So I was just watching a show on the Panama Canal…it said that a staggering 14,000 ships go through the canal each year. I started thinking about the numbers a little bit and knew that meant between 35 and 40 per day, on average.
Then it was talking about a ship, the Zim New York, that could navigate the trickiest part of the canal in only 3 hours…
THEN…it said that this tricky part was only wide enough for 1 ship to fit through at a time – so one ship going from Caribbean to Pacific meant that no ship could go through it from Pacific to Caribbean simultaneously.
I was wondering if that meant there are certain days on which only east-to-west travel is allowed, and some days on which west-to-east travel is allowed. Is there a long caravan of Fishyback container ships travelling in one direction, or is it like yielding over a one-way bridge?
OR were they only talking about the enormous ships that make up the Panamac class to which the Zim New York belongs? I have more pressing things to do, but my curiosity is getting the better of me. (Watch out, River! [she’s my cat])
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