CMA CGM Marco Polo

The World's largest containership

396 meters long / 16,000 TEUs


Meet with CMA CGM Marco Polo Chief Engineer, Ante Pezelj

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At 43 and head of a team of ten (5 engineer officers, 4 marine engineers and 1 cadet), Chief Engineer, Ante Pezelj is now in charge of an engine of nearly 110,000hp.

It is a great honour to be working on the biggest and most powerful engine ever built. The mechanics on the Group’s vessels is of a very high level! Electronically controlled to optimise fuel consumption and load power, it is specially designed for slow-steaming. The reduction in fuel consumption is significant (-3% on average). The engine is also fitted with a system to optimise the combustion and engine settings at low load. To master all these technologies, I had to do some specific training courses before embarking: a course on Wartsila electronic engines, a high voltage course, as the electrical switchboard is 6,600V, and another on Resources Management (managing technical and human resources).


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.