Last Ditch Effort: The Panama Canal and Peak Trade

The Port of Los Angeles gives a lesson in mega ships

by Katie Long Aug 24, 2016
East Coast ports can learn a lot from Los Angeles about handling giant ships.
The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, the largest container ship to ever call at a North America port, is docked at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, California.
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Last Ditch Effort: The Panama Canal and Peak Trade

The canal has made Panama rich, but inequality persists

by David Brancaccio, Justin Ho, and Katie Long Jun 30, 2016
With over a quarter of its citizens in poverty, Panama has one of the worst income distributions in Latin America.
The view of downtown Panama City from Boca la Caja, a former fishing village.
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Last Ditch Effort: The Panama Canal and Peak Trade

Have we reached peak trade?

by David Brancaccio, Katie Long, and Justin Ho Jun 23, 2016
If trade growth stalls, what does that mean for the American worker?
The Port of Balboa, viewed from the Diablo neighborhood, located in the former Panama Canal Zone.
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Last Ditch Effort: The Panama Canal and Peak Trade

What happens when shipping lines build for growth that never comes

by David Brancaccio, Katie Long, and Justin Ho Jun 22, 2016
The shipping industry is seeing prices collapse as slowing global trade growth drags down demand.
A container ship exits the Panama Canal toward the Pacific Ocean, with the Balboa Yacht Club in the fore.
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Last Ditch Effort: The Panama Canal and Peak Trade

Panama Canal expands as trade falls flat

by David Brancaccio, Justin Ho, and Katie Long Jun 20, 2016
A new, wider channel will allow bigger ships to pass through. But how many will come?
AAL's Kobe ship squeezes through the current Panama Canal locks.
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Panama Canal prepares for bigger vessels

by Lorne Matalon Dec 30, 2015
The changes will allow for ships that can carry up to three times the cargo.

Nicaragua's much-touted canal meets with opposition

by Noel King Dec 24, 2014
Nicaragua's been talking about building a canal for 200 years. Considerable skepticism has greeted the project.
 A banner that reads "no to the canal" is carried this week during a protest against a new canal opening in Nicaragua. 
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Port wars heat up as East Coast raises the bar

by Jeff Tyler Sep 16, 2013
East Coast ports are upgrading their infrastructure to accommodate increased freight expected after the 2015 expansion of the Panama Canal. West Coast ports have to ship up in order to compete.

The next Panama Canal could be on its way

by Jeremy Hobson Aug 1, 2012
The government of Nicaragua is paying two Dutch companies about $750,000 to study the feasability of building a canal -- a canal that would rival the Panama Canal and create another link from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea.

Panama Canal expansion brings competition for East Coast ports

by Janet Babin Mar 14, 2012
The Panama Canal is getting a makeover, and it could be a gamechanger for Atlantic coast ports -- that is, if those ports are ready in time.

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