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Intermodal: 'Big' not large enough word to describe BNSF customer's ship


Last month, Burlington Northern Santa Fe provided service to eastern destinations for Pacific Rim freight carried by the world's largest container ship, which docked at the Port of Long Beach, Calif.

Owned and operated by China Shipping Container Lines, "CSCL Asia" is longer than three football fields and carries enough goods to fill a one million-square-foot shopping center with products stacked eight feet high, BNSF officials said in a prepared statement. The ship's capacity is 8,500 TEU (20-foot equivalent units).

"China Shipping is one of BNSF's fastest-growing customers and the trend toward larger vessel size is clearly a testament to the huge growth of international trade," said Fred Malesa, BNSF assistant vice president of international marketing.

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