The Panama Canal is approaching full capacity. Already the canal is obsolete in the sense?
Aerial view Panama Canal.
SV Lazy monkey and PAN to Madden Dam
CU Sign French Cemetery.
GV People watching ship.
CU PAN Ship going through canal pulled by electric mules (2 shots)
SV PAN People on bridge of ship
SV Ship's flag.
SV PAN Operating room (2 shots)
GV Miraflores lock closing.
SV Security helicopter
CU Lock gates closed.
SV Local people on beach and PAN to canal.
Initials CO.18.15 JL/CO/18.37
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Background: The Panama Canal is approaching full capacity. Already the canal is obsolete in the sense that the new large tankers and aircraft carriers are unable to pass through, due to the narrowness of the canal and its locks. In addition, the system of locks, which raises and lowers ships as they pass through the canal, is thought to be vulnerable to sabotage or direct attack.
Recently, a United States Presidential Commission Report urged the construction of a new sea level canal across Panama. The Commission proposed that the new canal be completed by 1990 at a cost of nearly three billion dollars.