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CANAL TRANSIT TIMES DROP.

The Panama Canal Authority says the time a vessel spends transiting the waterway has dropped 16.6% in recent years, reports Maritime Press (Nov. 28, 2002). Average "canal waters time " for 2001-02 was 26.2 hours, compared to an average of 31.4 hours for 1999-2000, it said. Vessels using the canal's reservation system took only took only an average of 18.6 hours to transit the Canal. The authority attributed the reduction, in part, to a modernization program which has recently widened the Gaillard Cut, increased the Canal's locomotive fleet from 80 to 100 units, and acquired more powerful and maneuverable tugs.

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Title Annotation:Panama Canal transit time falls to an average of 26.2 hours
Publication:Caribbean Update
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Geographic Code:2PANA
Date:Jan 1, 2003
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