The Largest Container Ship in the World: CMA CGM Marco Polo (VIDEO)

On the 6th of November 2012, the CMA CGM Marco Polo became the largest container ship in the World. This mammoth vessel has the capacity to carry 16,020 TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit containers). Previously, the largest ship was the Emma Maersk with the carrying capacity of 10,000 TEU.

General characteristics

Type: Container ship
Tonnage: 175,343 GT ; 85,361 NT ; 187,625 DWT
Length: 396.0 m (1,299 ft 3 in)
Beam: 53.6 m (175 ft 10 in)
Draught: 16.0 m (52 ft 6 in)
Depth: 29.9 m (98 ft 1 in) (deck edge to keel)
Propulsion: Single shaft, fixed-pitch propeller
Speed: 25.1 knots (46.5 km/h; 28.9 mph)
Capacity: 16,020 TEU

Although the CMA CGM Marco Polo can claim the rights to the largest container ship in the world, this title will be short lived. Maersk is due to launch the Triple-E Class, which is a family of container ships with the capacity to carry 18,000 TEU. Maersk is due to take delivery of the first Triple-E Class container ship in July 2013.

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