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Neopanamax makes history with first transit through expanded Panama Canal locks

The Panama Canal’s contracted vessel transited the new Atlantic-facing Agua Clara Locks yesterday. These transits, performed by the neopanamax dry bulk carrier Baroque, are part of a series of training events occurring in the run-up to the expanded canal’s June 26 inauguration.

The vessel, which arrived in Panama this week, has a length of 255 m and a beam of 43 m, and was contracted by the Panama Canal to perform multiple lockages through the expanded locks for testing and training purposes.

Jorge Quijano, administrator of the Panama Canal Authority, gave a wide ranging interview carried on Splash in which he highlighted how individual ship sectors could change once the expanded canal goes operational. The interview can be accessed here.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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