40 Percent

Being a manufacturing geek, and lover of working on and solving PIA (Pain in the @%$) Jobs! I got to thinking about all the products that move about the world, especially shipping vessels afloat. With the high-volume straits in the news, I went online and tried to get a handle on volume, time travel on the water, and “who ships what where”. Something I didn’t know is that the US is the largest user of the Panama Canal – yep, about 40 percent of the traffic. I did some history digging and found some cool history – with US construction beginning on May 4th, 1904.  Clearly, the construction of the Panama Canal was a monumental engineering achievement that’s had a significant impact on global trade and transportation. To this day, the Panama Canal stands as a testament to human ingenuity and engineering prowess, playing a crucial role in global maritime trade and navigation. All of us need to realize that this was construction with 1920’s technology!  Special thanks to history.com and Wikipedia.com.

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