I doubt this will surprise anyone but the canal project has been delayed. I saw the news a couple of days ago but was waiting for an article with a bit more information. It's looking like that article will not be here soon so I picked one in Ship and Bunker to toss out the idea.
The article also mentions delays in the Panama Canal upgrade project. No surprise in either.
Canal authority head Manuel Coronel Kautz said more time is needed to set a route and conduct feasibility studies, and the project will "probably" start next year.
We continue to see comments about Wang Jing not having the needed experience with large construction projects. Having started a publishing business with no experience in publishing I continue to see this as a bit strange. To me, it's a lot like saying NASA will never land on the moon because they have no experience landing on the moon or Linus Torvalds will never create an operating system because he had never created one before.
There are also comments about how the proposed canal is bigger than the Suez or Panama canals. I would hope that we, as people, would think that doing something that hasn't been done before would be possible. I think it is called progress.