A New Panama Canal?

by David F. Bastian, Commission for the Study of, Alternatives to the Panama Canal, Panama,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


Based upon the 1977 treaty between the United States and Panama and an exchange of diplomatic notes among Panama, Japan and United States, a trinational feasibility study is being conducted to investigate alternatives that will increase the transportation capacity across the Isthmus of Panama. Delegates from the United States, Japan and Panama are currently engaging consultants to assist in the analysis of various alternatives to increase the flow of commodities between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. By agreement of the three participating governments, all of the considered traffic improvements must be within the geographical area of the Republic of Panama. At present, a 76-year-old canal serves ships in either direction and a pipeline constructed in 1982 transports crude oil from the Pacific to the Atlantic.

Subject Headings: Developing countries | Civil engineering landmarks | Feasibility studies | Canals | Transportation studies | Ocean currents | Transportation engineering | Sea water | Panama | Central America | United States | Japan | Asia | Pacific Ocean

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