The world in a box

The records of the new Panama Canal

A standard shipping container is 20 feet long, 8.5 metres wide and 8 feet high (6.1 x 2.6 x 2.4m). It is large enough to accommodate the move of an entire apartment.

According to maritime estimates, 65 million containers are on their way around the world. Every day, a part of these transits pass through the new Panama Canal, built by Webuild and inaugurated on June 26, 2016, with the passage of the Cosco Shipping, a 299-meter-long New Panamax ship, carrying 9,443 containers. The number of containers stacked in a single ship has gradually increased to 15 thousand, while the length of the ships has reached 370 metres. In six years, 17,000 ships have passed through the waterway that connects the Atlantic to the Pacific, 56% of which are container ships.

So far, the impressive infrastructure has seen the “relocation” of well over one hundred million apartments.