THE TRAF­FIC OF VESSELS THROUGH THE PANAMA CA­NAL WENT 5 PERCENT UP

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IN 2017, EXACTLY 13,666 SAILED THROUGH THE PANAMA CA­NAL, WHICH IS A 5 PERCENT INCREASE IF COMPARED TO

THE FI­GU­RE REPORTED BACK IN 2016, AC­COR­DING TO THE NUMBERS PROVIDED BY THE STA­TIS­TICS AND CENSUS INS­TI­TU­TE (INEC IS THE SPA­NISH ACRONYM), AND ENTITY MANAGED BY THE GE­NE­RAL FINANCE OF­FI­CE OF THE REPUBLIC, AND SPREAD BY LA ES­TRE­LLA DE PA­NA­MÁ.

THIS GROWTH WAS MAINLY BOOSTED BY DEEP-DRAFT SHIPS. UP TO DECEMBER 2017, THE CA­NAL WAS SAILED THROUGH BY 12,112 DEEP-DRAFT VESSELS, WHI­LE 11,568 SI­MI­LAR SHIPS WE­RE REPORTED IN THE SA­ME PERIOD OF 2016. WHEN COMPARING BOTH YEARS, 2017 FINISHED 544 VESSELS OR 4.7 PERCENT UP.

On the ot­her hand, the INEC poin­ted out that the traf­fic of sha­llow-draft ships al­so de­li­ve­red po­si­ti­ve figures in this period. So­me 1,554 ships of this ty­pe went through this wa­ter­way, whi­le 1,447 we­re coun­ted in 2016, so it is a 7.4 percent increase.

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