Panama Canal increases neopanamax slots to eight per day

Panama Canal increases neopanamax slots to eight per day

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has added an extra reservation slot to its neopanamax locks, making the total eight per day.

ACP says it is making the addition because of increased demand for the bigger ships to transit the waterway.

The new third locks were opened in June 2016 after a multi billion-dollar expansion project to allow the Canal to accommodate new generations of very large vessels.

This announcement comes after last month’s decision by ACP to increase the maximum beam (width) for ships from 49 metres to 51.25 metres.

Donal Scully

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