CMA CGM Marco Polo

The World's largest containership

396 meters long / 16,000 TEUs


First impressions on navigation of Captain Velibor Krpan

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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.”


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.