Panama Canal Operations Continue Amid Wall Collapse


A wall has collapsed in the southern section of the Miraflores Locks, however, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) said recently that there is a steady pace of repair currently taking place, with a total of five weeks expected for repair works to be completed, according to Fox News Latino.

The ACP said: “All the canal's operations are continuing in an absolutely normal way. It is estimated that the first phase of the work will be completed in four or five weeks. That wall is not part of the basic structure of the lock; it was originally built as a containing wall to hold back earth from the original slopes along the banks.”

PTI previously reported that the Panama Canal Expansion project is moving ahead as planned and is due to be inaugurated on June 26, 2016.

The ACP recently launched a video which shows the details for the inauguration ceremony, which will firstly take place at Agura Clara Locks on the Atlantic side.

It was also reported that there is to be a new container terminal built in Colon, Panama by a Chinese consortium.

This construction project will be in addition to the Corozal Container Terminal Project, that four operators had recently pre-qualified for, to design, develop finance and construct.

In the latest video update, the Panama Canal showed that the construction of machinery rooms and control buildings is ongoing.

According to the ACP, dredging for the Atlantic and Pacific entrances is 100% completed, with the project 98% completed overall.

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