Drought Causes 154-Ship Traffic Jam At The Panama Canal
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A ship is guided through the Panama Canal’s Miraflores locks near Panama City on April 24, 2023. – The scarcity of rainfall due to global warming has forced the Panama Canal to reduce the draft of ships passing through the interoceanic waterway, in the midst of a water supply crisis that threatens the future of this maritime route. The Alhajuela lake, in the Colon province, 50 km north of Panama City, is one of the main lakes that supplies water to the locks of the Panama Canal and is at its lowest level of recent years. Image: Luis ACOSTA / AFP (Getty Images)
“Those containers left may need another vessel to complete the journey,” said Captain Adil Ashiq, head of North America for MarineTraffic told CNBC. “This is going to get worse before it gets better.”
The reduction in traffic is already forcing some tankers, like petroleum vessels, to reroute their cargo to the Atlantic Basin. So move over Suez Canal, a hip new waterway crisis is in town to mess up our fragile supply chain.