The opening of the new locks for the Panama Canal is impacting shipping. Recently, the 4,000th ship passed through the new locks that opened a little over 2 years ago.
The old locks allowed a Panamax ship to pass through the locks. A Panamax ship has a maximum Dead Weight Tonnage (DWT) of 52,500. The new locks allow a Neopanamax ship to pass through with a maximum DWT of 120,000.
Many container ships, and LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) tankers could not fit through the old locks. The new locks will allow Neopanamax ships to save considerable time and fuel by using the Panama Canal.
Video Spotlight: LNG tanker registers 4000th Neopanamax transit through Panama Canal
This post is based on the editorial post at Port Technology.org, 4,000th Vessel Passes through New Panama Canal, July 31, 2018; and the YouTube video, LNG tanker registers 4000th Neopanamax transit through Panama Canal, by Panama Canal, July 30, 2018. Image source: Lissa Harrison.
1. How are the new locks impacting shipping?
Guidance: Take a look at a world map and you can quickly see the important of the Panama Canal. Continue reading