22 DECEMBER 1997. PANAMA: CLIMATE (DROUGHT AND CANAL)

James Wilson of the Financial Times reports that the Panama Canal Commission may restrict access to the canal for shipping, starting in February. At present ships with up to 39.5 ft of draught can use the canal and ships over 39 feet represent 8% of traffic. In February this will fall to 39 feet and might eventually go as far as 35 or 36 feet. The restriction is likely to last until July.

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