CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin. Photo courtesy CMA CGM.


CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin sailed into the Port of Los Angeles on Saturday, making it the largest containership (so far) to stop at a U.S. port.

Measuring a whopping 1,300 feet in length and standing almost 200 feet high, “Big Ben” will operate regular transport between some of China’s main ports and the Ports of Los Angeles and Oakland. Ben’s scheduled in to the Port of Oakland on New Year’s Eve.


Watch this video by Scott Varley:


The Maritime Executive: The largest container ship ever to call at a North American port arrived to the Port of Los Angeles at dawn on Saturday, December 26. French shipping line CMA-CGM launched the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin on December 10.

It arrived in Los Angeles with containers stacked seven high, but at full capacity it is designed to stack 10 containers high. The terminal cranes are expected to be ready to take the vessel’s full capacity by the end of 2016. Read more from The Maritime Executive here…


posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee