It was in 1903 when “gringos” fulfilled one of their dreams: communicate the Atlantic and the Pacific sea through a waterway that allows avoiding the thousands of kilometers that surround South America by the Cape Horn.
Finally, it was in 1914 that Panama Canal it began to function, despite the harshness of the work, poor weather conditions and the scourge of malaria and yellow fever, the first ship crossed from ocean to other through the channel of Panama. Just these 80 kilometers, however, have become the most expensive toll in the world: up to $ 300,000 per vessel, depending on its carrying capacity, in a journey that is complete it in about eight hours. The biggest boats in the world, which are about 40 ships, sail here every day. But the size of the canal has been outdated for the size of some modern ships, despite the fact that many are built at «Panama scale»: 30 meters wide, 300 meters long and 12 meters wide.
The Panama Canal is considered one of the wonders of the modern world, and one of the cornerstones of the nation’s social and economic growth and development. Due to the geographical location of Panama, the Canal has become a key point for global transportation systems, connecting two oceans and all continents, and allowing the international trade of goods by sea.
With a century of operation, the Canal has demonstrated its capacity to be highly efficient, and reliable to the maritime industry. A continuous improvement process of investing in infrastructure, new equipment, technology and human capital has led to the development of one of the largest engineering projects of the decade: the Canal Expansion.
But the fact is, that even the first objective of the canal was to avoid the thousands of kilometers that surround South America, the expensive prices of Canal in the last months has propitiated that the ships prefer to sail around the Cape Horn. It seems awesome, right?