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Panama Canal provides ro-ro operators flexibility

Monday, September 5, 2016


The Panama Canal’s expanded locks, which provide container lines with a new route for ships carrying up to 13,000 20-foot-equivalent units, also have opened a new path for roll-on, roll-off carriers that measure capacity not in TEUs but in CEUs, or car equivalent units.

Vehicle carriers factored the canal expansion into their orders for their latest generation of roll-on, roll-off car and truck carriers. More than two dozen pure car and truck carriers now have beams exceeding the 32-meter maximum of the canal’s older locks.

Source: Journal of Commerce