February is the third-consecutive record-breaking month for the Panama Canal. In December 2016 and January 2017, the waterway set monthly tonnage records after transiting 35.4 million PC/UMS and 36.1 million PC/UMS, respectively.
Approximately 850 Neopanamax vessels have transited the new locks in the first eight months since their inauguration in June 2016, according to the Panama Canal Authority. In fact 53 percent of all containerized cargo through the waterway is now transported through the new locks. Eleven new liner services have been also rerouted, with this number expected to increase.