Big Ship to Sail Past Heights This Afternoon

Update: Sailing time has evidently been delayed. We’ll let you know when we have a new estimated departure time. Update-update: Sailing time is now late tonight.

The giant (703 feet long, 56,650 gross tons) combination container and RORO ship Grande Benin, belonging to Italy’s Grimaldi Group (no relation to the pizza folks, so far as we know) will depart from the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where she has been undergoing repairs for the past several weeks, at 1:00 p.m. She should be passing under the Brooklyn Bridge and heading past Pier 1 of Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Promenade shortly after that.

Grande Benin is so tall that, to fit under the Brooklyn Bridge, she had to be ballasted down and have her mast removed. Thanks to PortSide New York for the tip.

Photos by C. Scales for BHB.

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  • Reggie

    RO, RO, RO your boat, gently down the stream.

  • william

    What oar you thinking?

  • GHB

    Pepperoni slice, please

  • AEB

    As one who has been ballasted down, not to mention having my masts removed, I can tell you, it ISN’T pretty…..

  • nabeguy

    Man, that thing could hold a lot of mozzerella.

  • Mathemetician

    That thing is sooo big it could fit 9 3/4 Great Wall Restaurants, with a little extra space for the old Petite Crevette.

  • Hello Brooklyn

    Saw this big boy making its way up the river a few weeks ago from the promenade. Was sure it was going to tag the Bbridge span. Quite a sight.

  • my2cents

    Man, the size of the Grimaldi Lines is really getting out of hand.

  • nabeguy

    Brilliant, my2.

  • David on Middagh

    If you think the Grande Benin is large, you should see the Venti.

  • lois

    What a bunch of comedians we have here today. I hope KJ will be on the promenade to record the event and that it won’t be as cold as it was the evening of The Three Queens meeting.