Largest LNG vessel built to date transits Panama Canal

The Qatargas Al Safliya Q-Flex tanker.

The largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessel built to date – the Qatargas Al Safliya Q-Flex tanker – transited the Panama Canal at the weekend as part of a northbound trip from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean.

The vessel, which is 315 metres long, with a 50 metre beam and a cargo capacity of 210 000 sqm, is the largest ship of its kind to ever transit the waterway.

“This transit reaffirms the expanded canal’s ability to reshape world trade and offers customers the benefits of economies of scale,” said Panama Canal administrator Jorge L Quijano.

Just under a year ago, in June 2018, the Panama Canal increased the maximum allowable beam for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks to 51.25 metres (up from 49 metres).


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