Maersk Line , Atlantic Basin, ca. 1960
In the late 1950s the Atlantic Basin was altered to make it more suited for cargo trucks. To do this roughly the back half of the basin was filled in and a new long metal warehouse shed, with raised loading docks, was built. This is what stands today.
The premier customer for the new space was the Maersk Line, which specialized in transporting cargo from Asia.
Maersk published a brochure in 1960 touting their new facility.
Text from the brochure:
Superior service for Exporters and Importers...at New York's newest pier
The facilities of the new $8,000,000 Maersk Line Terminal at Atlantic Basin offer shippers and consignees the quickest, most efficient handling of cargo to and from Far Eastern ports.
Built for the Maersk Line by The Port of New York Authority, Pier 11, Brooklyn, is the largest and most modern on the entire New York waterfront.
One block west of Hamilton Avenue, about two minutes from the Brooklyn end of the Brooklyn-Battery tunnel.
Wharf length: 2,050 feet, with entire pier paralleling shore.
Transit shed: 1,800 x 150 feet, offering 270,000 square feet of covered space beneath a single roof. Ample uncovered space adjoins.
Of steel frame, with corrugated aluminum walls, aluminum roofing, and asphaltic concrete flooring, the structure is entirely on land.
The pier structure houses the fully air-conditioned pier offices.
Shed has 29 cargo doors on apron side, 27 on inshore side.
TRUCK LOADING-UNLOADING PLATFORM
Extends full length of building and 20 feet wide with overhanging roof for all-weather protection. Elevated 4 feet to cargo floor, facilitating truck loading and unloading at tailgate level.
144 trucks with tailgate delivery can be accommodated at one time.
Waiting time virtually eliminated.
Atlantic Basin is a short lighterage distance from all rail lines.
FINEST PROTECTION FEATURES
Steel construction and asphaltic concrete flooring reduce fire risk to a minimum.
Temperature-controlled cargo rooms at each end of pier.
Special cargo enclosure for valuable cargo.
Astronomic time switch insures proper lighting at all times.
9-foot cyclone fence surrounds entire terminal area.
CONCENTRATION OF OPERATIONS
Teletype communication between New York office and Terminal guarantees importers and exporters accurate and fast transmission of their instructions. The concentration of all Maersk Line terminal operations under one roof provides further assurance of speedy and competent handling of cargo.
New Maersk Line Terminal, Pier 11, Atlantic Basin, Brooklyn, N. Y. where four Maersk cargo liners can be handled simultaneously.
"The handsome blue-hulled vessels of the Maersk Line are among the finest and fastest in the world.
Now, more than ever, through the facilities of the new Atlantic Basin pier, Maersk ships combine the time-honored traditions of Danish seamanship with the ultimate in modern cargo-handling efficiency.
MOLLER STEAMSHIP COMPANY, INC.
General Agents in The United States and Canada for
A. P. MOLLER, COPENHAGEN