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Expanding the Panama Canal may shrink shipping industry emissions

Posted on behalf of Virginia Gewin. The Panama Canal is growing. By 2014 – 100 years after it was first completed – ships with a beam of up to 49 metres will be able to travel through the 82-kilometre channel (pictured), up from the current 32.2m limit. Upping the beam constraint, known among seafarers as ‘Panamax’, will have ripple effects throughout the shipping industry. Larger ships will enable the transport of more goods in fewer trips, and larger beams will facilitate the design of more efficient hulls, according to a study in the International Journal of Maritime Engineering. Overall, the 


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