Built by DSME (Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering) in South Korea, the giant 16,000 teu capacity vessel, 396 m long, 54 m wide, with a draft of 16 m sails under the UK flag.
The 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.
Operated on the Group’s French Asia Line (FAL 1), the Marco Polo will call at Ningbo, Shanghai, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Chiwan, Yantian, Port Kelang, Tanger, Southampton, Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Rotterdam, Zeebrugge, Le Havre, Malta, Khor Al Fakkan, Jebel Ali and arriving back at Ningbo January 23, 2013.
In line with the sustainable development policy of the Group, the Marco Polo is equipped with all the latest environmental technologies:
• An electronically controlled engine allowing a significantly reduced consumption of fuel (-3% on average) and lube oil (-25%)
• A twisted leading edge rudder improving the hydrodynamics of the vessel (optimisation of the water flow), and significantly reducing energy expenditures as well as CO2 emissions
• A Pre-Swirl Stator® allowing the straightening up of the water flow upstream from the propeller in order to improve its productivity. Combined with the twisted leading edge rudder, this innovation optimises the hydrodynamics of the vessel and makes it possible to reduce by 2% to 4% the consumption of energy and the atmospheric emissions
• An “Exhaust Gas Bypass” system, which improves the energetic efficiency of the vessel, reducing the fuel consumption by 1.5% at low speeds.
• An optimised hull design allowing to sensibly improve the propulsion of the vessel into the water
• A ballast water treatment system, in order to preserve the biodiversity of the oceans by not rejecting chemicals into seawater