MEGASHIPS

On the U.S. West Coast, megaships are defined as container ships capable of handling more than 13,000 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) — a standardized maritime industry measurement used when counting cargo containers of varying lengths. Megaships may also be referred to as post-Panamax ships, and shipping lines are increasing the use of these vessels due to size and efficiency. The Port of Los Angeles is currently in the midst of a 10-year, $2.6 billion infrastructure investment program aimed at raising the bar for cargo efficiency, and has updated its infrastructure by deepening harbor channels, extending crane reach, and increasing backland to service these behemoths, which carry more cargo and make fewer calls. Megaships increase supply chain velocity and improve the region’s air quality. In the case of megaships at America’s Port®, bigger definitely means better.
 
To date, the Port of Los Angeles has welcomed nearly 300 megaships – more than any port in North America. Featured below are 10 of the megaships that have called at the Port of Los Angeles since 2015.
 

2018 MEGASHIP VISITS
Eugen Maersk

Eugen Maersk

Dec. 20, 2018
17,800+ TEUs

The Port of Los Angeles welcomed megaship Eugen Maersk, the newest of the Maersk E-class vessels, carrying nearly 18,000 TEUs.
Eleonora Maersk

Eleonora Maersk

Nov. 29, 2018
17,800+ TEUs

The Port of Los Angeles welcomed Eleonora Maersk, the biggest ship to call at America’s Port® since the arrival of the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin in 2015.
Thalassa Axia

Thalassa Axia

Oct. 24, 2018
13,800+ TEUs

Evergreen Thalassia Axia, the largest 14,000-TEU vessel to ever call at the Everport Terminal visits at the Port of Los Angeles.
Cosco Italy

Cosco Italy

Oct. 3 2018
13,300+ TEUs

Cosco Italy is one of the first megaships to call at the Everport Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles.
2017 MEGASHIP VISITS
CMA CGM Thomas Jefferson

CMA CGM Thomas Jefferson

May 27, 2017
14,400+ TEUs

On May 27, the newly built CMA CGM Thomas Jefferson arrived at the Port of Los Angeles. She is the third ship named after one of the presidents of the United States.
CMA CGM George Washington

CMA CGM George Washington

May 13, 2017
14,400+ TEUs

The newly built CMA CGM George Washington (14,000 TEUs) arrived at the Port of Los Angeles on her maiden voyage.
CMA CGM Abraham Lincoln

CMA CGM Abraham Lincoln

Apr. 30, 2017
14,400+ TEUs

The newly built CMA CGM Abraham Lincoln, capable of holding 14,000 TEUs, arrives at the Port of Los Angeles.
2016 MEGASHIP VISITS
Maersk Evora

Maersk Evora

Sept. 20, 2016
13,000+ TEUs

The ship came into APMT at the Port of Los Angeles fully loaded with nine containers above deck, the first for any U.S. port. By time the ship left, 24,846 TEUs were loaded off and back on the ship -- a new world record for a single vessel port call!
Maersk Edmonton

Maersk Edmonton

Apr. 19, 2016
13,000+ TEUs

Port of Los Angeles welcomes megaship Maersk Edmonton back to America's Port® after her first visit in December 2015.
2015 MEGASHIP VISITS
CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin

CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin

Dec. 26, 2015
17,800+ TEUs

On December 26, the Port of Los Angeles welcomed the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, the largest container ship to ever call at a North American port.