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Negotiations relating to a financial dispute on the Panama Canal Expansion project between the European building consortium GUPC, or Group United for the Canal, and the Panama Canal Authority, a government agency, broke down on Tuesday.  While it is unclear if work has completely stopped on the project, it is confirmed that the GUPC has reduced their work by at least 75 percent from when the consortium was working at full capacity.  Any delays to the expansion project will have far reaching economic impacts, particularly for ports on the Atlantic Ocean.  Many U.S. cities have already invested millions of dollars to increase the size of their docks in order to handle the larger ships passing through the expanded canal.  Liquefied natural gas producers from the Gulf of Mexico who are shipping their product to Asian markets must still travel around South America at Cape Horn, a two-week delay compared to crossing the Panama Canal.  Also, Panama will be able to increase its annual toll revenue from the canal from $1 billion to $4 billion once the project is finished.

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  • Date occured Tuesday, 04 February 2014
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:00

Bayonne Bridge to be Raised

The existing Bayonne Bridge connecting Bayonne, New Jersey and Staten Island, New York will undergo an amazing feat of engineering.  The road bed will be raised while the existing road is still open to traffic.  The purpose of the project is to provide more clearance for shipping vessels traveling along the Kill von Kull strait. Currently the bridge has a clearance of 151 feet, which is one of the lowest in the United States. After construction the bridge will be 215 feet above the water. The span runs across the busiest shipping channel on the east coast of the United States, and approximately 30 percent of shipping vessels from Maine to Florida pass under the bridge.  Due to the delay of the Panama Canal expansion project, the 2015 old road bed removal date will match up well with the opening of the new, wider canal.  The canal opening is expected to increase the average size of ships around the world (height and width), and many ports in the United States are expanding to accommodate the newer shipping vessels.

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  • Date occured Monday, 13 January 2014