May 22, 2015
And yes, it does look like that thing with China in Panama and Nicaragua was related. Great, just what we needed.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Sat May 23 05:24:15 2015 (ZJVQ5)
That said, Chinese money funds a number of interesting railroads, such as the one they mean to build across the northern Mexico for the trade with Texas. The limited capacity of Panama canal hurts them enough to make all these railroads feasible.
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Sat May 23 12:10:03 2015 (RqRa5)
Posted by: Mauser at Sat May 23 17:34:16 2015 (TJ7ih)
The real problem for the Panama Canal is water. The way locks work, a lot of water is released from above to down below for every ship that goes through. That water is coming from that lake which is in the middle of the canal, and thus traffic in the canal is limited by the amount of rainfall in the watershed that feeds that lake.
Unless they do something like building massive pumps to move water back up to the top, I think I remember that the limit with the current locks is about 100 ships per year. If they build larger locks, they'll use more water per ship.
The proposed Nicaragua canal has exactly the same issue. (The Suez canal does not, because the entire thing is at sea level so there aren't any locks.)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sun May 24 11:42:06 2015 (+rSRq)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Mon May 25 20:40:03 2015 (RqRa5)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Mon May 25 22:09:36 2015 (+rSRq)
Posted by: Rick C at Tue May 26 09:53:59 2015 (ECH2/)
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