Since the opening of Panama’s expanded Canal on June 26, 2016, the new locks have had a positive effect on the global economy. The Canal, expanded 20 months after its opening, reached today the transit of 3,000 Neopanamax ships, this reaffirms the impact that the interoceanic highway has had on world maritime trade.
The “MSC Caterina”, Panamanian flag neopanamax ship, became number 3 thousand to pass through the third set of locks since its inauguration, on June 26, 2016. MSC Caterina is a frequent client of the Canal, since this is the fourteenth time that he has transited the extended way. The first was in November 2016.
The administrator of the Panama Canal, Jorge Luis Quijano said: “Today we overcome a new challenge based on the talent of the human team of the Panama Canal, which is committed to improving every day the service we offer our customers and generating greater benefits for our country.”
53% of the Neopanamax vessels that have transited through the expanded Canal correspond to the container ship segment, followed by 28% of the liquefied petroleum gas type and another 10% of liquefied natural gas. Other vessels that use the new locks are dry and liquid bulk carriers, carrier vehicles and passengers.
The mark of one thousand transits was reached on March 19, 2017, by the MSC Anzu, and the two thousand was registered on September 26 with the Cosco Yantian.