It’s the second-biggest news in New Jersey this week.
The 1,200-foot CMA CGM Brazil, the largest container ship to ever dock at an East Coast port, was headed Saturday to the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced.
The ultralarge ship’s length is the equivalent of four New York City blocks, eight Statues of Liberty or two Washington Monuments. And its 167-foot width is longer than the field from sideline-to-sideline at MetLife Stadium, home to the Giants and the Jets.
Word of the Brazil’s arrival came two days after the state’s top news item: The impending release of a “A Letter to You,” the new album due out next month from Jersey’s own Bruce Springsteen.
The massive ship was completed this year, and will arrive with a cargo including fall and winter clothing, pharmaceuticals, furniture, food, toys and holiday decorations, according to authorities. The items will eventually be distributed throughout the metropolitan region and beyond.
The New Jersey port is the first of several U.S. stops after the ship’s journey from Sri Lanka via the Suez Canal, with a visit to Nova Scotia before it docks in the Garden State. The massive ship can carry 15,000 containers, with additional trips slated to Norfolk, Va.; Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C.
The local visit only became possible after the Port Authority’s raising of the Bayonne Bridge and its deepening of its navigational channels to allow the new generation of larger and more environmentally friendly cargo ships to serve terminals in Port Newark, Elizabeth, Bayonne and Staten Island.
The bridge project was completed in 2017.