Marseille - For the second time in less than a year, a containership operated by CMA CGM will set size records as the largest boxship to call at ports along the Atlantic Seaboard. The 16,022 TEU CMA CGM "Marco Polo" will set a total of seven North American big ship records in 11 days. The 1,300-foot long boxship is currently crossing the Atlantic due to make its first North American call in Halifax on May 17.
It will then proceed to the Port of New York and New Jersey (May 20), Port of Virginia (May 23), Port of Savannah (May 26), and finally the Port of Charleston (May 28). The vessel is being added to the line’s Columbus JAX service traveling from South Asia to the Atlantic Seaboard. The CMA CGM Marco Polo has a capacity approximately six percent larger (measured in TEU) compared to the "CMA CGM Brazil", which in September 2020 also claimed the title of the largest containership to call on North America's Eastern Seaboard.
The vessels, however, are significantly smaller than the largest containerships to call on the North America Pacific Coast and the new generation of ultra-large containerships, such as the "CGM CMA Jacques Saade" introduced in 2020 with a capacity of 23,000 TEU, which are operating between Asia and Europe. According to CMA CGM, the debut of "CMA CGM Marco Polo" is in response to the need for increased capacity on the route.(READ MORE)