Virginia International Gateway Welcomes Largest Container Ship to Visit U.S. East Coast

May 25, 2021

NORFOLK, VA – The CMA CGM Marco Polo, the largest container ship to ever visit the U.S. East Coast, has called at Virginia International Gateway and set a new record for the largest container ship to date to dock in Norfolk, Virginia. The 1,300 foot-ling vessel’s capacity is 16,022 twenty-foot equivalent units, or TEUs.

“The $800 million that has been invested to expand and modernize our port enhances our ability to safely and efficiently handle vessels of this size, and bigger, and their increasing cargo loads,” said Stephen A. Edwards, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority.

“Breaking the East Coast’s big-ship record wouldn’t be possible without timely infrastructure investments that enable us to proactively serve our customers,” said Ed Aldridge, president of CMA CGM and APL North America.