Canal projects

Nicaragua Grand Canal

Edwin Muchebve
Started by Edwin Muchebve on
21 Apr 2014 at 05:08
-, Estuarine & Coastal Engineering Laboratory, Yokohama National University
Know-how: Water & Wastewater, Irrigation Systems, Pumping System Design, Hydrodynamics & Water Quality, Pumps, Fluid Dynamics

The Nicaragua Canal (also referred to as the Nicaragua Grand Canal, or the Nicaragua Interoceanic Grand Canal) is a proposed shipping route through Nicaragua to connect the Caribbean Sea (and therefore the Atlantic Ocean) with the Pacific Ocean. Such a waterway would follow one or more rivers westward from Bluefields, a port on the Caribbean Sea to Morrito, a small town located on the eastern shore of Lake Nicaragua. After crossing Lake Nicaragua, ships would enter a manmade canal and navigate through the isthmus of Rivas to reach Brito, a port on the Pacific Ocean.

The canal project is being condemned from economic and environmental point of view. Any expert opinion on this project?

Some say Ortega’s canal would be the largest civil-engineering and construction project in the world.

Wired ran and article, "Why the Plan to Dig a Canal Across Nicaragua Could Be a Very Bad Idea" . The environmental impacts could be considerable. Environmental Resources Management has been contracted to conduct an environmental review, which is ongoing. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, an expert on transportation economics at Hofstra University, says, “At this point in time, from a commercial standpoint, this project does not make sense.” (

There are also concerns about the ability of the chosen contractor to complete the project. The 40-year old Chinese tycoon Wang Jing has been described as enigmatic and not altogether credible to be able to accomplish the project. ​(

Map: courtesy of Nature


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