The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) said on Thursday it will be making available one more reservation slot for neopanamax vessels, taking the daily allowed tally for the supersized vessels from six to seven.
ACP explained in a release that the move was a continuation of measures capitalising on the extra capacity available since the June 2016 launch of the Canal’s expanded third locks.
Neopanamax ships’ dimensions – 366-metre length, 49m beam, 15.2m draft and capacity to carry 14,000 teus of containerised cargo – are catered for by the Canal’s expansion.
The extra booking slot will be available for ships travelling north, which means from the Pacific side of the inter-oceanic waterway to the Atlantic side.
Slots have been on offer through a special competition which began on September 26. If there are no containerised takers for the additional slot it will be available to any vessel that participated in the competition.