Making way for the Panama Canal expansion

By June's end, the Panama Canal Authority will officially inaugurate its $5.25 billion project to widen the canal and add a third set of locks. The expansion will allow for the passage of much larger ships, which could pave the way for a sizeable increase in containerized traffic heading to U.S. East and Gulf coasts. With the project nearly finished, many folks are wondering whether ports on these coasts are equipped to handle the potential uptick in cargoes. For a feature in our April issue, I reached out to several U.S. ports to find out. I also got in touch with a few railroads to get a better understanding of what the expansion might mean from a rail perspective. Check out my article to see what I've learned.

Do you think American ports are ready to take on any traffic increases from the expanded Panama Canal? If not, how could they better prepare? Will the expansion even lead to an uptick in cargoes? Why or why not? I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on the topic.

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  • FLORIDA EAST COAST RAILWAY is well ready to take on any traffic increases from the expanded Panama Canal. FEC President Jim Hertwig has overseen the return of the FEC to PortMiami and Port Everglades and an expansion of service to Port of Palm Beach. FEC's new yards in PortMiami and Port Everglades can and will be able to handle any increase in traffic brought about by the expansion of the canal and the railroad is more than ready to move that freight rapidly out of the ports and on to northeastern and midwestern destinations.
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