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When it comes to the question of deepening access channels to allow larger vessels to call at the US east coast, all the talk is of the bigger ships that will be coming through the expanded Panama Canal. Of course, much of these conversations remain hypothetical while the expansion programme continues, while this fascinating analysis from Drewry shows that carriers’ vessel-cascading plans, which are likely to mean 8,000teu ships introduced on the transatlantic trades, will force lines to be particularly selective about which ports they call at due to draught restrictions.

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