The previous record was set in December 2016, when 1,166 ships transited the waterway reaching a total of 35.4 million PC/UMS, MANA correspondent reported.
“This increase reiterates the importance of the Expanded Canal, and it’s further proof of the maritime industry’s continued confidence in the Panama Canal and the impact it will have on the future of global trade,” said the Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano.
Before the inauguration of the expanded canal on June 26, 2016, the monthly tonnage record was 30.4 million PC/UMS, which was set in October 2014.
Seven months after the beginning of operations, the expanded canal has transited more than 750 Neopanamax vessels – more than 50 percent of which were containerships. In addition, the expanded canal has accommodated liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels, as well as bulk carriers, tankers and vehicle carriers.
What is more, in April 2017, the expanded canal is scheduled to welcome the passage of the first Neopanamax cruise ship. Neopanamax passenger vessels are capable of transporting up to 4,000 passengers.