Notebook of Panama July 2016

July 21st, 2016
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Canal expansion

The Panama Canal’s third set of locks was opened officially on June 26th, 2016, when the “Andronikos”, a container ship measuring 300m in length with a gross tonnage of 94,300 tons transited for the first time, converting this tiny country into the most important shipping and logistics hub of the region. The new locks on the Atlantic side are named Agua Clara and on the Pacific side Cocolí.

The expansion, the largest project undertaken by the Canal since its original construction, created a new lane of traffic, doubling the waterway’s capacity. It took nine years to complete and was built by the consortium, Grupo Unido por el Canal (GUPC) at a cost $5,250 million. The third set of locks allows mega ships to transit through the Canal, with up to 13,000/14,000 TEUs, while the original locks, Miraflores and Pedro Miguel, will continue to handle the smaller vessels that can carry up to 5,000 TEUs.

Aerial view of Agua Clara locks on the Atlantic side. Aerial view of Agua Clara locks on the Atlantic side.The Blarney Stone in Panama City.Tourist enjoy vehicle-free Casco Antiguo.Mordida del Burro logo.Aerial view of Agua Clara locks on the Atlantic side.The Blarney Stone in Panama City.Mordida del Burro logo.

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