Panama’s New Locks Host Second 14,000+ TEU Boxship in a Week


For the second time in one week, the Panama Canal’s expanded waterway welcomed a container vessel with a total TEU allowance (TTA) of 14,863.

The vessel CMA CGM J. Adams matched the capacity of the CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt, which established a new record as the largest capacity container vessel on August 22 with the same mark of 14,863 TTA.

“Both transits over a period of seven days are further evidence of the impact of the Expanded Panama Canal to world maritime trade,” Jorge L. Quijano, Panama Canal Administrator, said.

The two ships are deployed on the new OCEAN Alliance’s weekly South Atlantic Express (SAX) service, which connects Asia and US East Coast ports via the Panama Canal.

The SAX service is composed of 11 vessels ranging in size from 11,000 to 14,000 TEUs, including vessels which also transited the expanded Canal earlier in May becoming the largest capacity ships to do so at the time.

Image Courtesy: Panama Canal

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