First Q-Flex transits Panama Canal
May 13, 2019
Qatargas announced that the Al Safliya became the first Q-Flex LNG vessel, and largest LNG vessel by cargo capacity, to transit the Panama Canal. The Al Safliya with a cargo capacity of 210,000 m3 of LNG, a length of 315 meters, and breadth of 50 meters, successfully completed the 82 km transit on 12 May 2019. The Panama Canal was expanded in 2016, thereby allowing LNG vessels to pass through the canal. In April 2018, the authority announced it would accommodate vessels up to 51.25 meters wide, opening the prospect for Q-Flex vessels to transit.
Edited from Qatargas press release.