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The Panama Canal Is About To Get Busy

The Panama Canal is a full century old, but it’s going through a growth spurt.

The 48-mile-long waterway that cuts across “the backbone of the Western Hemisphere” is going through the final year of a massive expansion. When work is completed this year, bigger locks will allow the giant “New Panamax” class of container ships and supertankers to slip through and boost the canal’s capacity by half.

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