The largest container ship ever to call at a North American port, CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, arrived at the Port of Los Angeles on Saturday, December 26.
“With the arrival of the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, the Port of Los Angeles has proven that it is prepared to handle the next phase in global trade,” said Congresswoman Janice Hahn.
“The arrival of this mega ship is the result of decades of hard work at the Port of Los Angeles. From dredging the channel to greater depths, to building on-dock rail, to training world-class longshore labor, the Port of Los Angeles has been preparing to handle the ships of the future. Mega ships like the Benjamin Franklin are not only bigger, they are better than the ships that came before them with better energy efficiency and lower emissions.”
The container ship is 1,300 ft. long and 177 ft. wide – longer than the Empire State Building is tall, and wider than an NFL field.
This vessel is as tall as a 20-floor building and will depart the Port of Los Angeles on Wednesday, December 30, for the Port of Oakland.