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Date: 05/19/19 04:17
Reduced water levels in the Panama Canal
Author: Ray_Murphy

Probably means more business for the Panama Canal Railway as some ships have to off-load part of their cargo to achieve an acceptable draft:

https://nyti.ms/2JrZHwY



Date: 05/25/19 18:30
Re: Reduced water levels in the Panama Canal
Author: Socalobserver

Ray_Murphy Wrote:
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> Probably means more business for the Panama Canal
> Railway as some ships have to off-load part of
> their cargo to achieve an acceptable draft:
>
> https://nyti.ms/2JrZHwY

All this was predicted before the new locks were built . Gatun lake only holds so much water and even recycling it on the new looks there is still loss



Date: 05/27/19 11:10
Re: Reduced water levels in the Panama Canal
Author: Lackawanna484

Socalobserver Wrote:
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> Ray_Murphy Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Probably means more business for the Panama
> Canal
> > Railway as some ships have to off-load part of
> > their cargo to achieve an acceptable draft:
> >
> > https://nyti.ms/2JrZHwY
>
> All this was predicted before the new locks were
> built . Gatun lake only holds so much water and
> even recycling it on the new looks there is still
> loss

Yes.  Low rainfall in the uplands means less runoff into the rivers. 

That's a lot of fresh water being lost...



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