A ship larger than an American aircraft carrier was just launched and has started making U.S. port visits. In total, the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin is 20 stories tall and can transport over 18,000 shipping containers, reports Interesting Engineering.
To put it into perspective, the ship is larger than the Empire State Building, a previous holder of the title world’s tallest building. A custom port loading crane as well as docking area was built in order to accommodate such a large ship. Many U.S. ports are too small to handle these monster container ships, so ships of this magnitude have traditionally not been common in the area.
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Source: Interesting Engineering