Watch the Biggest Ship Ever to Dock in North America Pull Into the Port of LA

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Image courtesy the Port of Los Angeles

Over the weekend, the Port of Los Angeles welcomed the largest ship that’s ever docked in North America, a 1,300-foot-long beast officially named the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin. Longer than three football fields, NBC4 reports, the ship (part of the French shipping line CMA-CGM) is about a third larger than the biggest ships that usually come into the port. The fact that San Pedro was chosen as the Benjamin Franklin’s first stop is significant because it “sends a powerful message that our port stands among the world’s greatest,” according to Mayor Eric Garcetti (quoted in the port’s press release. Just how big is this ship? We’ve got a few different views and a video to help answer that.

This ship holds enough cargo to fill 235 Olympic pools. #BenjaminFranklinVisitsLApic.twitter.com/SVgSBQX5BZ

— LA Mayor’s Office (@LAMayorsOffice) December 26, 2015

View a time lapse video of the arrival of the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin. #BenjaminFranklinVisitsLA#PortofLApic.twitter.com/IVmHffqsIu

— Port of Los Angeles (@PortofLA) December 28, 2015

#BenjaminFranklinVisitsLApic.twitter.com/eh1jQNQpea

— Longie (@DaLeftHook) December 28, 2015

Lined up, all of the refrigerated containers aboard @cmacgm#BenjaminFranklin would equal the distance between #SantaMonica & #SantaBarbara.

— Port of Los Angeles (@PortofLA) December 27, 2015

Largest cargo ship to dock in North America arrives Saturday. Here is how you can see it.
https://t.co/i5lXiGTS0lpic.twitter.com/Ow31Np2QN3

— Chris Ledermuller (@Ledermuller) December 25, 2015

Megaship is longer than Empire State Building and wider than Olympic-size swimming pool. #BenjaminFranklinVisitsLApic.twitter.com/vyc67S2P2m

— Port of Los Angeles (@PortofLA) December 26, 2015

Seven container cranes will be used to unload this massive cargo ship. #PortofLA#BenjaminFranklinVisitsLApic.twitter.com/lLW73OgEKF

— Port of Los Angeles (@PortofLA) December 26, 2015

#benjaminfranklinvisitsla the biggest container ship to ever visit the U.S. Congress to th… https://t.co/HO2BjhfV9Ypic.twitter.com/GmUk1xPKKm

— Eric Garcetti (@ericgarcetti) December 26, 2015

The largest container ship to visit North America has arrived at the #PortofLA. #BenjaminFranklinVisitsLA#CMACGMUSApic.twitter.com/nDGVnrINJs

— Port of Los Angeles (@PortofLA) December 26, 2015

· Massive Cargo Ship Arrives at Port of Los Angeles [NBC4]

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