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Ultra-large shipping challenge

     CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin
  CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin

Major ports on the U.S. west coast are not quite ready to handle ultra-large container ships.  The problem is that the ports don’t have enough cranes to efficiently handle the high number of containers on these mega ships.

The first arrival of this new class of container ship at a U.S. west coast port occurred on December 26, 2015, when the Port of Los Angeles received the 17,859-ton CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin.  While the unloading was judged a success, it is clear that the port could not handle several ultra-large container ships at the same time.    

For more information, contact Lisa Fertita, General Manager – Freight Services, Universal Logistics USA.

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