Biggest Container Ship of the World expected in Hamburg

CMA-CGM-Marco-Polo expected in Hamburg

On Wednesday in the early morning hours at 2:30, CMA CGM MARCO POLO, the biggest container ship of the world, will enter the port of Hamburg.

It is the first time that a container ship of this class with the 16 000 TEU capacity comes into the port, and a challenge for the pilots navigating through Elbe river.

 Built in Korea, owned by CMA CGM, the Marco Polo sails under the UK flag. She is now running on the French Asia Line (FAL) between Europe and the Far East.

 he Marco Polo has begun its first voyage on November 7 in Ningbo, China. The vessel then called at Shanghai, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Chiwan, Yantian, Port Kelang, Tanger and Southampton (10. 12.), before coming to Hamburg on December 12.

From Hamburg, the Marco Polo will continue to Bremerhaven (14. 12.), Rotterdam (16. 12.), Zeebrugge (17. 12.), Le Havre (19. 12.), Malta (26. 12.), Khor Al Fakkan (5.1.), Jebel Ali (7.1.) and back to Ningbo (23.1.).

Technical Data:

  • Capacity: 16,020 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

(Source CMA CGM)