allow larger container ships to use the Kill Van Kull.
An insightful decision, as the expansion of the Panama Canal much later in 2016 would bring larger Post Panamax ships and more numerous vessels from Asia to the East Coast of the U.S.
Indeed, before the elevation project, the bridge’s elevation wouldn’t allow large ships to pass under it. Had things stayed that way, local ports would have been wasting away a good part of shipping business.
But thankfully, a $1.6 billion project to raise the bridge elevation combined with a 50-foot channel deepening now allows mega-ships (up to 18,000 TEU capacity) to safely pass under the Bayonne Bridge.
On September 7th, the CMA CGM T. ROOSEVELT, a 14,000 TEU vessel, will be the largest ship ever to pass under the new Bayonne Bridge.