Source: Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, 2010.
The Maher Terminal Overlooking the Bayonne Bridge
The Bayonne Bridge was built in 1931 and crosses the Kill Van Kull
Channel, which is the only access to the Newark Bay where the bulk of
the container terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey are located.
With a clearance of about 155 feet (47.2 meters), it can accommodate
containerships up to a range of 7,000 to 8,000 TEU, depending on their
load configuration, but not those above 10,000 TEU. It is thus underlined
that future growth prospects of the port of New York and New Jersey
could be compromised by a lack of clearance.
On the above photo, the portainers of the Maher Terminal at the forefront
and the APM Terminal (in blue) in the background underline the contradiction
between modern terminal equipment and a bridge built close to 80 years
ago. The indication, which is conveyed by the port community, is that
the bridge "needs a lift".