Expanded Panama Canal Breaks 15,000 TEU Vessel Threshold

The Panama Canal completed a trial transit of Evergreen’s Triton, the largest ship by dimension and container cargo capacity to pass through the Expanded Canal since it opened in 2016. The Triton has a Total TEU Allowance (TTA) of 15,313, a 20-row beam of 51.2 meters and a length of 369 meters. It transited the canal northbound from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. “We … [Read more...]

Panama Canal Transits First Q-Flex LNG Carrier

The Panama Canal welcomed the largest liquefied natural gas tanker to ever transit the waterway over the weekend.  The tanker, Qatargas’ Al Safliya, transited the Expanded Panama Canal on Sunday, part of a northbound from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. At 315 meters in length, 50 meters in beam, and an overall cargo capacity of 210,000 squared meters, the Q-Flex LNG … [Read more...]

LNG Carrier Marks 6,000th Transit Through Expanded Panama Canal

The Panama Canal has welcomed the 6,000th Neopanamax vessel through the Expanded Canal with the transit of the LNG carrier Energy Liberty on voyage from the U.S. to Japan. The Panama Canal Authority says the milestone underscores the route’s ability to accommodate the highly-dynamic liquefied natural gas (LNG) segment, which first started using the waterway following the … [Read more...]

Brazilian Port Operators Seeking Ways to Reduce Panama Canal Tariffs

By Ana Mano SAO PAULO, April 2 (Reuters) - Brazilian port operators including units of global grain traders Cargill Ltd and Bunge Ltd will unveil a proposal this week to lower Panama Canal tariffs and cut their costs in shipping agricultural commodities to their main market China. They will argue that at current tariffs, shipping grains from Brazil's northern ports via … [Read more...]

Fatigued Tugboat Captains Flag Accident Risk in Expanded Panama Canal

By Elida Moreno PANAMA CITY, Dec 20 (Reuters) - In April last year, the 148-tonne tugboat Cerro Santiago collided with the U.S. Coast Guard vessel Tampa while passing through the Panama Canal after the captain of the tug fell asleep. No one was injured, but the repairs to the Tampa cost $170,000, said a report by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, a government … [Read more...]