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How Many Tons of Coal Passed Through The Panama Canal in 2011?

Canal Daily OperationBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Received today via email: "Does the PC Authority keep records of cargoes passing the Canal? If so, could I find out how many tons of coal passed each direction in FY 2011? Thank you."

Editor's Comment: Coal is shipped around the world in "bulk" carriers. These ships have large holds designed to allow for the cargo to be just dumped in, and doors that open so cranes can unload from above. I was able to find this link on the Panama Canal website - Principal Commodities Shipped through the Panama Canal Fiscal Years 2009, 2010, 2011 (Thousands of Long Tons*). It seems that in FY 2011 a total of 14,209 (thousands of long tons) of coal and related products passed through the Panama Canal. Of that, 10,463 went Southbound (Atlantic to Pacific) and another 3,746 went Northbound (Pacific to Atlantic). One "long ton" is equal to 1,016.04691 kilograms. And the cargo is being expressed in "thousands of long tons" so add three zeros = so that's more than 14.2 million long tons. Hope this answers your question. Surf through the data on the Panama Canal website for more...

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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