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Giant container ship unloads at Port of Los Angeles

The largest container ship ever to visit US shores completed its first stop at the port of Los Angeles ahead of schedule Tuesday night. Analysts, however, say US ports aren’t prepared to regularly handle the peaks in container activity that such megaships present. As global trade volumes swell and shippers seek to drive down costs, they are turning to larger, slower but more efficient vessels that strain the capacity of even the most efficient ports. Leading to the arrival of the 1,300-foot-long Benjamin Franklin, owned by French shipping line CMA CGM SA, officials at the port of Los Angeles undertook an unprecedented level of preparation. The largest container ship to ever make port in North America unloads its cargo in the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. …

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