On Saturday, December 26, in presence of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Port of L.A. welcomed the CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, the largest cargo vessel ever to call at a U.S. port. Indeed, the CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN is 1,300 ft. long and can carry up to 18,000 containers, which, if they were aligned next to each other, would represent the distance between Santa Monica and Santa Barbara.
Longer (1,300 ft.) than the Empire State Building (1,250 ft.), she is also larger (177 ft. width) than a football field (160 ft.).
From left to right: PoLa Executive Director Gene Seroka, CMA CGM Operations Patrice Mittard, Los Angeles Council Member Joe Buscaino, Master of the CMA CG BENJAMIN FRANKLIN Captain Krpan, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, CMA CGM America LLC President Marc Bourdon and Los Angeles Port Police Chief Thomas Gazsi (©Port of Los Angeles)
The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin was named after one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and represents a great symbol of the alliance between France and the United States as Benjamin Franklin was appointed first U.S. Ambassador to France by Thomas Jefferson. 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, the Treaty of Alliance with France, the Treaty of Paris and the United States Constitution.
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Did you know it?
› Longer than 3 football fields or 5 Boeing 747-400.
› Longer than the Empire State Building (1,250 ft. without the antennas) and the Eiffel Tower (1,063 ft.).
› The vessel is 197 ft. high, which is the same height as a 20-floor building. Her highest antenna peaks at 230 ft.
› A last generation engine as powerful as 900 Ford Focus cars.
› Her maximum load capacity represents the volume of 235 Olympic pools – meaning almost 590,000 cubic meters.
› Her 21 knots thrust is equivalent to that of 11 Boeing 747-400 engines (3,000 KNewton).
› An electric production of a city of 16,000 inhabitants (14MWatts).
› A capacity of 18,000 TEUs or 358 ft. of aligned containers
› 26 staff members onboard