A whopper of a ship, CMA-CGM’s Benjamin Franklin is 1,300 feet long (taller than the Empire State Building) 177 feet wide (wider than a football field) and 197 feet high (the height of a 20-story building). At a capacity of 18,000 TEU’s, it is the largest vessel to ever call an American port, and it docked in Oakland on December 31, 2015. What a way to ring in the new year!
Oakland is one of the few “big ship ready” ports in the nation. Knowing that ocean carriers were ordering larger and larger vessels, the port began preparing years ago. They completed the dredging project to give ship channels and berths a 50′ draft. They have cranes tall enough to handle the bigger ships and are working diligently to raise the height of four additional cranes. And, they are modernizing marine terminals.
These steps will ensure the Port of Oakland is prepared for the future and these behemoth ships.
Check out the video below of the Benjamin Franklin in the turning basin.