Panama Canal to introduce fee on ships due to droughts

The Panama Canal has decided to impose a freshwater fee on ships to reduce the impact of low water levels.

The freshwater surcharge will come into effect on 15 February.

It has also announced various other measures to maintain the operational level of water, which has been severely affected due to changing rainfall patterns and low water levels at Gatun Lake.

The canal has received 20% lower rainfall compared to the all-time average. It was the fifth driest year in the past 70 years for the Panama...

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