A cargo vessel from France called the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin docked at the Port of Los Angeles on Saturday making it officially the largest container ship to ever come to North America.
If the numerous pictures fail to capture just how gigantic this ship is, which is doubtful, some of the vessel’s measurables help put it in perspective.
As long as the Empire State Building is tall?
If you don’t count the Empire State Building’s antenna, the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin is as long as that iconic building is tall.
According to KABC, the ship is as wide as an Olympic swimming pool.
As powerful as 900 Ford Focus cars
This beast can move 18,000 containers at a time — “a third more cargo than most ships at the [Los Angeles] port.” Its engine is the equivalent of 900 Ford Focus engines, Maritime Matters writes, and its thrust is as powerful as 11 Boeing 747-400 engines.
The ship is named as a reminder of the relationship between the United States and France
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said upon the ship’s arrival that this French ship was an ambassador to America as Benjamin Franklin was an ambassador to France, hence the name.
“This ship is called the Benjamin Franklin because it embodies the relationship that has existed between our nation and France…,” he said. “Here we have this great French ambassador visiting America and repaying the favor.”
Facts about the crew and other things
This huge ship is operated by 27 people, including a chef, has a swimming pool and a waste recycling system, according to Maritime Matters.