A total of 69 Neo-panamax vessels have passed through the expanded Panama Canal since its inauguration on June 26, the Panama Canal Authority.
Of the 69 vessels to use the new locks, there were 40 container ships, 24 LPG carriers, three vehicle carriers and two LNG carriers, the ACP said. As of August 2, the ACP said it had received 250 reservations and counting for the expanded canal, of which seven were for cruise ships.
“Major liners have re-routed service to the Panama Canal to take advantage of the significant time savings the waterway provides,” the ACP said.
Shipping liners Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping announced last month that they are re-routing their Asia to US East Coast service to the Panama Canal.
Meanwhile, canal operational testing and training remains a priority amid media reports of some vessels facing difficulties while transiting the waterway.
ACP CEO Jorge L. Quijano last week clarified via various media reports that there has only been one official incident in the new locks. Chinese COCSO Shipping’s 8,500 TEU containership had hit one of the walls at Agua Clara Locks on July 21, causing a gash in the ship’s hull.