CMA CONTAINER SHIP MODEL
The largest container ship docked in the U.S.A.
Named after one of the Founding Fathers of the US,
Benjamin Franklin was delivered to its owner in December
2015. The CMA CGM container ship was officially launched and christened
at Long Beach port in California in February 2016, and
became the biggest container ship ever to call the US
arrival at the Port
of Long Beach marked the first time a ship of this size
had been used in North America.
Benjamin Franklin is an
Explorer-class container ship. It is 18,000 TEU
and about a third larger than the biggest container
ships that typically visit the deep water ports of
southern California. The vessel’s maximum load capacity
is up to 18,000 containers, including 1,500 reefer
containers, representing the volume of 235 Olympic pools
of approximately 590,000m³. The massive container ship
requires a crew of 26 to operate.
CMA CGM Benjamin
Franklin's power is
as powerful as 900 Ford Focus cars combined and has a thrust of
21kt, which is equivalent to that of 11 Boeing 747-400
engines. The main engine is fitted with an exhaust bypass system
for slow-steaming and improves energy efficiency at low
loads, thus reducing the fuel consumption.
CMA CGM container ship’s optimized
hull design improves the vessel’s propulsion in the
water. The ship’s layout allows positioning of fuel
tanks below the castle. The double hull design protects
the fuel tanks.
CMA's design features
a unique higher castle located at its front, enabling it
to optimize the space while providing improved
visibility from the bridge and a better torsion
resistance (Torsion is caused by forces which do not
pass through the sheer center line axis of a ship’s
hull cross section. Torsion basically tends to twist the
vessel just like how we rinse a cloth by twisting it.)
twisted leading-edge rudder technology improves the
container ship's hydrodynamics, and reduces fuel consumption and
The CMA container ship is equipped with an ballast water
treatment system which directly treats the ballast
water when it is pumped into the vessel and again during
ballasting operations. The treated water is then
UV-filtered to completely remove any living organisms,
preventing any foreign organisms, which in general are
present in the ballast water, to enter the sea, thus
protecting the marine environment.
This primarily wood
Benjamin Franklin container
Plank-on-frame hull. This
construction method gives accurate hulls, as artisans create the frame of the
hull exactly like in drawings. The solid hull method, on the other hand, employs
most guesswork on the degree of curvature.
- Windows are cutouts
(not black decals or painted indentation) which are clean,
uniform, and aligned. We are not shy
to show the model in large photos. Nothing to hide!
45" long x
10" tall x 7" wide $3,900 Shipping
and insurance in the USA included.
Other countries $400 flat rate.
built per commission only.
We require only a small deposit to start the process
(not full amount, not even half) $500 The
remaining balance won't be due until the model is
in several months.
Learn more about the
Franklin container ship here:
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Explorer-class container ship model here: