CMA CGM MARCO POLO Calls at Terminal de France
The CMA CGM Group announces that the CMA CGM MARCO POLO, the world’s largest containership, calls today, Wednesday 19th December, at the Terminal de France in Le Havre, France.
With the presence on board of Mr. Nicolas Sartini, CMA CGM Group Senior Vice President Asia-Europe Lines, and of Ludovic Gérard, deputy general manager CMA Ships.
Symbol of the pioneer spirit of the CMA CGM Group inspired by Jacques R. Saadé, the new 16 000 TEU vessel, owned by CMA CGM, sails under the UK flag.
Built by DSME (Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering) in South Korea, the giant of the seas displays exceptional dimensions: 396 meters long, 54 meters wide, with a draft of 16 meters.
The CMA CGM MARCO POLO is the first of a series of three 16 000 TEU vessels, that will all be named after great explorers. The delivery of the two next vessels is expected in 2013.
Nicolas Sartini, CMA CGM Group Senior Vice President Asia-Europe Lines, declares:
“It is with great pride that the CMA CGM Group launches this new vessel, which is the largest in the world. It shows the expertise of the Group’s teams, who are able to handle not only the very technical piloting of the ship but also its commercial operations. Our entire network of 400 agencies all around the world is active to ensure the successful launching of this ship. The CMA CGM Marco Polo is going to join the FAL service, the backbone of the Group’s network of lines. This launching reinforces the Group’s strategy, which began 20 years ago, with the opening of its own offices in China, and continues today with 34 services going from China to Europe, to North and South America, to Australia and Africa, i.e. one departure every 5 hours. To this must also be added the 20 weekly services of our subsidiary Cheng Lie Navigation, the Intra-Asia specialist.”
CMA CGM, December 19, 2012