CMA CGM Marco Polo

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CMA CGM Marco Polo in Zeebrugge, 18 December 2012
NameCMA CGM Marco Polo[1][4]
OwnerSNC Nordenskiold[2]
OperatorCMA CGM
Port of registryNassau, Bahamas[2]
BuilderDaewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, South Korea[2]
Yard number4161[2]
Completed5 November 2012[2]
Maiden voyage7 November 2012[3]
In service6 November 2012[1]
StatusIn service[1]
General characteristics [2]
Class and typeExplorer-class container ship
  • 175,343 GT
  • 85,361 NT
  • 187,625 DWT
Length396.0 m (1,299 ft 3 in)
Beam53.6 m (175 ft 10 in)
Draught16.0 m (52 ft 6 in)
Depth29.9 m (98 ft 1 in) (deck edge to keel)
Installed powerWärtsilä 14RT-flex96C (80,080 kW)
PropulsionSingle shaft, fixed-pitch propeller
Speed25.1 knots (46.5 km/h; 28.9 mph)[4]

CMA CGM Marco Polo is a Bahamas-registered container ship of the Explorer class[6] owned by the CMA CGM group. On 6 November 2012, it became the largest container ship in the world measured by capacity (16,020 TEU), but was surpassed on 24 February 2013 by the Maersk Triple E class (18,270 TEU), which is 4 metres (13.1 ft) longer at precisely 400m in length.

It is named for Venetian merchant and traveller Marco Polo.

The previous largest was Emma Mærsk and her seven sisters of the Mærsk E class (15,500 TEU). The capacity is 10,000 TEU with an average payload of 14 tonnes,[7] compared with 11,000 for Emma Mærsk[8] and even more for the Triple E Class.

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  1. ^ a b c d "CMA CGM Marco Polo (9454436)". Equasis. French Ministry for Transport. Retrieved 15 November 2012. (log-in access required)
  2. ^ a b c d e f "CMA CGM Marco Polo (14495H)". Veristar Info. Bureau Veritas. Retrieved 15 November 2012. (log-in access required)
  3. ^ "World's largest containership starts maiden voyage". Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  4. ^ a b "CMA CGM Marco Polo". Bureau Veritas. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  5. ^ "First impressions on navigation of Captain Velibor Krpan". CMA CGM. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
  6. ^ a b "The race among the world's biggest ships begins". Archived from the original on 8 June 2020. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  7. ^ a b "CMA CGM MARCO POLO". Archived from the original on 27 December 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  8. ^ "Namegiving of newbuilding L 203" (Press release). Odense Steel Shipyard. 8 December 2006. Archived from the original on 13 July 2007. Retrieved 6 November 2012.

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