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Photos from inside one of the world's largest cargo ships, the Benjamin Franklin

The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin is the largest container ship to ever dock in the U.S. The ship was officially inaugurated at the Port of Long Beach on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.
The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin is the largest container ship to ever dock in the U.S. The ship was officially inaugurated at the Port of Long Beach on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.
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The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin is the largest container ship to ever dock in the U.S. The ship was officially inaugurated at the Port of Long Beach on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.
The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin can carry up to 18,000 shipping containers.
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The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin is the largest container ship to ever dock in the U.S. The ship was officially inaugurated at the Port of Long Beach on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.
The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin has the electricity production of a 16,000-population city. The engine room is located on the second deck of the container ship.
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The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin is the largest container ship to ever dock in the U.S. The ship was officially inaugurated at the Port of Long Beach on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.
The AC plant and transformer room are located on the second deck of the Benjamin Franklin. The container ship made a previous stop in Southern California at the Port of Los Angeles in December 2015.
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The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin is the largest container ship to ever dock in the U.S. The ship was officially inaugurated at the Port of Long Beach on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.
There are 26 crew members on board the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin. The engine room is located on the second deck of the container ship.
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The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin is the largest container ship to ever dock in the U.S. The ship was officially inaugurated at the Port of Long Beach on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.
A passageway on the second deck of the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, the largest container ship to ever dock in the U.S., leads to the engine room.
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The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin is the largest container ship to ever dock in the U.S. The ship was officially inaugurated at the Port of Long Beach on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.
The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin is the largest container ship to ever dock in the U.S. The ship is longer than more than five Boeing 747 airplanes.
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The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin is the largest container ship to ever dock in the U.S. The ship was officially inaugurated at the Port of Long Beach on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.
The pilot navigation equipment room overlooks containers aboard the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin. The ship is bigger than the Empire State Building (without antennas).
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The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin is the largest container ship to ever dock in the U.S. The ship was officially inaugurated at the Port of Long Beach on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.
Binoculars sit inside the pilot navigation equipment room of the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, the largest container ship to ever dock in the U.S.
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The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin is the largest container ship to ever dock in the U.S. The ship was officially inaugurated at the Port of Long Beach on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.
The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin is as tall as a 20-story building. The G deck overlooks containers aboard the ship on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.
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The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin is the largest container ship to ever dock in the U.S. The ship was officially inaugurated at the Port of Long Beach on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.
The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin is the largest container ship to ever dock in the U.S. The ship was officially inaugurated at the Port of Long Beach on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.
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The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin is the largest container ship to ever dock in the U.S. The ship was officially inaugurated at the Port of Long Beach on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.
The pilot navigation equipment room is located on the G deck of the Benjamin Franklin. The ship is bigger than the Eiffel Tower.
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The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin is the largest container ship to ever dock in the U.S. The ship was officially inaugurated at the Port of Long Beach on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.
The engine room is located on the second deck of the container ship. East Coast ports can't support ships of this size.
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Until Wednesday, one of the world's largest cargo ships will be docked at the Port of Long Beach. it's the largest container ship to ever dock in the U.S.

French shipping company CMA CGM named its new boat the Benjamin Franklin. This is the container vessel's second visit to Southern California.

To give you an idea of just how big this cargo ship is, the Benjamin Franklin is:

The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin is the largest container ship to ever dock in the U.S. The ship was officially inaugurated at the Port of Long Beach on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.
The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin is the largest container ship to ever dock in the U.S. The ship was officially inaugurated at the Port of Long Beach on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.
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East Coast ports and the Panama Canal can't support cargo ships of this size. It can carry up to 18,000 containers onboard.

Ships like this can carry about one-third more cargo than the average container vessel coming into Southern California's ports.

In December 2015, the ship docked at the Port of L.A. The vessel is slated to move on to Oakland and Seattle.