Panama Canal commemorates centenary of Culebra Cut dredging

  • Waterway celebrates 100 years since the last barrier was removed to allow the free movement of vessels

  • ACP releases video update of multi-billion dollar expansion

The Panama Canal is commemorating 100 years of dredging Culebra Cut, where the last barrier was removed during its construction for the free movement of vessels along the 80-kilometre waterway.

Then achievement has been heralded by Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano, who highlighted the significant role played by dredging to ensure the safe navigation through the waterway, even before its opening 100 years ago, at an event in Gamboa, headquarters of the Panama Canal Dredging Division.

“Dredging is key to ensure the safe and efficient navigation through the Panama Canal on its near 100 years of operation,” he said.

The Panama Canal Expansion project, set to double the capacity of the waterway by creating a new lane of traffic, is now nearly two thirds complete. The

Panama Canal Authority (ACP) released a video this week (see above) showing the progress of the project up to now. The multi-billion dollar project, expected to be completed in the second half of 2015, involves the construction of a third lane of traffic allowing the safe passage of larger post-Panamax vessels.

Video courtesy of Panama Canal Online

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