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Read news and analysis on the Panama Canal, including discussions of development and reports on tolls and traffic, including ocean carrier strategies involving use of the Panama Canal for all-water service from Asia to the U.S. East Coast.

The Panama Canal Authority is currently much of the way through a multi-year expansion program that involves the construction of two new sets of locks, on the Pacific and Atlantic sides of the canal, to accommodate larger ships. The project also involves the widening and deepening of navigational channels in Gatun Lake, as well as the deepening of Culebra Cut.

For specific updates and insight into the expansion project slated for completion in 2015, readers should also consult the JOC’s Panama Canal Expansion special topic.

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News & Analysis

25 Jun 2016
The larger locks of the Panama Canal open on Sunday, but what impact will they have on global trade and container shipping?
24 Jun 2016
The 2M Alliance plans to shift one of their Asia-to-U.S. East Coast services to the newly expanded Panama Canal.
14 Jun 2016
A new Panama Canal container route to the U.S. Gulf from Asia will replace and build on an intermodal rail service that Maersk Line launched via Mexico.
07 Jun 2016
The Panama Canal Authority will determine whether its third set of locks where leaks were found are functional.
06 Jun 2016
The Suez Canal has extended and deepened discounts to container lines.
25 May 2016
Port Miami Director Juan Kuryla and JOC Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barrett talk on the sidelines of the 16th TPM Conference about Port Miami’s efforts to prepare for the expanded Panama Canal.
23 May 2016
At the 16th TPM Conference JOC Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barrett and Norfolk Southern Railway Director of International Intermodal Randy Bayles discuss how the expansion of the Panama Canal has impacted how NS serves ports on the U.S. East Coast and the challenges presented to intermodal rail providers by container surges from mega-ships.
20 May 2016
The Panama Maritime Authority has reached an agreement with a Chinese consortium on Panama's first post-Panamax capable container terminal.
18 May 2016
JOC Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barrett and Florida East Coast Railway President and CEO Jim Hertwig sat down at the 16th TPM Conference to chat about the impact of the expanded Panama Canal on Florida ports and transport firms, the FECR’s new e-commerce platform, and the future of shipping refrigerated products in South Florida.
05 May 2016
APM Terminals, Terminal Link, Terminal Investments Ltd , and PSA International have pre-qualified to bid on a proposed container terminal at Corozal, according to the Panama Canal Authority. Mitsui O.S.K Lines, Manzanillo International Terminal and Ports America were were not approved.