Largest capacity vessel to-date transits Panama Canal’s expanded locks

On Tuesday the Panama Canal welcomed the largest capacity vessel to-date to transit its expanded locks, the Hapag-Lloyd’s Valparaiso Express.

The 10,589 TEU Neopanamax container ship was specifically built to take advantage of the greater capacity offered by the Expanded Panama Canal.

The passage ushers in a new era of mega-ships that are now able to transit the Expanded Canal since it’s inauguration on June 26 of this year. The new locks, which are 70 feet wider and 18 feet deeper than those in the original Canal, are able to accommodate Neopanamax vessels carrying up to 13,000 to 14,000 TEUS.

The container ship measures 333 meters in length and 48 meters in width, and is the first of five new vessels in Hapag Lloyd’s new 10,500 TEU class which are specifically being built to take advantage of the additional capacity the Expanded Canal affords. When the final four ships are completed in April 2017, all five will be able to transit the Expanded Canal.

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