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Panama Canal expansion will allow giant ships

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Over the past 20 years or so, traffic on the world’s oceans has quadrupled. To move those goods more quickly and cheaply, cargo ships have grown nearly four times bigger--and many are now too large to fit through the Panama Canal.

A $5.25 billion expansion project, scheduled for completion this year, will create two new lock complexes and a third lane of traffic. The new Panama Canal will be roomy enough for boats nearly three times the current maximum size.

Source: Popular Science