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Panama Canal Expansion Update: First Gate Installed in Pacific New Locks

Date: 19-JAN-2015

  • THE FIRST GATE WILL BE INSTALLED IN LOCK HEAD ONE FACING GATUN LAKE
  • CANAL EXPANSION PROGRAM 85 PERCENT COMPLETE

PANAMA CITY, Panama, January 19, 2015 - Carried to its final destination on self-propelled motorized wheel transporters (SPMTs) with more than 400 wheels each, the first gate for the new locks in the Pacific side was installed earlier today, marking another important milestone for the Panama Canal Expansion Program. Overall, the Canal expansion is currently 85 percent complete.

This gate, located in what is known as lock head one, is the first of eight gates that will be installed in the new locks at the Pacific side of the waterway. The steel rolling gate is 8 meters wide, 57.6 meters long and 22.28 meters in height, weighing 2,300 tons.

"Today's installation marks an important step towards the completion of the Expansion Program," said Panama Canal Administrator/CEO Jorge L. Quijano. "This project will have an important impact on world maritime trade and will further position Panama as the logistic hub of the Americas."

The installation of the gates for the new locks began in December 2014 at the Atlantic side, where two gates have already been installed.

Upon completion, the two new lock complexes will have a total of 16 gates, eight in the Pacific and eight in the Atlantic.

About the Panama Canal Authority (ACP)

The ACP is the autonomous agency of the Government of Panama in charge of managing, operating and maintaining the Panama Canal. The operation of the ACP is based on its organic law and the regulations approved by its Board of Directors. For more information, please refer to the ACP's website: http://www.pancanal.com/. You can also follow us on Twitter @thepanamacanal.


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