Final canal gates arrive

Dec 5, 2014 by Guest Writer

The final shipment of gates for the new locks on the Panama Canal were delivered in mid-November, marking the final milestone before the expansion is complete.

“This is a major milestone for the Panama Canal Expansion since we now have all 16 rolling gates in Panama to be installed in the new locks,” said Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano. “With this expansion, the Panama Canal will remain competitive, opening new markets and possibilities for international trade through the waterway.”

The four gates arrived after a 25-day voyage from the Port of Trieste in Italy. They are expected to be moved into place by the end of the year. Two of the gates, to be installed in the Pacific locks, are the tallest of all 16 gates, measuring 33 meters tall. They will be used in lock head four facing the Pacific Ocean.

All gates have the same length of 57.6 meters but vary in height, width and weight depending on their location in the locks.

The third lane of traffic through the canal is expected to open in January 2016.

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