Panama Canal authority allowing longer ships to pass through

The Panama Canal is now allowing longer ships to pass through.

The canal authority upped the maximum ship length by nearly 10 feet, meaning it can now accommodate 97 percent of the global container fleet.

That gives operators more flexibility in the type of vessels they use. The authority is also allowing the maximum level of draft, following high rain levels and water management.

The Panama Canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific with 14,000 ships passing through every year.


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