Mayor Ed Murray Welcomes Largest Shipping Vessel in U.S. History to Seattle

The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin made history Monday morning by becoming the largest ship to ever port in Seattle. The ship is also the largest vessel to ever port in the United States.

Larger than the Columbia Tower and longer than 5 Boeing 747s, the CMA CGM is quite a sight to be seen.

Mayor Ed Murray was on hand to greet the ship, along with Seattle Fire’s Leshi. Several Council members were in attendance as well, including Council President Bruce Harrell, Councilmember Tim Burgess, Councilmember Debora Juarez and Councilmember Rob Johnson. 

Terminal 18 is one of the few ports in the world large enough to host a ship of this size. The Port of Seattle and the regional maritime industry has been preparing to host so-called “super ships” for some time.

During the ceremony to welcome the vessel to Seattle, Mayor Ed Murray spoke about the importance of the maritime industry to Seattle because of the solid middle-income jobs the industry produces. He reconfirmed the City’s commitment to the industry and called the Benjamin Franklin, “incredible.”

The Northwest Seaport Alliance generates $1.1 billion in direct income, $2.4 Billion in induced income and $554.3 million in indirect income, for a total of $4.1 billion in total income & re-spending in the region.