Like tossing a regulation hotdog down a precisely-fitted hallway.

Time-Lapse Video of Panama Canal Traffic:


See also: Maximum Battleships.

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14 Responses:

  1. Dan says:

    I was surprised at how little traffic there was...I counted just 24 ships.

    • Nick Lamb says:

      Total transits are about 30-40 per day, so I guess this was a quiet day if you counted correctly.

      A major container or bulk freight port might handle 2-3 ships on a busy day. A cruise liner port, often no more than one per week. So 24 is still a lot.

    • d.w. says:

      I suspect the gating (ugh) factor is the time to fill and drain the locks.

      The Wikipedia article is fascinating.

  2. LafinJack says:

    This form says it doesn't allow iframe tags, and Youtube won't give the the embed code, so...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW9Frtkqy3Y

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Xstd3_0usI

  3. Ronald Pottol says:

    It's called panamax, a ship designed to be as big as possible and still be allowed to use the canal. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panamax

  4. kwk says:

    A man, a plan, a canal.

    • cfs says:

      Ha-ha! Many can play at that game! (Courtesy of Dan Hoey via Peter van der Linden)

      A man, a plan, a caret, a ban, a myriad, a sum, a lac, a liar, a hoop, a pint, a catalpa, a gas, an oil, a bird, a yell, a vat, a caw, a pax, a wag, a tax, a nay, a ram, a cap, a yam, a gay, a tsar, a wall, a car, a luger, a ward, a bin, a woman, a vassal, a wolf, a tuna, a nit, a pall, a fret, a watt, a bay, a daub, a tan, a cab, a datum, a gall, a hat, a fag, a zap, a say, a jaw, a lay, a wet, a gallop, a tug, a trot, a trap, a tram, a torr, a caper, a top, a tonk, a toll, a ball, a fair, a sax, a minim, a tenor, a bass, a passer, a capital, a rut, an amen, a ted, a cabal, a tang, a sun, an ass, a maw, a sag, a jam, a dam, a sub, a salt, an axon, a sail, an ad, a wadi, a radian, a room, a rood, a rip, a tad, a pariah, a revel, a reel, a reed, a pool, a plug, a pin, a peek, a parabola, a dog, a pat, a cud, a nu, a fan, a pal, a rum, a nod, an eta, a lag, an eel, a batik, a mug, a mot, a nap, a maxim, a mood, a leek, a grub, a gob, a gel, a drab, a citadel, a total, a cedar, a tap, a gag, a rat, a manor, a bar, a gal, a cola, a pap, a yaw, a tab, a raj, a gab, a nag, a pagan, a bag, a jar, a bat, a way, a papa, a local, a gar, a baron, a mat, a rag, a gap, a tar, a decal, a tot, a led, a tic, a bard, a leg, a bog, a burg, a keel, a doom, a mix, a map, an atom, a gum, a kit, a baleen, a gala, a ten, a don, a mural, a pan, a faun, a ducat, a pagoda, a lob, a rap, a keep, a nip, a gulp, a loop, a deer, a leer, a lever, a hair, a pad, a tapir, a door, a moor, an aid, a raid, a wad, an alias, an ox, an atlas, a bus, a madam, a jag, a saw, a mass, an anus, a gnat, a lab, a cadet, an em, a natural, a tip, a caress, a pass, a baronet, a minimax, a sari, a fall, a ballot, a knot, a pot, a rep, a carrot, a mart, a part, a tort, a gut, a poll, a gateway, a law, a jay, a sap, a zag, a fat, a hall, a gamut, a dab, a can, a tabu, a day, a batt, a waterfall, a patina, a nut, a flow, a lass, a van, a mow, a nib, a draw, a regular, a call, a war, a stay, a gam, a yap, a cam, a ray, an ax, a tag, a wax, a paw, a cat, a valley, a drib, a lion, a saga, a plat, a catnip, a pooh, a rail, a calamus, a dairyman, a bater, a canal…

  5. Thomas J. says:

    So where does the time between 9:00 and 11:00 go? There's a ship about to enter the lock and then some video is simply missing.

  6. Jeremy Leader says:

    That's when the shiploads of empty body bags go through, escorted by the black helicopters. Every day from 9-11.

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