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Panama Ports Company SA (PPC) received its first ever post-Panamax maiden vessel call with the arrival of the Maersk Seletar at the Port of Balboa on June 15, 2007. The 6,500 teu container ship is one of five mega-vessels deployed by Maersk to upgrade its Asia Central America (AC2) service.

Balboa receives first mega-vessel

The line-haul route follows a port rotation of Yantian, Hong Kong, Gwangyang and Lazaro Cardenas, calling at the Port of Balboa every week.

Alejandro Kouruklis, general manager of PPC, commented: “The launch of post-Panamax vessels in the AC2 service marks a new era of operations for PPC. We are confident that the high levels of professionalism and efficiency demonstrated by our staff in handling such vessels of scale [will help] PPC attract more new line-haul services with vessels of equal or greater capacity in the future.”

Currently equipped with 14 modern quay cranes, the Port of Balboa has a quay length of 1,170 m and is capable of handling one post-Panamax, two Panamax and one feeder vessel simultaneously. Following the completion of its Phase IV Expansion Project, the Port will gain an additional 420 m of quay and will receive eight new quay cranes, further enhancing its ability to service the growing number of mega-vessels.