Expanded Panama Canal welcomes its 500th neopanamax transit

The Panama Canal Authority announced that, less than six months after the inauguration of the Expanded Panama Canal, the waterway welcomed its 500th transit of a Neopanamax ship on Wednesday, highlighting the trust that Canal customers have placed in the route.

Performing the 500th transit was the container vessel YM Unity, which first began its passage through the Cocoli Locks in the Pacific and then headed north towards the Agua Clara Locks. Built in 2006, the YM Unity (of the Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation) measures 335.7 meters in length and 42.8 meters in beam and has a carrying capacity of 8,200 TEUs.

This transit marks a significant milestone for the Expanded Canal, which is experiencing a steady flow of traffic-including container ships, liquid petroleum gas (LPG) vessels, dry bulk carriers, vehicle carriers, crude product tankers and liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels, which is a new market segment for the Canal.

A number of major liners have rerouted their service to the Canal since the expansion opened for business to take advantage of the significant time savings the new waterway provides. As of this month, ten Neopanamax liner services are being deployed through the Panama Canal.

Source: Panama Canal Authority

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