Maritime Policy & Management
(First paragraph) The 2016 opening of an expanded Panama Canal will allow for Post-Panamax containerships up to 12 500 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) in size to transit the Panama Canal. In response, some US East Coast container ports are having their channels and berths dredged deeper—to allow Post-Panamax containerships from Asia (transiting the expanded canal) to call at their ports. What are the implications for the US West Coast ports? Will there be a cargo shift from West Coast to East Coast ports? These topics as well as the impacts of other changes in global shipping lanes (e.g., the Suez Canal and the Arctic shipping lanes) on global trade and ports in the Post-Expansion Panama Canal Era were discussed in various sessions of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) 2014 Conference. This special issue is dedicated to the study of the above impacts. The goal of this special issue is to encourage research in this important area by highlighting the influence of the Panama Canal expansion to the global maritime sectors and examining the potentially dramatic changes in the Post-Expansion Era. Hence, five IAME conference papers and an additional paper by Ducruet are chosen for this reason.
Original Publication Citation
Wang, G. W. Y., Talley, W., & Brooks, M. R. (2016). Maritime economics in a post-expansion Panama Canal era. Maritime Policy & Management, 43(2), 161-163. doi:10.1080/03088839.2016.1133160
Wang, Grace W. Y.; Talley, Wayne; and Brooks, Mary R., "Maritime Economics in a Post-Expansion Panama Canal Era" (2016). Economics Faculty Publications. 39.