China COSCO Shipping has won the drawing for its container vessel “Andronikos” to make the ceremonial first transit through the expanded Panama Canal during the inauguration ceremony on June 26. The vessel has a maximum capacity of 9,400 TEUs, is 48.25 meters in beam, and 299.98 meters in length.
Also participating in the draw was the Norwegian/Swedish shipping line Wallenius Wilhemsen Lines (WWL) with its car carrier “Thalatta”. The vessel has a maximum capacity of 8,000 CEUs (car equivalent units), is 36.5 meters in beam, and 199.97 meters in length.
The classification for a Neopanamax vessel, are a dimension are over 966 feet in length or over 107 feet in beam. The chamber dimensions of the new locks at the Panama Canal measure 1,400 feet (427m) long, 180 feet (55m) wide and 60 feet (18.3m) deep, corresponding to maximum vessel dimensions of 1,200 feet (366m) LOA 366, 160.7 feet (49m) in beam, and 49.8 feet (15.2m) in tropical freshwater (TFW) draft.
“It is a great honor to have one of our top customers celebrate this historical moment with us,” said Panama Canal Administrator, Jorge L. Quijano. “We are excited and prepared to continue providing the same reliable and efficient service within the expanded Panama Canal that our customers have come to expect through the years.”