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Giant Cargo Ship Arrives at US Port!

February 24th, 2016 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Cool Stuff, Industry News, Skolnik Newsletter

On December 26, 2015, the Port of Oakland berthed the largest cargo ship to ever visit the U.S. The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, at 1,310-feet nearly a quarter-mile long, tied up at the Port’s Outer Harbor, symbolically opened the Trans-Pacific trade route between Asia and Oakland to megaships.

Until today, megaships carrying 18,000 containers or more have been used exclusively in Asia-Europe trade lanes. Now that the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin has proven workable in Oakland, other megaships will likely follow. They’re the most cost-effective, fuel efficient and environmentally friendly vessels afloat. The port spent $400 million on dredging and upgrading cranes to handle mega-container ships.

French shipping line CMA-CGM launched the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin on December 10. CMA CGM officials said they’re deploying the ship in a regular service connecting China with the U.S. West Coast.

Vessel particulars:

  • Ship Builder: Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (a CSSC’s subsidiary)
  • Deadweight Tonnage: 185,000 tons
  • Year of built: 2015
  • Building cost: $151 million
  • Gross Weight Tonnage: 175,000 tons
  • Net Weight Tonnage: 100,000 tons
  • Container capacity: 18,000 TEU / 1,100 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Cargo tonnage 240,000 tons
  • Flag: UK
  • Length: 398 m / 1,305 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 54 m / 177 ft
  • Draught (Draft): 16 m / 53 ft
  • Engines: MAN B&W 11S90ME-C9.2
  • Fuel consumption – 330 tons per day
  • Cruising Speed: 25 kn / 29 mph / 47 km/h
  • Power output: 87,900 hp / 65,500 kW
  • Crew capacity: 27

View this video of the welcoming ceremony.

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