PANYNJ to welcome first neo-Panamax vessel

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) and GCT USA officials on Friday will greet the Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) Benefactor, the largest container ship ever to call on the port at GCT Bayonne.

The MOL Benefactor, which is a 10,000 20-foot-equivalent-units (TEU) container ship, successfully passed through the newly expanded Panama Canal on July 1. The ship was the first neo-Panamax vessel to complete a commercial transit through the new expanded locks, according to a press release issued by ship owner Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd.

Since opening the expansion June 26, the Panama Canal has been able to accommodate ships as large as 14,000 TEUs. The MOL Benefactor is the first ship to visit an East Coast port after passing through the locks.

Mitsui OSK Lines took delivery of the new ship in March.

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