The post war container revolution has produced a system under which PANMAX ships circle the globe in both directions serving only such load center ports as Rotterdam, New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Dubai. These ships cost eighty million dollars each and are built to just squeeze through the Panama Canal locks which measure 1,000 feet long by 110 wide by 41 inch water depth, hence the name PANMAX. Panama is a logical load center for the Americas, but her ports are ignored by lines that tranship in Florida, California, the Caribbean and the U.S. South Atlantic. As the system matures there will develop better transfer points in the Caribbean/Gulf area. Query, can Panama realize its potential, or will the prize go to other ports, perhaps in Florida?


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  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 519-528

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  • Accession Number: 00727086
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume 2
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1996 12:00AM