The position of the Panama Canal in the global maritime transport

Perić, Marina (2015) The position of the Panama Canal in the global maritime transport. Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Geography.

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Abstract

Marine traffic is very important because it allows global connection and transport of goods to great distances. It has affected the development of world trade, encouraged littoralisation and enabled more versatile industry development. The Panama Canal is an artificial canal in the narrowest part of Central America – Isthmus of Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. Its construction enabled faster and safer travel from one ocean to another. It is one of the world's busiest waterways which makes up around 5% of world's marine traffic. Every year approximately 14000 ships with more than 3 million tons of merchandise pass through the canal. The canal needs to be reconstructed as it is not suitable for big tankers and container ships, it has reached its maximal capacity and further growth of traffic is not possible. Reconstruction began in 2009 and it is planned to double the canal's capacity. Purpose of this work is to show the position and significance of the Panama Canal in world's marine traffic and also to point out plans and perspective of its future development.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Keywords: The Panama Canal, marine traffic, Panama, the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, artifical channel
Supervisor: Jakovčić, Martina
Date: 2015
Number of Pages: 25
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Geography
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
Depositing User: dipl. bib. Ljljana Bajs
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 11:25
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2016 11:25
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/4462

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