April 6, 2016 - The Panama Canal has reached 97% of completion overall and some areas completed. The official opening of the canal is expected to be in late June, 2016. There have many delays due to labor, contract, and financing problems causing a two year over run but the end is nearing.
See the video above for the official Panama Canal news and below for the canal operations.
Transits Through Expanded Panama Canal
Panama Canal- Transit Passage
The Panama Canal Expansion project is expected to have major positive effects for Panama, Central America, the Caribbean basin and North America.
Proposed Route of the Nicaraguan Canal
April 6, 2016 - The Nicaragau Grand Canal has come to a halt after private Chinese investment has faltered due to falling fortunes of the Chinese stock market. Instead, the government of Nicarugau is talking about other private investment through stock offerings. They are hoping to restart the support facilites construction in the fall of 2016.
It is anybodys guess whether there will be a canal built in Nicaragua or not.
Documentary for the Grand Canal of Nicaragua
The Suez Canal Expansion
January 12, 2016 - Egypt has opened the canal in ceremonies August 6, 2015. Now comes the time for building of canal and Egyptian infrastructure for new ports and communications to build up commerce for Egypt and the Middle East. Egypt is receiving help for financing these latest projects through neighboring Arab countries. No timetable has been set for these projects.
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