Shippers bringing toys or furniture from China to ports on the East Coast of the USA sometimes must loiter for days before transiting the 50-mile route. The largest cargo carriers, known as “post-Panamax” ships, are too wide to fit through the 92-year-old canal at all.
[…] the canal authority is proposing a $5.25 billion project that would double the canal’s capacity by adding a deeper, wider third lane.
According to the article, a typical container ship will pay $65,000 in fees to get through the canal. It’s based on size, because in 1936, some guy paid 36-cents to swim it.