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MSC Fabiola

MSC Fabiola (Image credit (c): Manuel Hernández Lafuente)

It was quite a sight when a cargo ship that maritime officials call the largest ever to enter San Francisco Bay, passed under the under the Golden Gate Bridge late yesterday afternoon.

The MSC Fabiola is nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall and can carry more than 12,000 shipping containers. Those containers placed end-to-end would stretch more than 47 miles.

The vessel’s trip started in the Port of Long Beach and it is currently berthed in the port of Oakland.  The ship leaves for China tonight.

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