Demand for Dutch expertise on Nicaragua Canal
Published: 30 July 2014
More capacity is needed to cope with ever larger ships
Nicaragua is planning to build a canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, like the Panama Canal. The new canal will boost not only the Nicaraguan economy but also the global economy. The growing world population and increasing prosperity in countries like India and China is fuelling demand for transport by water with very large bulk and container vessels. In order to accommodate ever larger ships, the Panama Canal is now being widened. But even when that job is completed, it will not be able to facilitate the largest container ships presently sailing our seas, let alone the vessels of the future.
Deltares contributes to feasibility studies of the plans, and identifies potential obstacles and possible solutions. The ships will have to overcome a height difference of approximately 31 metres via locks from the Atlantic Ocean through Lake Nicaragua to the Pacific. The feasibility studies are expected to be finished before the end of this year.