Christmas container ship arrives

The world’s largest container ship arrives in Southampton on maiden call carrying thousands of Christmas presents.

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Meet the Captain of world's biggest container ship

It's as long as four football pitches and produces enough power to supply a small town. The world's largest container ship has visited Southampton on its maiden call to Britain.

The Marco Polo was packed full of Christmas presents from the Far East that will be distributed across the UK. Andrew Pate has been onboard.

What's in the Christmas crates?

Onboard the Marco Polo Credit: Andrew Pate

This is the multi-storey cargo of the the Marco Polo, the world’s largest container vessel, that has arrived in Southampton from China.

The ship holds up to an incredible 16,000 containers but Captain Velibor Krpan says he has no idea what's in them. He guesses they are full of toys and bikes.

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World's largest container has bumper Christmas load

The world's largest container ship docks at Southampton. Credit: DP World

Southampton Port has marked a milestone delivery with the arrival of the world’s largest container vessel, the CMA CGM Marco Polo.

Commissioned last month, the vessel has a capacity of 16,020 TEU (twenty foot-equivalent units), is 54m wide and 396m long, making it 51m larger than the Queen Mary 2.

Chris Lewis, managing director, DP World Southampton, said "With the container industry changing, these new giants of the sea will soon be regulars at the terminal and we are ready and waiting with a highly motivated workforce whose ‘can-do’ culture is inspirational."

It's thought that among the ships cargo are tonnes of Christmas products, ready for shop shelves.

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