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

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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:

  • Longer than downtown Los Angeles's tallest building

  • Longer than four football fields

  • Longer than five Boeing 747 airplanes

  • Bigger than the Empire State Building (without antennas) and the Eiffel Tower

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. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

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.

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