CMA CGM Marco Polo Makes Maiden Call at Laem Chabang Port

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CMA CGM Marco Polo

After setting the record as the largest containership that called on North America’s east coast in May, the 16,022-TEU CMA CGM Marco Polo made her maiden call at the Port of Laem Chabang in Thailand on 29 June. The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, also announced that the vessel is its largest containership to be deployed in Thailand.

Mr. Benoit de Quillacq, Managing Director of CMA CGM Thailand

Mr. Benoit de Quillacq, Managing Director of CMA CGM Thailand, said, “The milestone marks the delivery of our promise to provide BETTER WAYS of serving or shippers and keeping their supply chains moving. CMA CGM Marco Polo is the first of three upsized vessels to be calling at Laem Chabang. In addition, the phasing-in of the larger 16.022-TEU vessels on the Columbus JAX service serves as timely with Thai exporters ramping up for the upcoming peak season in shipping to North America.” 

“The Columbus JAX service provides larger capacity for export cargo from Thailand bound to the US West Coast.  As a weekly direct service, Columbus JAX also offers customers a competitive transit time. As part of the service, CMA CGM’s maiden call at Laem Chabang Port reaffirmed our commitment to drive the Thai and global supply chain forward by supporting the Thai market with more capacity and empty containers during the global container and capacity shortage,” said Mr. Poomsit Chitamara, Commercial Director for CMA CGM Thailand.

Joining CMA CGM in receiving the vessel at the Laem Chabang port were Mr. Veerachart Puttharaks, Director Office of Operation, Laem Chabang Port, Mr. Hubert Colaris, Economic Counsellor from the French Embassy in Bangkok, and Dubai Deputy Head of Mission, Sultan Obaid Sultan.

On 1 July, the 1,300-feet long CMA CGM Marco Polo departed Laem Chabang laden with 3,467 TEUs of Thai exports comprising household goods, electronics, and automotive parts. She will make a port stop at Vung Tau, Vietnam, before heading for Los Angeles in North America. 

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