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.