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Panama Canal chiefs received big-ships surprise

Friday, June 30, 2017

Panama Canal Administrator Jorge Quijano reviewed the first year of the canal expansion. In an interview, he said canal officials hadn’t expected to see ships in the 13,000-TEU-range until later this year. “Now we’ve had three in the past five weeks,” he said. “We’re pleased to see them but we hadn’t expected to get them so soon.”

In the first year, ships transiting the expansion have carried nearly 25 million more tons of cargo than anticipated, and from the beginning of the fiscal year last Oct. 1 through May, tonnage is up 22.2 percent, Quijano said. Revenue also is up.

Source: Miami Herald