The 16,020 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units) capacity vessel was welcomed by DP World officials and a commemorative plaque marking the occasion was presented by Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World, UAE Region, to Captain Igor Sikic, representing the French shipping line owner CMA CGM.
Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World, UAE Region, said:
“We are delighted to welcome the Marco Polo to Jebel Ali. The vessel’s arrival heralds a new era of mega container liners. We stand ready to serve these giants and the even larger vessels currently under construction. Already today Jebel Ali Port is handling an average per week of three ultra-large container ships (ULCS) with a capacity of 14,000 TEU and above, and we anticipate that number will increase steadily in coming years.”