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Traffic jam at the Panama Canal

The Panama Canal is one of the most important bottlenecks for international shipping. Approximately five percent of world trade is now handled through the canal, and two thirds of all ships that pass through the canal come from or go to the USA. Thanks to the Panama Canal, international shipping routes have been shortened by weeks or even months. Merchant ships, cruise ships, sailing ships and warships no longer have to sail around Cape Horn, which is feared as a ship graveyard with its wild storms and untameable waves, but can cross the continent in a day. The canal is fed with fresh water from two reservoirs: Lake Gatún and Lake Alajuela. These also supply the two million Panamanians who live in the center of the country. The population and the ships compete for the water. For a long time, this was no cause for concern, as tropical Panama is one of the rainiest countries in the world and the reservoirs were always well filled. However, everything changed last year with the El Niño climate phenomenon.

Published in the magazine “Reportagen”, issue #77.

https://reportagen.com/reportage/stau-am-panamakanal

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Along Cubas wild south coast

Along the south coast of Cuba we feel like lonely explorers of uninhabited islands and untouched underwater worlds. The Jardines de la Reina, the Queen’s Gardens, rich in fish and corals, are a highlight of our underwater expeditions. We wrote an article about our discoveries in and above the sea on Cuba’s southern coasts.

Published in the magazine “Silent World”, issue 69.

https://silentworld.eu/heute-erscheint-die-neue-ausgabe-silent-world-3-2023/

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How to buy an island

In February 2023, we anchored off the small Caribbean island of Barbuda. Other sailors had told us that we would find the last untouched paradise of the Caribbean here. Indeed: crystal clear water, white and turquoise sandy beaches. But soon we noticed that many sections of the beach were inaccessible. “Private Property” signs were everywhere. Yet the island is also so special because the land belongs to everyone, is managed by everyone and should be accessible to everyone. What was going on in paradise? Karin started researching and came across a story that is representative of those on many other dream islands and places in the world. The report was published in the magazine “Reportagen” in September 2023.

Published in the magazine “Reportagen”, issue #72.

https://reportagen.com/reportage/wie-man-eine-insel-kauft/

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