Over Hill Sailing Club
A couple of notes:They were already starting on the cut backs of the sides when I went through in 2008. So its been a long project and just immense. One of the delights of doing the transit is to see how difficult it must have been with pick and shovel, and how far back the surrounding hills had to be lowered to avoid avalanches
With the Nicaraguan one, I hope that comes off too. It would be good for trade, good for the world. But I sincerely hope is isn't such an expensive nightmare that the Panama has been, nor does is totally root that beautiful environment.
I can't wait to go back through Panama again, but if the new one has opened, I would be through there in a shot too
How Much Does It Cost to Go Through the Panama Canal? |Cargo ships are billed $82 per full container, $74 for an empty one. (So you really don’t want to have a lot of empties.) Then in a system that seems like it was copied from U.S. airlines, there are lots of extra fees on top of that. The ship passing by in the photo above was loaded with 3,800 containers, so here’s what the captain paid:
- $321,446 for the containers
- $11,445 for the work of 7 tugboats
- $4,745 for ground assistants
- $3,600 for ground wires
When they exit the other side of the canal, that transit alone will have added 1/3 of a $million to the cost of the goods on the ship. So if you’re in Boston getting coffee from Sumatra or a car from Korea, keep this in mind when you look at the price.