CMA CGM Marco Polo

The World's largest containership

396 meters long / 16,000 TEUs


CMA CGM Marco Polo calls at Hamburg today

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On 12 December, the vessel called at Hamburg, entry port for North Europe but also for servicing the Baltic and Russia.

Due to its location, Hamburg is the preferred port for access to German markets inland, but also, thanks to a network of feeders operated by the Group, for seamless onward transport to all Scandinavian, Baltic and Russian markets. Russia is fast becoming one of the leading north European destinations for our services from Asia.

Did you know?

The “Willkomm Höft” salute: a maritime courtesy

Since 1952, every vessel as it approaches on the River Elba from the estuary has been ceremoniously saluted, with the Hamburg flag being lowered and the international flag hoisted to signify “Bon voyage”. The salute is then repeated for those leaving Hamburg. Sometimes ships enter into the spirit by dipping their flag or sounding their fog horn.

The biggest vessels are treated to an even more solemn ritual on their arrival into and departure from German territorial waters: in addition to the flag ceremony the national anthem of the country under which the vessel is registered is played. In total, 152 anthems are recorded on the central station’s computer and this tradition is scrupulously honoured by shipping enthusiasts and experts who take turns to ensure it takes place every day of the year between 08:00 and 20:00.

You can find out more about the call of the CMA CGM Marco Polo by reading this article of


On 5 November, the CMA CGM Group took delivery of the biggest vessel in its fleet and currently the world’s largest (capacity) containership, the CMA CGM MARCO POLO capable of carrying up to 16,000 TEUs.
With this blog, you will find out all about the vessel as well as many interesting aspects of a merchant fleet: from building the vessel, to training those who sail on her, the goods carried and the technical innovations to protect the environment.