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COLLECTION 5
Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal
Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal
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Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal
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Photos by Joseph H. Krause

Since the Canal first opened on August 15, 1914, the waterway has provided quality transit service to more than 700,000 vessels. Despite the increase in the number and size of transiting vessels in recent years, the total time spent by a vessel at the Panama Canal still remains at slightly less than 24 hours. This remarkable level of performance can be attributed to the team of professionals trained to provide rapid transit service and to the timely implementation of improvements designed to interface with traffic demand. Some $10 million dollars is spent each year on training programs to prepare Panamanians for the operation and maintenance of the Canal. Today, Panamanians comprise more than 87 percent of the Canal's seasoned work force, and occupy positions in high-skill areas vital to the Canal organization.
 

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Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal
Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal
Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal Panama Canal

 
Of the thousands of vessels transiting the Canal each year, about 23 percent of the total ocean-going transits are by PAN-AMAX-size vessels, the largest vessels the waterway can accommodate. An optional transit reservation system is available upon request to provide a guaranteed priority transit. The nature of improvements to the Canal keenly reflect the ever increasing role of PAN-AMAX vessels in the movement of world commerce. Use of the all-water routes through the Panama Canal, will continue to be an important, cost-effective transportation mode for a significant segment of world trade.
 

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