The worlds biggest container ship leaves UK

On its first visit to Europe, the 54m wide and 396m long Marco Polo will mostly carry consumer goods for delivery to shops for Christmas
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The Marco Polo, the world's biggest container ship, leaves Southampton docks on December 10, 2012 in England. On its first visit to Europe, the 54m (177ft) wide and 396m (1299ft) long container ship - which is 51m (167ft) longer than the Queen Mary II - will mostly carry consumer goods for delivery to shops for Christmas. (Getty Images)
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The Marco Polo, the world's biggest container ship, towers over the Braemar cruise liner as she leaves Southampton docks on December 10, 2012 in England. On its first visit to Europe, the 54m (177ft) wide and 396m (1299ft) long container ship - which is 51m (167ft) longer than the Queen Mary II - will mostly carry consumer goods for delivery to shops for Christmas. (Getty Images)
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People watch from the jetty at Hythe Marina as The Marco Polo, the world's biggest container ship, leaves Southampton docks on December 10, 2012 in England. On its first visit to Europe, the 54m (177ft) wide and 396m (1299ft) long container ship - which is 51m (167ft) longer than the Queen Mary II - will mostly carry consumer goods for delivery to shops for Christmas. (Getty Images)
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People watch from the jetty at Hythe Marina as The Marco Polo, the world's biggest container ship, leaves Southampton docks on December 10, 2012 in England. On its first visit to Europe, the 54m (177ft) wide and 396m (1299ft) long container ship - which is 51m (167ft) longer than the Queen Mary II - will mostly carry consumer goods for delivery to shops for Christmas. (Getty Images)
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People walk on a pier at Hythe as The Marco Polo, the world's biggest container ship, leaves Southampton on December 10, 2012 in England. On its first visit to Europe, the 54m (177ft) wide and 396m (1299ft) long container ship - which is 51m (167ft) longer than the Queen Mary II - will mostly carry consumer goods for delivery to shops for Christmas. (Getty Images)
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A man walks near the Marco Polo, the world's biggest container ship, at Southampton docks on December 10, 2012 in England. On its first visit to Europe, the 54m (177ft) wide and 396m (1299ft) long container ship - which is 51m (167ft) longer than the Queen Mary II - will mostly carry consumer goods for delivery to shops for Christmas. (Getty Images)
Tue 11 Dec 2012 11:29 AM