Panama Canal: May Update


A video released by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) recently shows the May update to the Panama Canal’s ongoing expansion programme, which is due to be complete in early 2016.

PTI previously reported on the April update of the project, where the project had just passed into the electro mechanical phase of its installation process.

The installation of 16 rolling gates began in December 2014 on both the Atlantic and Pacific entrances.

Currently, 152 valves are being installed, which are responsible for controlling the water flow, and the culverts and chambers.

To read more about the third lock expansion, click here

Three dams are also being built at the pacific side of the project, where one has been completed and the other two are on their final phase of construction.

Flooding of the new locks is set to begin in mid-2015 and will begin the compliance and operation testing period.

On February 1, 2015, the ACP implemented its new toll structure. The Panama Canal is also looking to set up a new training centre to facilitate increased capabilities by marine pilots operating along the canal.

Once complete, the Panama Canal expansion will enable Post-Panamax ships of around 13,000 TEU to traverse the new waterway.

See below for the video:

(Source: Panama Canal (YouTube))

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