The expanded Panama Canal has performed way above what was expected since its inception.
New liner services incorporated:
It has gained 15 new liner services; transited six Neo-Panamaxes (after an initial forecast of “two to three” in the first year), and has had more than five liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels a week transiting the canal (beating the original estimate of “one a week”).
More trade opportunities:
US press reports also point to the canal expansion spinning off more business for US east coast ports, which are still in the process of deepening port access channels to be able to accommodate the larger containerships now able to use the canal.
Records were broken:
And the American Journal of Transportation reported that this had resulted in a record month for US east coast ports – headlining Charleston’s 28% increase in cargo volumes; Philadelphia’s 34%; and Savannah’s 16%.
It also pointed out that next month a 13 000+ TEU-capacity ship from a liner service newly re-routed through the canal would be calling thereafter at the ports of Virginia, Charleston, and Savannah, and will be their largest ever.
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Source: FTW Online