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Megaship docked in the USA signifies shipping evolution

07 Jan 2016

Last week, the largest cargo ship to ever visit North America arrived at the Port of Los Angeles. Now docked at the Port of Oakland, the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin is 1,300-foot-long, 200-foot-high and can carry 18,000 twenty-foot units.

Journeying from China and South Korea, the ship can hold one-third more cargo than the largest ships currently in operation within the U.S.

Based in France, CMA CGM expects the megaship to return to the U.S. regularly, transporting cargo between China, South Korea and the West Coast.

“This is a milestone for the Port of Oakland and for U.S. trade,” said the Port’s Maritime Director, John Driscoll.

Over the past couple of years, there has been an evident push to move greater amounts of cargo using less fuel as freight companies are eager to build megaships to improve transport efficiency. Most docking ports have welcomed the challenge, including the Port of Oakland which spent millions of dollars over a course of several years preparing for the ship’s arrival. Many cranes were raised and the terminal was extended and restructured.

The successful docking of the Benjamin Franklin positively signifies the rapid shipping improvements occurring in the global freight industry.

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