Panama Canal sees biggest vessel yet to make transit since locks expansion

The Panama Canal has received its largest vessel yet since completion of its expanded locks last June.

Neopanamax container ship, the Hong Kong-flagged, Seaspan-owned Cosco Development, completed transit of the inter-oceanic waterway on Tuesday on its journey from Asia to ports on the US east coast (Virginia, Charleston and Savannah), which it should arrive at next week.

Its 366 m length, 48.2 m beam and 13,092 teu container capacity make it the biggest yet to make the transit.

The Cosco Development surpasses Cosco Shipping Panama (which made the inaugural transit of the expanded Canal back in June) by 66 m in length, seven millimetres in width and by 41% in cargo carried.

Since the June 2016 inauguration of the Canal’s third locks, the canal has had more than 1,200 neopanamax ships travel through it.

Cosco Development is deployed on the new Ocean Alliance’s weekly South Atlantic Express service.

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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