World’s Largest Container Ship at 396m Long
Arrives in Britain on Maiden Call Carrying Thousands of Christmas Presents
There was no
mistaking who ruled the waves today, as the world's largest container
ship pulled into Southampton with thousands of Christmas presents
metres long or the size of four professional football pitches
the CMA CGM Marco Polo made its maiden call to Britain packed
full of goods from the Far East that will be distributed across
within the stacks of anonymous steel containers is anything and
everything from televisions to soft furnishings and power tools
The scope of
the biggest man-made object to have ever moved across the planet
is hard to comprehend: she is longer than the superliner Queen Mary
2 and more than five times longer than an Airbus A380..
her cargo, this true monster of the seas will set sail again tomorrow
afternoon, this time bound for Hamburg, Germany.
CMA CGM Group's senior vice-president of Asia-Europe Lines, said
the company launched the ship 'with great pride'.
managing director of DP World Southampton, which operates the terminal,
said today marked 'the latest milestone' in the terminal's history.
He added: 'With
the container industry changing, these new giants of the sea will
soon be regulars at the terminal.'
is the first of the next generation of super-vessels destined to
keep the wheels of international trade turning.
flagship, the mighty 151,000-ton Queen Mary 2, a familiar sight
in Southampton, would be dwarfed by the giant container ship.
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