FMC’s Bentzel Weighs Red Sea-Panama Canal Probe

U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner Carl Bentzel said he is considering an investigation into the impact of impeded access for merchant vessels attempting to traverse the Suez and Panama canals.During an FMC hearing Feb. 7 on the impacts resulting from conditions in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden regions, Bentzel suggested including the “equally challenging impacts” of reduced transit through the drought-stricken Panama Canal.“Not since, the days of the Barbary ... [+]

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