A vessel 400m in length and able to carry up to 16,000 containers is a business in itself. On board, 27 crew members (including 2 officer cadets) keep this giant of the seas up and running. The Captain of the CMA CGM MARCO POLO, Velibor Krpan, 44, talked to us about his career and what it’s like navigating this vessel.
“I started at the age of 22 as a cadet on Croatia Lines’ vessels, a company based in Rijeka. In 1999, I worked for a German owner and then joined the CMA CGM Group in 2002 on the 350 teu CMA CGM ORAN. At the time I never dreamt that one day I would become Captain of the world’s largest containership!
There’s really not much difference with the previous vessel I commanded, the CMA CGM CORTE REAL (13,800 TEUs), despite the extra 31 metres in length. Longer and wider than any other vessel in the fleet, it does however require much closer attention during berthing and unberthing procedures. Regards navigation, fundamentally it is no different but you have to adapt quickly to the new technologies on board.”