Panama City Due to a sinking water level, the administration of the Panama Canal wants to collect a fee for the preservation of the fresh water there. Without appropriate measures, the water level of Lake Gatún would likely drop so far that the operation of the locks would be impaired, the canal administration announced on Monday.
2019 was the fifth rainiest year of the past seven decades in the catchment area. In addition, higher temperatures led to greater evaporation, it said. As of February 15, ships over 125 feet in length are said to pay an additional $ 10,000 per passage, as well as an additional amount depending on the state of the lake.
This and other measures are intended to ensure the availability of water and the reliability of sewer operations. The canal administration will invest in projects for a sustainable water supply, she said. On December 31, 1999, the United States returned administration of the canal to Panama.
At a ceremony to celebrate the 20th anniversary, the Panama Canal chief, Ricaurte Vásquez, described climate change as the greatest challenge for the waterway two weeks ago. The Panama Canal connects the Atlantic with the Pacific in the Central American country and is one of the most important waterways in the world. Around 14,000 ships pass through it each year, and about six percent of world trade is handled through it.
After the opening of the expanded Panama Canal in 2016, the waterway has three lock systems that raise the ships to the level of the artificial Gatún Lake, which is 28 meters above sea level, and then lower them again later. Since expansion, large tankers and freighters with up to 14,000 containers can also be channeled through the Panama Canal.
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