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Panama Canal Welcomes Largest Ship to Date – MV Valparaiso Express

December 20, 2016 
by gCaptain

The 10,500 TEU Valparaiso Express transits the expanded Panama Canal, December 20, 2016. Photo: Panama Canal Authority

The Panama Canal on Tuesday welcomed the largest capacity vessel to-date to transit the expanded locks – the 10,589 TEU neopanamax containership Valparaiso Express.

The vessel began its transit at the Pacific-facing Cocoli Locks Tuesday morning after calls in Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia. After completing its transit through the Atlantic-facing Agua Clara Locks, the ship will stop at Manzanillo International Terminal in Panama before continuing its route to terminals in the Dominican Republic, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, France and the Netherlands.

The containership measures 333 meters in length and 48 meters in width and is the first of five new vessels in Hapag Lloyd’s new 10,500 TEU class which are specifically being built to take advantage of the additional capacity of the expanded Panama Canal.

The Valparaíso Express operates a…