The OOCL France now holds the mantle for the largest capacity vessel to transit the Expanded Canal since it was inaugurated in June 2016. The OOCL France containership, which measures 366.47 meters in length and 48.23 meters in beam with 13,926 total TEU allowance transited northbound from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. The previous record was set last month by COSCO Development, which measures 366.45 meters in length and 48.26 meters in beam and has a 13,345 TEU allowance.
To date, a total of 1,360 Neopanamax vessels have transited the Expanded Canal since it first opened. Of this total, containerships have represented approximately 43.8 percent of traffic, followed by liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, which represent approximately 29 and 8.1 percent, respectively.