Panama Canal receives largest container ship to date

Panama Canal receives largest container ship to date
The vessel at the Cocoli locks

The Panama Canal has completed a trial transit of Evergreen’s Triton, a Neopanamax container vessel with a capacity of 15,313 teu, making it the largest to pass through the expanded canal since it opened in June 2016.

In July 2018, the canal increased the maximum allowable beam for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks from 49 m to 51.25 m, citing its operation team’s training and experience since the opening.

The Triton has a 20-row beam of 51.2 m and a length of 369 m, exceeding the waterway’s established maximum vessel length of 366 m.

Argelis Moreno de Ducreux, senior international trade specialist at the Panama canal, stated: “We look forward to collaborating on similar opportunities in the future as liners continue to reroute services and consolidate cargo on larger vessels.”

The ship is deployed on Evergreen’s Far East – United States East Coast (AUE) service as part of the Ocean Alliance network, which connects Asia and US East Coast ports via the Panama Canal.

Panama Canal administrator Jorge L. Quijano said: “We are excited about the opportunities enabled by the Triton’s trial transit.

“Our team continues to offer the additional capacity, and deliver on our promise to provide unparalleled safe and efficient service to our customers.”

The previous record for the largest containership to transit the canal was set in August 2017 by the CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt, which measures 365.96 m in length and 48.252 m in beam with a capacity of 14,863 teu.

Of the 6,000 Neopanamax vessels that have transited to date, nearly 50% have been from the container segment.