The previous record was established the month prior in January 2017 when the canal recorded a daily tonnage average of 1.16 PC/UMS.
It's the third-consecutive record-breaking month for the Panama Canal. In December 2016 and January 2017, the waterway set monthly tonnage records after transiting 35.4 million PC/UMS and 36.1 million PC/UMS, respectfully.
"These records are evidence of the maritime industry's growing adoption of the expanded Canal," said Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L Quijano. "As the new lane continues to reshape global maritime trade and its true impact becomes more and more apparent, we will continue to offer new growth opportunities to our customers and cargo destinations around the world."
Eight months since the inauguration, approximately 850 Neopanamax vessels have transited the new locks, and 53 per cent of cargo transiting the waterway in container ships are using the expanded Canal. In addition, 11 new liner services have been re-routed to take advantage of the economies of scale the Canal offers. As the impact of the expansion becomes more evident, this number is expected to increase.