Odessa, 07 JUNE 2016, CONTEXT-Prichernomorie -- In the afternoon of June 6 at the port of Odessa arrived container Cosco Shipping Panama, that will be first of the Neopanamax ships to pass under the new gateways in the international opening ceremony of the modernized Panama canal, the correspondent of IA «Context-Prichernomorie» reports.
Agency was informed today, on June 7, by the press service of the Odessa Sea Port.
According to the press service, June 6 at 2 PM at the Grain Harbor of Odessa port arrived container Shipping Cosco Panama (300 m, flag of the Marshall Islands). The ship of 2015 construction handled by stevedoring company «Brooklyn-Kiev port». Dockers started unloading containers shortly after mooring the vessel to the pier.
300-meter long container ships docked at the Grain Harbor of the port on a regular basis for more than five years. However, the current call can be considered, without exaggeration, historic. According to the main control room of Odessa sea port authority m/V Cosco Shipping Panama will be the first Neopanamax, which will be held on the new gateways in the international opening ceremony of the modernized Panama canal. The ceremony will take place on June 26, 2016.
The press service reminded that the work on the Panama canal expansion began in 2007. Their value was estimated at USĀ 5.25 billion, but in the end, reconstruction turned out to be more expensive than USD 2.3 billion. New gateway channel can pass oil supertankers displacement of more than 170 thousand tons. The maximum channel throughput will increase to 18,8 thousand ships a year.
According to the requirements of the Administration of the channel, the draw on the right of the first pass through the new gateway involved vessels up to 366 meters long, 49 meters wide and a maximum draught up to 12.5 m.