It is the largest cargo vessel ever to call at a U.S. port. Symbolizing greatness, she was named after Benjamin Franklin, one of the ‘Founding Fathers’ of the United States and a champion of Franco-American relations spanning more than 200 years.
Signifying our trust in this growing market the U.S. represents a major development area for the CMA CGM Group. The CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, twice the length of the Washington Monument and larger than an American football field, was built with this famous character in mind: monumental!
A great man of the 18th century, Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790) was appointed as the first U.S. Ambassador to France in 1776 by Thomas Jefferson to obtain French support during the ‘Revolutionary War’ between U.S. and Great Britain (1775 – 1781). He signed the ‘Treaty of Alliance’ with the French on February 6th, 1778, under the name “Franco-American Treaty of Amity and Commerce”, officially supporting the U.S. The ‘Treaty of Paris’ was signed on September 3rd, 1783, recognizing American independence and putting an end to the war.
A renowned authority on politics and science, Benjamin Franklin is the only Founding Father who is a signatory of all four of the major documents of the founding of the United States: the Declaration of Independence (July 4th, 1776), the Treaty of Alliance with France, the Treaty of Paris and the United States Constitution (September 17th, 1787).
With the CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, the CMA CGM Group envisions a new chapter of the U.S. maritime activity.
The CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN called at the Port of Los Angeles on December 26th, 2015. She then called at the Port of Oakland on December 31st. She will return to the U.S. in February.