CMA CGM Marco Polo Completes Maiden Voyage

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February 4, 2013

CMA CGM Marco Polo during her maiden call in Hong Kong. Photo: CMA CGM Group

French shipping group, CMA CGM, on Monday confirmed that on January 24, the CMA CGM Marco Polo arrived in Ningbo, China, marking the last stop in her maiden voyage from China to Europe and back.

The French shipping group took delivery of the Marco Polo on November 5, 2012. With the capacity to carry 16,020 TEUs, the vessel is officially the world’s largest containership by TEU capacity.


CMA CGM notes that a number records were set during this first turnaround, including:

  • From Le Havre the Marco Polo left with a record load of 163,464 tons.
  • During the port call at Khor Fakkan, a new productivity record was achieved with an average of 223 movements per hour for a total of 6,922 moves.
  • At Port Kelang, the CMA CGM Marco Polo left with the biggest load ever made by CMA CGM with 14,398 TEUs.

CMA CGM also commented on the environmental performance achieved by the Marco Polo. On this first turnaround at full load, CMA CGM says that the Marco Polo emitted only 40 grams of CO2 per kilometer per ton transported, marking a reduction of 12% compared to the CMA CGM Christophe Colomb and 23% compared to the modern ships of the CMA CGM fleet.

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