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CMA CGM Deploys Largest Cargo Vessel Ever to Call at a US port

[ December 15, 2015   //   ]

The 18,000-TEU container ship CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN will make its first U.S. call at the Port of Los Angeles in late December. It will be the largest container ship of this capacity ever to call at any port in the United States. The vessel will later call at the Port of Oakland on December, 31.
With this call, CMA CGM is furthering its strategy of providing customers with the reach of a global network combined with the convenience of a personal service. It also reflects CMA CGM’s faith in the long-term growth potential of the U.S. economy, and its commitment to increasing its U.S. market share.
A pioneer in deploying large-capacity vessels to the U.S., the CMA CGM Group has been working closely with the Ports of Los Angeles and Oakland to ensure there is sufficient infrastructure to support an 18,000 TEU vessel.  The Group looks forward to working with other ports throughout the U.S. as they begin similar assessments of their infrastructure.
CMA CGM is today the third largest container shipping company in the world offering innovative sea, land and logistics solutions on all 5 continents.
The CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN will be deployed on the Pearl River Express, a service connecting the main China ports, including Xiamen, Nansha and Yantian, with the U.S. West Coast ports. The vessel, built with state-of-the-art technology, was delivered on December 4, 2015.