CMA CGM Marco Polo Becomes Largest Container Ship To Visit Port Of Virginia | Economic news
Virginia Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine delivers remarks as the CMA CGM Marco Polo is docked in the distance on Monday, May 24, 2021 aboard the American Rover in Norfolk, Virginia. The arrival of the CMA CGM Marco Polo, a freighter which, to date, is the largest ship to come to the US East Coast and the Port of Virginia. The largest container ship to ever come to the U.S. east coast, the CMA CGM Marco Polo, arrived at the Port of Virginia on Sunday, setting a new record for the largest container ship to date to arrive in Virginia. The vessel, owned by international shipping and logistics company CMA CGM, has a capacity of 16,022 20-foot equivalent units, or TEUs, which is roughly equivalent to 8,000 40-foot freight trailers. The ship’s arrival at the Port of Virginia eclipses a record set last month by a container ship with a capacity of 15,072 TEUs. The Port of Virginia recently completed about $ 800 million in infrastructure upgrades to accommodate ships such as the Marco Polo. Based in France, CMA CGM serves 19 American ports with around 93 weekly calls. The Marco Polo sails on the company’s Columbus JAX service, traveling from South Asia to the east coast of the United States.