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Largest-Capacity Container Ship Visits East Coast Port

The ship is the length of four football fields.

(Bill Lyons/Staten Island Advance via AP)
(Bill Lyons/Staten Island Advance via AP)

The largest-capacity container ship ever to visit an East Coast port has sailed under a bridge that was elevated to handle such vessels.

The Theodore Roosevelt passed under the Bayonne Bridge on Thursday on its way to its dock in Elizabeth.

(Bill Lyons/Staten Island Advance via AP)(Bill Lyons/Staten Island Advance via AP)

The ship is 1,202 feet (366 meters) long — the length of four football fields — and 166 feet (50 meters) wide. It can carry more than 7,200 standard 40-foot (12 meters) shipping containers above and below its decks.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has spent $1.6 billion to raise the bridge and deepen the channel so very large ships can use the container ports in Elizabeth and Newark.

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