The CMA-CGM Benjamin Franklin docked at the Port of Los Angeles for the first time at dawn on Saturday, Dec. 26 and is now unloading. It's the largest container ship ever to arrive at a North American port. It's 1,300 feet long, 177 feet wide and its cargo capacity is equal to nearly 18,000 20-foot containers.
The Benjamin Franklin is longer than the height of the Empire State Building. It's nearly 300 feet longer than the aircraft carrier U.S.S. George H.W. Bush. It's wider than a football field, and it's as high as a 20-story building.
BNSF Railway was there to welcome the ship with an intermodal train ready to take on many of its containers and transport them inland.
It will take 10 BNSF trains to move its share of the cargo, more than 2,500 containers, to inland intermodal facilities including Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and Memphis. From there the containers will continue by truck to their destinations.
A TEU is a twenty-foot equivalent unit, a term used to indicate a ship's cargo capacity. It refers to a 20'x8'x8' cargo container. The longer 40'x8'x8' cargo container equals two TEUs.
Benjamin Franklin is a brand-new ship delivered to CMA-CGM on Dec. 4. It launched on Dec. 10.
The ship will provide regular service connecting several Chinese ports with Los Angeles and Oakland, Calif. Its next stop is Oakland on Dec. 31.