Maersk stands up for Nicaraguan canal
“Building a Nicaragua canal seems to make good sense. The canal is projected to have room for the biggest ships, while also saving 800km on a journey from New York to Los Angeles,” said Keith Svendsen, head of daily operations for Maersk, according to a report by maritime industry outlet Shippingwatch.com.
As someone who follows the local news, especially anything about the proposed interoceanic canal, this is a big deal.
I have been delving into the history of when the canal was first proposed by the National Geographic Society! This endorsement by the huge shipping company Maersk, is of some not inconsiderable import. This is definitely a game changer when the main customer of the proposed canal starts to publically support the endeavor.
If you click to read the article, there is an interesting point the Maersk head of daily operations, Keith Svendsen mentions, that not only would the canal handle the biggest ships, but it knocks 800 kilometers off of a typical New York to Los Angeles journey.
While I still find it difficult to understand how the environmental impacts can be mitigated, it does appear that this is just not a smokescreen for a skimming off the top series of environmental studies. Looks like they are serious about this!