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.