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Editor in chief: Angelo Scorza
06/08/18 10:46

Four thousand Neopanamax have passed by

The Greek LNG tanker Maria Energy was the 4,000th to transit through the Expanded Panama Canal

It was the Greek LNG tanker Maria Energy the 4,000th Neopanamax vessel to pass through the Expanded Panama Canal, southbound from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, on July 29th, having beenloaded in Cheniere Energy's Sabine Pass LNG export facility in Louisiana, U.S.

MSC Anzu became the 1,000th transit on 19 March  2017; COSCO Yantian was the 2,000th transit on 26 September 2017 and MSC Caterina registered the 3,000th transit on 2 March 2018.

Roughly half out of the 4,000 vessels that have transited to date were containerships; LPG carriers were over a quarter and LNG carriers one tenth, with dry and liquid bulk carriers, car carriers and cruiseships makin the left 15%.

The waterway regularly transits 2 LNG vessels the same direction in the same day and demonstrated the ability to transit 3 vessels the same day in the same direction during high peaks.
The Panama Canal announced in June that it will be lifting natural daylight restrictions for LNG transits on October 1st to offer added capacity to shipping lines. By lifting encounter restrictions, LNG vessels will also be able to navigate Gatun Lake at the same time, allowing 2 LNG vessels to transit the Canal the same day in two different directions.