News ID: 72937 |
Publish Date: 15:59 - 11 March 2017

Panama Canal Sets New Daily Tonnage Record

The Panama Canal set a new daily tonnage record in February 2017 of 1.18m Panama Canal tonnes (PC/UMS) with a total of 1,180 vessels through both the expanded and original locks.

Panama Canal Sets New Daily Tonnage Record
According to MANA, the previous record was established in January 2017 when the canal recorded a daily tonnage average of 1.16 PC/UMS.
February is the third-consecutive record-breaking month for the Panama Canal. In December 2016 and January 2017, the waterway set monthly tonnage records after transiting 35.4m PC/UMS and 36.1m PC/UMS, respectfully. 
Eight months since the inauguration [of the new locks], approximately 850 neo-panamax vessels have transited the new locks, and 53% of containerised cargo transiting the waterway is using the expanded canal. 
And in April 2017, the first neo-panamax cruise ship, capable of carrying up to 4,000 passengers, will transit the new locks.
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