This licence is presented by the Panama Canal to captains who have completed 100 transits through the waterway. Captain Sonjoy has taken ships through the canal for more than 30 years, during which time he has witnessed many updates and improvements that have been made to the path between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Sonjoy received the licence from Roberto Gutierrez, representing the Panama Canal Operations Division, and Roberto Jaen from Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics at a special ceremony held on-board the ship on September 14.

Mary Carmen Barrios, WWL’s general manager of port operations and terminals for Latin America, congratulated Sonjoy, saying: “During the past 100 years, the Panama Canal Authority has appointed a few ‘Panama Canal Honorary Pilots’, and WWL feels honoured to have Captain Sonjoy receiving this very unique licence and to count on his invaluable expertise.”

The Panama Canal, which is 77.1 kilometres long, celebrated its 100th anniversary last year. Since its inauguration more than a century ago, the canal’s importance to world trade has grown substantially. Up to 14,000 ships now transit the canal annually, representing nearly 5 percent of total world shipping. WWL is currently the canal’s ninth-largest customer and the No. 1 customer in the RoRo segment, with up to 18 vessels transiting the waterway each month.