BV classes world's largest containership

MarcoPolo BVNOVEMBER 14, 2012 — Bureau Veritas has classed the 16,000 TEU CMA CGM Marco Polo, currently the largest containership in the world. Built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering in South Korea for French operator CMA-CGM, the ship  is the first in a series of three 16,000 TEU vessels which will each be named after great explorers. Delivery of the other two vessels in the series is expected in 2013.

The CGM Marco Polo - 396 m long and 54 m wide with a draft of 16 m - is equipped with the latest cutting-edge environmental technology.

Its Wartsila14RT-flex96C engine is electronically controlled, allowing for significantly reduced consumption of fuel (-3 per cent, on average) and of lub oil (-25 per cent). A twisted leading edge rudder improves the hydrodynamics of the vessel by optimizing water flow and significantly reducing energy expenditure as well as CO2 emissions. A pre-swirl stator facilitates the alignment of water flow upstream from the propeller in order to improve productivity. These innovative features make it possible to reduce by between two and four per cent the consumption of energy and atmospheric emissions.

The CGM Marco Polo also features an exhaust gas bypass system which improves its energy efficiency, reducing fuel consumption by 1.5 per cent at low speeds. An optimized hull design also results in significantly improved propulsion through the water, while a ballast water treatment system preserves environmental biodiversity by preventing the release of chemicals into the sea.

BV has carried out extensive calculations of the dynamic structural response of the vessel at sea, taking into account whipping and springing, resulting in the granting of its WhiSP2 notation.

Main Class Symbols: I Hull   Mach
Service Notations:
Container ship
WhiSp2
Navigation Notations: Unrestricted navigation
Additional Class Notation(s):












VeriSTAR-HULL
AUT-UMS (SS)
AUT-PORT (SS)
MON-SHAFT
GREEN PASSPORT
BWE
BWT
CLEANSHIP
ALP (SS)
FORS-NS
INWATERSURVEY
LASHING
SDS
Machinery:
MACH
Equipment: 2(Ch 132 Q3)

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