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Panama Canal records 500 neo-panamax transits in new locks

Panama Canal records 500 neo-panamax transits in new locks
The box ship Taiwanese Yang Ming 8,200 teu-Yang Ming Unity became the 500th neo-panamax vessel to transit the expanded Panama Canal that began operations nearly 6 months ago. The Yang Ming Unity is 335.7 m-long and 42.8 m-wide is a neo-panamax built in 2006.

In total, since the inauguration of the expansion, 610 ships of different sizes have passed through the new locks, 500 of which are neo-panamaxes, according to the Panama Canal Authority (ACP).

 "We also have transits by panamax-sized ships to ease traffic," ACP head of the board of inspectors Miguel Rodriguez said.

However, the transit of the Yang Ming Unity ran into problems as she entered the Atlantic Agua Clara locks and had to wait and let pass the next vessel to avoid any interruption in the Agua Clara lock operations.

Rodriguez reported that there was a problem in the electronic navigation equipment that pilots use to guide the vessel. Once the problem was solved, the ship Yang Ming Unity made it through the locks.