Megaships: Seeking A Deep Harbor

Ports are racing to satisfy the needs of new giant cargo vessels

When the gleaming, blue Regina Maersk--her deck the size of three football fields--sailed into New York Harbor in July, a crowd gathered to see the megaship, one of a new class of giant cargo vessels. But the welcome was marred when the Regina's prop churned up mud and the crew had to scramble to lower an antenna before it smacked into the Bayonne Bridge. The harbor was too shallow, and the bridge too low. It was an omen: The future of shipping had come to call--but alas, the harbor was found wanting.

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