- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A huge new cargo ship is scheduled to arrive at the Port of Los Angeles this weekend.

The CMA-CGM Benjamin Franklin will be the largest container ship ever to call at a North American port when it arrives Saturday.

Recently delivered to the French shipping line CMA-CGM, the ship is 1,300 feet long, 177 feet wide and has the capacity of nearly 18,000 containers.

A port statement says that’s about a third larger than the biggest container ships that currently call at the twin ports of Los Angeles and adjacent Long Beach.

Port of LA Executive Director Gene Seroka says the mega ship’s arrival signals a new chapter in Pacific Rim trade flow.

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