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BNSF Picks Up Freight from Largest Container Vessel to Visit US

[ February 11, 2016   //   ]

A BNSF intermodal train departs the Port of Los Angeles after taking on freight from the CMA-CGM Benjamin Franklin, the largest container vessel ever to visit a US port. The ship, which can carry nearly 18,000 20-foot containers, docked in Los Angeles on Dec. 26. It took 10 trains to transport BNSF’s share of the cargo, more than 2,500 containers, inland. The containers will go to intermodal facilities including Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and Memphis. From there the containers will continue by truck to their destinations.
The Benjamin Franklin will operate a regular service between Los Angeles and Oakland, CA, and several ports in China. After its Los Angeles visit the ship stopped in Oakland. It carried a range of commodities including machinery and parts, cotton, sorghum wheat, corn, soybeans, barley, oats, and chemical products.

Steve Crise Photo Credit. CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin first docking in the USA at Pier 400 at Terminal Island California on December 26, 2015.

Steve Crise Photo Credit. CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin first docking in the USA at Pier 400 at Terminal Island California on December 26, 2015.

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