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Panama City, Dec. 27 (EFE) .- The Panama Canal said on Monday that it expects the container ship, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) segments to accelerate growth in the year next, after 2021 in which it has recorded a record of 516.7 million tonnes traveled on the road.

“We look forward to welcoming even more transits for our customers next year, as container ship, liquefied natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas transits are expected to drive growth in 2022,” the administrator said. Panama Canal Deputy, Ilya Espino de Marotta.

In a public statement, the Panama Canal stressed that achieving “another record year” in 2021 “has not been easy, given the challenges facing the interoceanic route, disruptions in the global supply chain. the lingering effects of the covid-19 pandemic on the global economy ”.

According to data from the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), traffic on the interoceanic highway “increased between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021, driven by LNG, LPG, container ship segments. , bulk carriers and vehicle carriers.

During the financial year ended September 30, tonnes and transits of container ships increased by 10.8% and 2% respectively compared to the previous financial year; that of LNG of 31.4% and 28.2%; and that of LPG of 18.4% and 16.4% respectively.

The 2021 financial year has been “exceptional” for the Canal, with a record traffic of 516.7 million tonnes, 8.7% more than the previous year and 10% above 2019, declared in October the last administrator of the road, Ricaurte Vásquez, who foresaw a more moderate development. growth for 2022.

The interoceanic highway delivered more than $ 2,080 million to the Panamanian state on December 16, a record contribution corresponding to the year 2021. By 2022, it plans to contribute $ 2,497.2 million, according to the budget approved by Parliament.

The Panama Canal, through which 3.5% of world trade passes by sea, connects more than 140 maritime routes and 1,700 ports in 160 countries.

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