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Getting Ready for the The first of a two-part series on U.S. ports preparing for New Panamax, larger-capacity ships soon to be traveling their way. This article concentrates on East Coast port activity, while the November/December issue of Constructor will highlight the West and Gulf coasts. BY STEVEN H. MILLER, CDT AS CONSTRUCTOR REPORTED IN 2012, the Panama Canal is being expanded, and it is expected to affect shipping worldwide. The original canal, completed over 100 years ago, in 1914, set the global standard for the size of large cargo ships - known as the Panamax standard - a size that few ships exceeded until quite recently. But the rise of containerized shipping since the 1970s has made much larger cargo vessels practical and desirable. Ships that are wider and require deeper draft than Panama are proliferating. In order to reach the North American market from Asia, these ships must either make port on America's West Coast, or else take much longer routes to reach ports on the Gulf Coast and the East Coast, - around Cape Horn at the southern tip of Argentina, or through the Suez Canal - trips that take more time and more fuel, raising costs. 24 constructor | SEPTEM BER/ O CTO BER 2015 The Panama Canal expansion promises to change that situation, allowing ships with much larger capacities to transit the canal. Current size limits allow a ship with a capacity of less than 5,000 20-ft containers or TEUs (See "PANAMAX AND BEYOND"). The enlarged canal will allow ships with more than two-and-a-half times that capacity. The opportunity of providing a port for those ships and the business they carry has inspired massive renovation projects at ports around the U.S. On the East Coast and Gulf Coast, they're hoping to attract the new, larger Panama traffic from Asia, and to fill those ships with more U.S. exports through the canal to Asia and the west coast of South America. On the West Coast, they're enlarging and improving their capabilities in the hopes of keeping the shipping customers they now have, and serving vessels that are too big even for the enlarged Panama Canal.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - September/October 2015

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Lean in and Learn
Construction Corner
Getting Ready for the Big Ships
Old, New, Tried & True
Simonson Says
The Picture of Health
Technology Toolbox
Inside AGC
Workforce Shortage Report: Southern Region
Bringing the Los Angeles Hall of Justice Back to Life
Employee Benefit Selections Can Yield Greater Rewards
2015 Insurance Guide
Index to Advertisers
Final Inspection

Constructor - September/October 2015