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Panama Canal implements 10 knot speed limit to save the whales


The Panama Canal will promote the implementation of the International Maritime Organisation's (IMO) 10 knot speed limits to save the whales until November 30, according to Shipping Gazette.
With these measures, ships should proceed at no more than this speed in specified areas. Panama has monitored this requirement since December 1, 2014 when maritime traffic separation devices (TSS) were installed by both the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean entry points to the Canal.
"The Panama Canal is committed to sustainable development and the conservation of biodiversity, including the conservation of whales and dolphins. These measures seek not only to protect them from collisions with vessels," said canal administrator Jorge Quijano.
These recommendations are included in the Maritime Traffic Organisation publication issued by the IMO that aims to increase navigation safety in converging zones and areas of high-traffic density.
"The joint work and the holistic approach of the Canal's Green Route not only promote the preservation of biodiversity, but also contribute to national conservation efforts through commitments made to the IMO and international maritime transport community," said canal environmental specialist Alexis Rodriguez.

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