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Panama Canal inauguration postponed once again

It has now been made official that the inauguration of the expanded Panama Canal will not take place in April. The country's president has announced a new date while also putting pressure on the contractors to finish the work.

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The inauguration of the new and expanded Panama Canal will not happen before May this year and not, as has otherwise been reported for some time, in April. This was made evident in president Juan Carlos Varela's opening speech to Parliament in the country's capital this past weekend.

Spanish newspaper El Pais reports that the date for the canal's inauguration is now set to "around May 2016," but that this may just be the date for the ceremonial inauguration. It could, in other words, take even longer before container ships of up to 14,000 teu, along with bigger ships from other segments, can sail through the expanded canal.

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