Watching the world float by
The canal drives the Panamanian economy. Over one million ships have crossed the 80km span from one ocean to the other since its opening one hundred years ago this year. Watching the ships enter the locks with only 2 feet clearance is amazing. Tugs push and pull the boats into place with expert precision. The time to cross the system is about 12 hours, not including the wait to enter. As these workers show, the wait can be long, hot and boring.
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