SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — A cargo ship that maritime officials are calling the largest ever to enter San Francisco Bay passed beneath the Golden Gate Bridge on Wednesday 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 is heading north from the Port of Long Beach, and crossed under the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge before mooring at the Port of Oakland.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

Built in South Korea in 2010, the Fabiola is one of a new class of ultra-large container ships.

Ship watchers who miss the Fabiola’s arrival can see it depart back to the Pacific early Thursday evening.

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Comments (6)
  1. Jeremy Truesdell says:

    I heard on the radio that one of the KCBS reporters was in a chopper over the ship. when can we expect the video?

  2. Jeremy Truesdell says:

    Appeared about 10 sec after my post

  3. Albert Whinestein says:

    Bust out your slide rules. 12,000 x 40′ (avg conainer size) is 480,000 feet.
    How did you come up with that 47 miles end to end figure?

    1. Jay says:

      20 feet long for shipping containers

  4. J&J Hansen says:

    We’re moving to Africa next month and our cargo container is on this ship! It’s due to arrive in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania at the end of May. Pretty exciting.

  5. shyron jones says:

    i dont beliive 12,000 containers could fit on one ship big as they are i worked a b.n.s.f. railroad so i know how big they are

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