July 6, 2013 - We went to San Pedro to visit the USS Iowa (BB-61). The Iowa, itself, is a ship so huge that when passing through the Panama Canal, there is only six inches of clearance between the ship and each side of the canal locks.
However, the Iowa is a dinghy compared to the Xin Los Angeles.
While the others were on line buying the tickets, I was roaming around the nearby docks. Two tugboats pulled away from the docks and headed out to sea. i did not really think much about where they were going or why.
|Tugs leaving their berths in San Pedro for the sea...|
|Now here comes a big ship...|
|The Ever Devote berthed on Terminal Island|
|Terminal Island berth waiting for work...|
|Small tour boat being dwarfed by Xin Los Angeles|
Until it finally passed us...
|Xin Los Angeles heading towards Vincent Thomas Bridge|
The Xin Los Angeles was the largest container ship in the world at the time of her completion in 2006, but since been overtaken in size by the Maersk Line's Emma Maersk, Gudrun Mærsk and Axel Mærsk. Xin Los Angeles has a capacity of 9,600 TEUs, and is one of a class of six.
The Xin Los Angeles weighs about 2.5 times more than the Iowa.