Benjamin Franklin is one massive container ship that will start carrying cargo from May
This colossal container ship and five like it are going to carry cargo across Pacific Ocean but they would not be coming to Puget Sound Ports. These ships are planned to start their journey from May this year.French-owned CMA CGM Group has made an announcement on Thursday that the trans-Pacific deployment of their gigantic cargo ships is real close and each one of these will be able to carry 18,000 TEUs. Thanks to these mammoth ships, delivering sea cargo to Africa, China, UK, US and Canada along with other international destinations will be quiet cost effective.
Most of the cargo will be coming from China and will be delivered to international markets especially the US. Early this week, the Benjamin Franklin made quiet some news locally as well as globally when it reached the Terminal 18 at Seattle. It attracted plenty of notables and they all have shown their willingness to bring more and more ships like this one to their waters. That is a good news but they will have to wait as CMA CGM Group’s pearl River Express Service is going to use all these cargo ships on the route between West Coast of the United States and China, and unfortunately, Seattle does not come on this route.
These ships are moved as constant stream in a circle, in China they will be calling at five ports before they arrive at the Port of Long Beach where they will unload import cargo. From there onwards, the ships will move up the coast to the Port of Oakland where they will load export cargo and finally head back to China where they will unload this cargo.
The Benjamin Franklin ran a similar route early this week up the West Coast from Long Beach to Oakland, from where it went to Terminal 18 in Seattle. ED McCarthy, Chief Operating Officer, said Monday that they will be bringing the ship to service between China and Europe. He further added that “it will go back into Europe-Asia trade, that’s what the vessel normally does. The other five are in the Europe-Asia trade today. This will join in the Europe-Asia trade.”