Still a Major Port

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Watching a fully-loaded PANAMAX container ship, just as it comes around the bend of the Castle Island walkway to the McCorkle Pier, is certainly impressive – like encountering Leviathan.  As the full length of the ship appears, you get a look at how truly big (!) these container craft really are.

But that’s not the end of the story.  The ship shown in the photos, called a “PANAMAX”, was the widest that could pass through the Panama Canal until this year.  The project to widen the Panama Canal has been finished so container ships twice that size can now come up the East Coast.  Watch for

them.

Photo by Rick Winterson

Jeanne Rooney

Jeanne Rooney is the Editor in Chief for South Boston Online.

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