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May 30, 2017

Panama Canal sets new largest ship record

Less than a month after the previous record was set, the Panama Canal welcomed the Neopanamax container vessel OOCL France, making it the largest capacity vessel to transit the Expanded Canal since it was inaugurated in June 2016.

The OOCL France containership - which measures 366.47 meters in length and 48.23 meters in beam with 13,926 total TEU allowance (TTA) - transited northbound from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean.

"This trend towards the transit of 13,000 TEU or greater vessels demonstrates the acceptance and trust that the shipping industry has with the service provided by the Expanded Canal," Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano said.

The previous record was set on May 2 by the COSCO Development containership, which measures 366.45 meters in length and 48.26 meters in beam and has a 13,345 TTA.

Source: Panama Canal