The Panama Canal has handled the largest vessel to transit its expanded locks – a container ship with a capacity of 14,885 teu.
The Neo-Panamax vessel, the CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt, measures 365.9 m in length and 48.2 m in beam.
The ship is 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 teu.
The vessel began its voyage in Shanghai and will soon call on ports along the U.S. East Coast including Norfolk, Savannah, and Charleston, following investments made to accommodate the larger vessels now able to transit the Expanded Canal.
For this voyage, it will also call at the Port of New York and New Jersey, which recently completed a four year, US$1.6bn project to raise the Bayonne Bridge to 215 ft.
The move will allow the nation’s third-largest port for the first time to accept ships larger than 9,500 teu to reach three of its four main terminals.
For the 2018 fiscal year, which begins on October 1, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is projected to accommodate approximately 13,000 vessels, including 2,335 Neo-Panamax vessels.