In Which Directions Do Ships Travel When They Pass Through the Panama Canal?

Ships travel in a general north and south direction through the Panama Canal, not east and west.

A look at a map of the isthmus of Panama makes it clear why.

While the Pacific Ocean is west of the isthmus and the Atlantic to the east, the 8 to 10 hour journey through the canal from the Pacific to the Atlantic is one from southeast to northwest.

in which directions do ships travel when they pass through the panama canal

As demand is rising, the canal is positioned to be a significant feature of world shipping for the foreseeable future.

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