Pilots' protest holds up shipping in Panama Canal
A protest by pilots who guide ships through the Panama Canal is causing unprecedented delays and bottlenecks in the waterway, according to reports from workers and shipping companies.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Some 250 canal pilots are going slow to push for higher wages and formal contracts.
A work slowdown by pilots who guide ships through the Panama Canal is causing unprecedented delays and creating a costly bottleneck for shipping companies, canal employees and shippers say.
Transit through the canal was resumed after temporary closing caused by heavy rains.
The Panama Canal Authority has forecast a 5 % drop in cargo tonnage going through the waterway as cargo transit has been badly hit by the crisis.
The beginning of studies has been announced for the development of a natural gas terminal and a wind farm in areas under the responsibility of the Panama Canal Authority.
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