US welcomes record-breaker of a cargo ship

The Benjamin Franklin, operated by French container company CMA CGM, sits docked at the Port of Los Angeles in California on Saturday. It is the largest container vessel to call at a United States port. It is longer than the Empire State Building lai
PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, the largest container ship to ever call at a North America port, is docked at the Port of Los Angeles in California after arriving before dawn on Dec 26.
The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, the largest container ship to ever call at a North America port, is docked at the Port of Los Angeles in California after arriving before dawn on Dec 26. PHOTO: AFP
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti welcomes the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, the largest container ship to ever call at a US port on Dec 26.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti welcomes the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, the largest container ship to ever call at a US port on Dec 26. PHOTO: AFP
The Benjamin Franklin is the largest container vessel to ever call at a US port, with a capacity of nearly 18,000 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs).
The Benjamin Franklin is the largest container vessel to ever call at a US port, with a capacity of nearly 18,000 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs). PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

The Benjamin Franklin, operated by French container company CMA CGM, sits docked at the Port of Los Angeles in California on Saturday.

It is the largest container vessel to call at a United States port. It is longer than the Empire State Building laid sideways and wider than an American football field.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 28, 2015, with the headline 'US welcomes record-breaker of a cargo ship'. Print Edition | Subscribe