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China COSCO’s Vessel to be the First to Sail the Expanded Panama Canal

China COSCO’s Vessel to be the First to Sail the Expanded Panama Canal
Danny Gill

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.

Jorge L. Quijano, Panama Canal Administrator, holds up the two winning chips from the drawing. Photo credit: Panama Canal Authority

Jorge L. Quijano, Panama Canal Administrator, holds up the two winning chips from the drawing.  Photo credit: Panama Canal Authority

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.”

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Danny Gill

Danny is currently a Contributing Writer for Airfreight Logistics and Logistics Manager (LM) and is quite the foodie. He’s always on the hunt for new and exciting dishes to sample, and is never one to back down from a spicy challenge. His travels have taken him around the world, and he’s been able to experience many different cultures (and food).

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