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The Nicaraguan trans-oceanic canal

June 2015

In a collaboration between the Nicaraguan government and Chinese industry, a new 300km canal is set to be dug linking the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans

In a collaboration between the Nicaraguan government and Chinese industry, a new 300km canal is set to be dug linking the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Since the 1560s there have seventy three canal proposals, and those of the last fifty years have been plagued by unreliable and ineffective funding streams. However, at three times longer than the Panama canal and in places more than twice as deep, this successful proposal has been dubbed "the world's biggest civil engineering project" (Watts, 2015) by HKND,  the lone Chinese Company that is going to dig, maintain and manage operations across the central American nation until 2070.


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