CMA CGM Marco Polo

The World's largest containership

396 meters long / 16,000 TEUs


The CMA CGM Marco Polo in figures

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  • Capacity: 16,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit)
  • Length overall: 396m
  • Beam: 53.6m
  • Draft: 16m
  • Reefer plugs: 1,200

In comparision

  • Longer than 4 football pitches or 5.5 Airbus A380 aircraft
  • Engine as powerful as 1,100 x 100hp cars
  • A 21-knot thrust equivalent to that of jet engines in 10 Airbus A380s (3,000kN)
  • Power production for a town of 16,000 inhabitants, equivalent to a dozen wind turbines (14MW)
  • 16,020 TEUs capacity, or 97km of containers end to end


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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.