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Panama Canal project will bring huge ships to Eastern ports

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Associated Press/Sept. 21, 2010 The President Truman, a large cargo ship, passes under the Bayonne Bridge in Bayonne, N.J., as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, third left, front, and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, fourth left, front, listen with others, as Rep. Albio Sires of New Jersey talks about plans to raise the height of the bridge to accommodate the larger next generation of cargo ships.

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East and Gulf coast ports are jockeying against one another, scrambling to accommodate so-called "post-Panamax" ships: massive vessels that can traverse an expanded Panama Canal. The $5.25 billion project is expected to be completed in 2015 and will nearly triple the size of ships that can travel the canal.
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