BAYONNE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey welcome the CMACGM Marco Polo on Thursday.

It is the largest container ship ever to call at a port on the East Coast.

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The Port Authority says the raising of the roadway of the Bayonne Bridge and the deepening of the navigational channels will allow newer, ultra-large cargo ships to serve our area.

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In a statement, Port Authority President Rick Cotton said the ships “increasingly carry the food, supplies and goods needed to sustain millions of residents, support thousands of jobs and keep businesses open.”

CBSNewYork Team