Panama Canal in Need of Immediate Repair


The extent of repair work needed to fix the Panama Canal could be more than previously thought, after the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) declared that no further construction work would be permitted by GUPC – the consortium overseeing the project – until all repair work has been completed, according to IHS Maritime 360.

The ACP said: “After careful examination of all the other sills in both lock complexes, GUPC stated that in addition to reinforcing the sill that presented the issue, they would also reinforce the first and second sill in the Cocoli Locks and the first three sills in the Atlantic-facing Agua Clara Locks as a preventative measure, though these sills have not presented any issue.”

Watch the September update of the Panama Canal

The ACP concluded: “GUPC verbally indicated that the completion date for the expansion project will remain April, 2016 as planned. However, the ACP is awaiting formal confirmation from GUPC, in the form of a comprehensive report, which should also include the root cause of the detected filtrations.”

Workers at the Panama Canal found a huge crack in the canal recently on the Pacific side, which is now causing uncertainty as to the true finish date for the expansion.

Daily Email Newsletter

Sign up to our daily email newsletter to receive the latest news from Port Technology International.

Supplier Directory

Be listed with industry leaders operating within Ports and Terminals

Webinar Series

Join 500+ attendees on average with a Port Technology International webinar

Latest Stories

Cookie Policy. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.