Despite last year’s drop in the Panama Canal traffic flow, the recent expansion of the third set of locks has triggered the inter–oceanic crossing to return to its volume of ship traffic in 2017.
According to the statistics of the Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC) disclosed by the Comptroller General of the Republic of Panama, from January to August of this year 9,217 ships crossed, representing an increase of 6.0 % over 2016 (8,693).
According to the report, this year 8,051 oceangoing vessel transits passed through the expanded Canal, whereas in the previous period 7,638 ships were reported (+ 5.4%).
Regarding the transport of small draft ships, there is a record of 1,166 ships of small draft that crossed the expanded Canal, higher than the numbers registered during the same period of 2016, when only 1,055 ships were counted (+ 10.5%).
The report also accounts that untill August, 273,068 net tons were reported and 215,148 this year, showing a positive variation of 57,920 net tons or 26.9%.
Meanwhile, the income generated by the activity totaled $ 1,508,711, showing an increase of $ 244,059 if compared to the previous year, which was $ 1,264,652.