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  • An aerial view of the new Panama Canal expansion project on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal during an organized media tour by Italy's Salini Impregilo, one of the main sub contractors of the Panama Canal Expansion project, on the outskirt of Colon City, Panama May 11, 2016.  REUTERS/Carlos Jasso - RTX2DX2M
    June 25, 2016  

    The Panama Canal, a century-old shortcut connecting the Pacific and Atlantic oceans for global trade, carries a third of the trade from Asia to the Americas. Tomorrow, the 50-mile canal will open after nine years and a more than $5 billion effort to widen the waterway. David Brancaccio, host of The Marketplace Morning Report from American Public Media joins Alison Stewart to discuss. Continue reading

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    October 17, 2015  

    A number of port cities on the East Coast are taking steps to deepen their harbors, in an effort to attract bigger-than-ever cargo container ships expected to arrive as early as next year with the expansion of the Panama Canal. It’s all sparked fierce debate in Jacksonville, Florida, as port officials there fight to remain competitive. NewsHour’s Megan Thompson reports. Continue reading

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    April 22, 2015  

    A Chinese-financed shipping canal in the works to connect Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast to the Caribbean would dwarf Panama’s famous waterway. But while Nicaraguan officials say the project will create much-needed jobs, human rights advocates and environmental groups are protesting the construction. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on the controversy. Continue reading

  • The Chinese firm HKND has a contract to build the Nicaraguan Canal and operate it for 50 years. Nicaragua Canal Project Overview image from HKND
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    Work begins today on the $50 billion Nicaragua Canal after the Nicaraguan government and the Chinese investment firm, HKND, held a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday. The ceremony was held away from the construction in Managua, Nicaragua’s capital, amid protests against the canal. Continue reading

  • A tanker crosses through the Panama Canal's Miraflores locks on April 21, 2006. The locks are 110 feet wide, limiting the size of ships that can pass through. The allowable size is known as “Panamax.” The tolls for container ships to cross are about $50,000 to $250,000, cruise ships $80,000 to $300,000, and yachts and other small vessels $1,300 to $2,500. Photo by Teresita Chavarria/AFP/Getty Images
    August 15, 2014  

    The Panama Canal, opened 100 years ago,, is lauded as an achievement for the U.S. But with the opportunity to unlock America’s economic power, came soaring costs, engineering problems and a steep death toll. Gwen Ifill talks to Orlando Pérez, author of “Political Culture in Panama” and Noel Maurer of Harvard University about the political will driving the canal, plus the Panamanian perspective. Continue reading

  • The first P&O Orient liner Oriana returns to Southampton after her maiden voyage to the Panama Canal in 1961. She was the largest vessel to pass through the canal since the German liner Bremen in 1939. Photo by Central Press/Getty Images
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    At the time it was built, the canal was an engineering marvel, relying on a series of locks that lift ships – and their thousands of pounds of cargo – above mountains. But thousands of workers died during its construction, and its history has seen no shortage of controversy, including a contentious transference of authority from the US to Panama in the 1970s. Continue reading

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    August 15, 2014  

    A century ago, the Panama Canal — an enormous engineering feat that grew American commerce and transformed global trade — was completed. But the waterway’s history is complicated, filled with its share of fatalities and political tensions. Gwen Ifill looks back on the development of the canal, the boost it gave U.S. economic power and plans to expand. Continue reading

  • View from Contractor's Hill, Panama, of ships sailing in the Panama Canal in May 2014. A set of locks at either end eases ships through the artificial Gatun Lake, built to reduce the amount of excavation needed for the canal. A third set of locks, under construction and set to open in 2015, will allow wider ships to pass. Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images
    August 14, 2014   BY  

    Friday marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal, the 48-mile passage linking the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. It helped move American troops to the Pacific theater during World War II and has facilitated trade between continents. We take a look at the canal through the years. Continue reading

  • July 16, 2013  

    In other news Tuesday, more rallies and protests were held in reaction to the George Zimmerman verdict. Attorney General Eric Holder said at an NAACP convention that "Stand Your Ground" laws encourage violent escalation. Also, a North Korean ship was stopped and held after Panamanian officials found ballistic missile equipment. Continue reading

  • October 21, 2008  

    Even before Hurricane Katrina, the structural flaws of the port of New Orleans, combined with increased shipping volume, strained the infrastructure resource. Ray Suarez examines the port’s struggle to fund improvements and keep up with its competition. Continue reading