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COSCO to make first NewPanamax sailing

China COSCO Shipping has won the draw for the first transit through the expanded Panama Canal during the waterway's inauguration on Sunday, 26th June
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The shipping line's container vessel ANDROIKOS will make the inaugural transit. The vessel, which has a maximum capacity of 9400 TEU, is well within the NPX limit of 13,000-14,000 TEU for containerships.

According to the Panama Canal Administration (ACP), more than 100 NPX ships have already made reservations for commercial transit through the new locks, which will offocially open on 27th June, following the historic inauguration.

The draw took place last week at ACP HQ in Panama City, with a Notary Public serving as witness.

Competing in the draw with Cosco was WWL, offering its 8000 CEU intake post-Panamax PCTC THALASSA.

"It is a great honour to have one of our top customers celebrate this historical moment with us," said ACP Administrator, Jorge L Quijano. "We are excited and prepared to continue providing the same reliable and efficient service within the expanded Panama Canal that our customers have come to expect through the years."

ACP is sticking with its NPX design limits of 49m maximum beam and 366m maximum LOA. In addition, the maximum draft or point of immersion for the inaugural transit is 12.5m.

The Canal will offer four additional slots per day for NPX vessels, in addition to the existing 25 slots for the existing Canal.

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