Seven months after the beginning of operations, 2017 is off to a strong start as January 2017 saw the Panama Canal set a new monthly tonnage record of 36.1 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS).
A total of 1,260 ships transited both the Expanded and original locks.
The previous record was only a month old, established in December 2016 - 1,166 ships, 35.4 million PC/UMS.
Like the Suez Canal, the Panama canal has its own measurement, the Panama Canal/Universal Measurement System (PC/UMS) which is based net tonnage.
In April 2017, the Expanded Canal expects its first Neopanamax cruise vessel capable of transporting up to 4,000 passengers.