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U.S. shipyards to adapt for Panama Canal

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The expansion of the Panama Canal could soon have U.S. shipyards producing more vessels to help move cargo from larger container ships that previously could not traverse the canal, according to an industry expert.

“A possibility is that the larger vessel traffic coming from the Panama Canal could generate a shuttle service, a short sea shipping service of these vessels offloading some of their container traffic,” said Matt Paxton, president of the Shipbuilders Council of America.

He said the larger vessels that would be able to cross the canal may have difficulty docking in U.S. ports because the infrastructure was not built to handle the size of new container ships.

Source: International Business Times