Preparing for The Panama Canal Expansion

The historic Panama Canal expansion is poised to be complete in 2016, and that means “megaships” that could be up to 230 feet longer and over 50 feet wider than current vessels. They could also potentially carry over double the loads, up to 14,000 containers per ship. Several U.S. ports are taking steps to ensure they are able to accommodate this new reality of global commerce, and keep imports and exports flowing for the United States. Port modernization projects include deepening the harbors, enlisting heavier cranes with redesigned foundations, and providing more efficient freight connections to get goods to market.