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.

 

Seattle Companies at CES

 

CES is ramping up in Las Vegas, and Seattle companies are out in force. Here are few Seattle-based companies we’re following:

Picobrew (@picobrewbeer)

Seattle-based Pictobrew boasts they created the “World’s first all-grain, fully-automatic, beer brewing appliance.” What could be more Seattle than that?
Gemio (@gemio)

This writer remembers friendship bracelets that were, um, low-tech… or rather no-tech. But Gemio, a Seattle-based company has reinvented the tradition with their light-up and friend-synched networked friendship bracelets.

Ram Mounts (@RAMMOUNTS)

It makes sense Ram Mounts has their roots fully planted in Seattle, where tech-savvy outdoorsy customers love using their USA made products to mount their gadgets to cars, bikes, and more.

Glympse (@glympse)

Glympse lets you share your location in real time with who you choose. Big things are happening for Glympse, including integration with Ford.

Glowforge (@glowforge)

Glowforge made history with the largest three-day crowdfunding campaign in history. Now the laser 3d printing company is working to bring their unique printers to the market.

Real Networks   (@RealNetworks)

Real Networks is a foundational tech company who called Seattle home longer than most. They were the first company to offer an audio streaming solution for the Internet, and they’re still building and launching technology to make access to digital content more accessible.

Amazon (@Amazon)
Amazon has a significant presence at CES this year, including several different business units:

 

Levl (@LEVLnow)

Levl is working on a device to help you track how well your diet is working by measuring the amount of fat you’re burning via a pod that senses the level of acetone on your breath.

Click here to learn more about CES and Seattle’s impact on this important international event.