Ocean Alliance Breaks Panama Transit Record

 23 Aug 2017 09.48am

CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt has squeezed through the new Panama Canal Locks, becoming the largest ever container vessel to do so.

Panama Canal Authority (ACP) reorded the transit of the 14,855 TEU vessel on August 22, 2017.

A neopanamax containership, the vessel began its voyage from Asia and will be making stops along the US East Coast.

CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt is deployed on OCEAN Alliance's weekly South Atlantic Express (SAX) service, connecting Asia and US East Coast ports.

This service uses 11 vessels ranging in size from 11,000 to 14,000 TEUs.

Containerships on the SAX route were in May, 2017 the largest at the time to transit the expanded Panama Canal.

CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt began its voyage in Shanghai and will soon call at US East Coast Ports.

These include Norfolk, Savannah, and Charleston, all of which have seen strong growth and record-breaking tonnage, following investments made to accommodate the larger vessels now able to transit the canal.

The neopanamax ship will also call on the Port of New York and New Jersey, which recently completed a four year, US$1.6 billion project to raise the Bayonne Bridge to 215 feet.

Now vessels over 9,500 TEU can bypass the bridge to reach three of four main terminals at the port.

On September 7th,  the largest vessel ever to pass under the bridge will the CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt, for which CMA CGM provided details in the below infographic.

By traveling through Panama, the CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt saved 29,561 tons of CO2 in bypassing the Cape of Good Hope.

In its first year of operation, the expanded canal has contributed to the reduction of 17 million tons of CO2 thanks to the shorter traveling distance and larger cargo carrying capacity of the vessels that it serves.

The Panama Canal Authority is projected to accommodate approximately 13,000 vessels including 2,335 Neopanamax vessels, during its fiscal 2018 year, which begins on October 1, 2017.

Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano said: "Today's transit not only represents the growing success and adoption of the Expanded Canal, but also its impact on reshaping world trade.”

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