Bureau Veritas classes the world’s largest containership

20/11/12

Bureau Veritas has classed the largest containership in the world, the CGM Marco Polo.

Built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea for French operator CMA-CGM, the CGM Marco Polo is the first in a series of three vessels which will each be named after great explorers. Delivery of the other two vessels in the series is expected in 2013.

At nearly 400 metres long and over 50 metres wide, each vessel represents 16,000 teu (twenty foot equivalent units), around 8% larger than the next largest class .

Bureau Veritas carried out extensive calculations of the dynamic structural response of the CGM Marco Polo at sea, taking into account whipping and springing, resulting in the granting of its WhiSP2 notation.

Ship classification – verifying the conformity of ships and their equipment to specified rules and standards – represents a key activity for Bureau Veritas. At 30 September 2012, the Group’s Marine  business, which also includes conformity certification services on behalf of flag administrations or relating to health, safety and environment, represented 8% of Group revenue. 


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