By Elida Moreno
The container shipping company Evergreen Triton became the largest vessel capacity and size to transit the Panama Canal expansion since the opening of the locks in neopanamax 2016.
The boat made the lockage from the Atlantic to Pacific 15,313 TEUs or containers 20 board feet, a record of the total load allowed by the waterway, the Panama Canal Authority reported (ACP).
Transit of the ship that measures 51.2 meters wide (width) Y 369 meters in length (long) was possible thanks to the increased maximum permitted sleeve for ships using the locks neopanamax, According to the Administrator Jorge Quijano.
With this new record, "... a new era for container is marked on the expanded Canal", Quijano said.
He added that the Canal seeks every opportunity to ensure "additional capacity" efficiently and safely for users who increasingly use larger vessels to move the load.
"The transition from Triton surpassed the 15,000 TEUs setting a record in terms of maximum container capacity for the Panama Canal ", he stressed.
From June 2018, Channel rose sleeve 49 meters 51.25 meters to add capacity to seaway, a decision that considered the training and experience gained by the team caring ships during the operation of the neopanamax locks reaching almost three years.
This decision, coupled with the close cooperation with the customer, also contributed to the waterway could receive the transit of ships ever larger, although if the maximum length exceeds Triton established 366 meters from the locks neopanamax.
The International Trade Specialist Panama Canal, Argelis Moreno said the seaway through which circulates around the 5% world trade, It is ready for more similar transits in the future because "line services continue redirecting container ships and cargo vessels consolidating larger".
The container segment represents about half of the businesses that moves the Panama Canal, although the movement of gases, especially liquefied natural gas vessels has taken an unexpected boom as a result of increased demand from Asia for use in the production of clean energy.
"We are excited about the opportunities the test traffic Triton", Quijano said the manager.
Of the 6,000 neopanamax ships transited the expanded Canal to date, near to 50% They are container.
The container Triton is located within the service Evergreen Far East - East Coast of the United States (AUE) as part of the Ocean Alliance, connecting the ports of Asia and the East Coast of the United States through Panama Canal.
The AUE service is composed of 11 ships ranging in size, since 8,000 until 14,000 HP's, Alliance includes China COSCO Shipping, Orient Overseas Container Lines (OOCL), CMA CGM Group y Evergreen, which they are among the main customers by volume Panama Canal.
The record for the longest container ship to transit the Canal capacity was established 22 August 2017, CMA CGM by Theodore Roosevelt, what does it measure 365.96 meters long and 48.252 meters wide and a total TEUs allowed in the Panama Canal 14,863.