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FIGURE 12 Panamax v. Post Panamax Vessels

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Panamax: 4,500 TEU 965 ft long 106 ft beam 39.5 ft draft. Post Panamax: 13,000 TEU 1200 ft long 160 ft beam 50 ft draft.

NOTES: Panamax refers to the largest size vessel that can traverse the Panama Canal. Current maximum dimensions are: length 294.1 meters (965 feet); width 32.3 meters (106 feet); draft 12.0 meters (39.5 feet) in tropical fresh water; height 57.91 meters (190 feet) above the water. Post Panamax refers to vessels that exceed these dimensions

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Bureau of Transportation Statistics, based upon data from the USDOT, Maritime Administration, Glossary of Shipping Terms, available at as of June 2015.