Centenary of the Panama Canal, 100 years of logistics revolution

Centenary of the Panama Canal, 100 years of logistics revolution

On August 15, 2014, 100 years will have gone by since the inauguration in 1914 of what was, and still is, one of the most important engineering works in the world: the Panama Canal.

Maritime goods transport plays a vital role in today´s international logistics, providing a service for a global market, being, by far, the most economical method of transport logistics and the one most used in international exports.

With the exponential growth of e-commerce, the supply chain faces greater and greater demands at the customer´s end, needing to have stock both on the metal racks of the urban logistics warehouses and in the automated warehouses and pallet warehouses at the large distribution centres.

With market globalisation, the movement of cargoes between continents has increased in volume and importance and the Panama Canal continues to play a decisive role.

The logistics interest in a canal which would join the Atlantic and Pacific

The interest in a canal which would enable the American continent to e crossed arose at the beginning of the XVI century. After drawing up the plans to establish a route between both oceans it was considered to be an impossible task for the times.

It was not until the end of the XIX century when a French initiative started up the first attempt to construct a canal. Far from being finalised, several more years were to go by until, at the beginning of the XX century, the United States started the construction of what was to be the Panama Canal, officially inaugurated on August 15, 1914.

The extension to the Panama Canal and the Post-Panamax

With the increase in globalisation and the economy of scale, the use of larger and larger cargo vessels was encouraged, giving rise to the Post-Panamax, so called because they were over and above the maximum size necessary to be able to cross the canal, which led to the extension to the Panama Canal being considered.

This initiative has been under way since 2006 and is forecast to be finished at the beginning of 2016 and will provide the canal with a third set of locks with a capacity for larger vessels which will enable the volume of traffic to be increased considerably through the entire canal.

ATOX metal racking in Panama

ATOX Storage Systems, with more than 50 years’ experience, is a leading manufacturer of metal racking and automated warehouse solutions on an international level, making outstanding contributions to the optimisation of the supply chain.

With a wide-reaching presence in both Europe and Latin America, ATOX has shown its commitment and dedication to the development and enrichment of the institutional and trade relations between Panama and Spain. The fruit of this is the fact that ATOX Storage Systems houses the offices of the Panamanian Consulate at its installations in Gijón.