One of the world’s largest cargo ships, the T. Roosevelt, had no trouble clearing the recently elevated Bayonne Bridge to sail into channels maintained by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The T. Roosevelt has a maximum capacity of 14,414 TEUs (twenty-foot-equivalent units); each TEU is equal to a standard 20-foot shipping container — 20 feet long, 8 feet tall. The largest ship that could pass under the Bayonne Bridge would be 18,000 TEUs.
The clearance of the Bayonne Bridge was recently raised from 151 feet to 215 feet, the same height as the nearby Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Before the elevation, the largest ship that could pass under the Bayonne Bridge was 9,400 TEUs.
To put the size of the T. Roosevelt in perspective, it is four times bigger than the Statue of Liberty and four times longer than an American football field. 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.