Panama Canal notches 3,000th crossing by neopanamax vessels

The Panama Canal has hit another milestone since the June 2016 inauguration of its expanded third locks with the logging of the 3,000th transit of the 50-mile waterway by a neopanamax ship.

MSC containership  MSC Caterina was the vessel in question, making the northbound crossing from the Pacific side to the Atlantic side.

Reaching the 3,000-ship mark in less than two years since completion of the $5.3bn expansion project has surpassed the expectations of canal authorities.

The expansion project was done so that the canal could accommodate the newer generation of commercial vessels.

The 2,000-neopanamax marker was passed in September 2017.


Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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