Marco Polo explores DP World

MV CMA CGM Marco Polo (2012/175,343gt) completed the outward leg of her maiden voyage from the Far East with a first call at Southampton on 9 December. The British-flagged vessel is the first of a class of three being built for the French shipping group by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering.

With a length of 396 metres and capacity for 16,020 TEU the Marco Polo is currently the world’s largest container carrier, a record that will be surpassed in June 2013 when the first of Maersk Line’s new 18,270 TEU Triple-E class ships enters service. The world’s container fleet is expected to grow by almost 10% in 2013 at a time when there is already a surplus of capacity.

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