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Regional ports not ready for Canal expansion

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Panama Canal expansion project will not only put pressure on US and other international ports, but also those of Central America and the Caribbean, according to the Inter-American Development Bank.

The ports in the Central American region will have to make adaptations to be able to attend to the new post-Panamax vessels, as only the Dominican Republic and Panama have sufficient capacity to handle them.

The new vessels can transport 12,600 containers, compared to the current Panamax vessels which can carry up to 4,500.

Full story (in Spanish)