Saturday 20th February, Port of Long Beach, CA – The winners of the Instagram competition arrive at the Port entrance. They are welcomed by Mary Kate from the Port of Long Beach, and by Bryan from CMA CGM, who will take them to the vessel.
@jongps, @tdangphoto, @cmac2u, @sliceofaissa and @daphotokid have all won their visit by posting a picture of the CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN on Instagram, when it was at the Port of L.A. or at the Port of Oakland in late December. They are all very excited to be here. Some of them have travelled from far to get onboard the largest vessel ever to call at a U.S. port.
Operations have begun the night before and the winners can appreciate the containers being moved around. It’s quite striking to see it for real! It is now time to step on the deck, and to go into the bridge from which the vessel is commanded from. Captain Krpan is here to welcome our very special guests. Our little group moves to the cabins, before walking along the “mirror” corridor to visit the engine room. It is so long that no one can see the end of it! The engine room is massive, and it is probably what impressed our guests the most. Sadly it is already time to leave and to walk down the long stairs leading to the ground!
“That was an amazing experience. I was not expecting this kind of access to the ship, from the bridge down to the engine room. That was an experience that I will never forget. I would like to thank everyone who made this event happened,” said Tue (aka @tdangphoto), obviously thrilled by the visit.
Aissa (aka @sliceofaissa) explained, “The CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN is an engineering marvel and it was thrilling to be one of the first guests in this country to be on board. The crew was so informative and welcoming. It was an honor to be a part of not just the present, but the future of the newest technology in commerce on the high seas! I am eternally grateful to be given such a memorable opportunity.”
Charles (aka @cmac2u) was very happy about the tour and will keep great memories of it, “Even when docked at the Port of Long Beach, the view from the bridge of the CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN was beyond words. To lookout over all of those blue CMA CGM cargo containers, both fore and aft, was a most impressive sight to behold. One of the more impressive sights was standing dockside and looking directly up at the side of the CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. One feels very insignificant in size standing next to the enormous magnitude of the CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN.
During my group tour of the BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, I took the opportunity to present to Captain Krpan a framed print of my winning entry. I was later told that Captain Krpan really did appreciate my presentation to him on the bridge of the CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. I brought along a second print of my image and asked Captain Krpan to sign it. He gladly did and it now hangs proudly in my office area.
All in all, the entire CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN photo competition process has been one of my most memorable life experiences.”