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Texas not yet ready for bigger Panama Canal ships

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Texas and other US Gulf states may not be ready when their ship comes in.

A massive expansion of the Panama Canal is on track to be completed in about two years, making it possible for huge ships often carrying goods from Asia to bypass their usual stops in the Long Beach area and instead sail directly to Texas and other states along the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the East Coast.

But Texas and other Gulf states are woefully unprepared to handle the goods brought to the area on enormous ships soon to pass through the canal, several experts said.

Source: McClatchy Tribune News Service