Leaking Locks Might Delay Opening of Expanded Panama Canal

The cracks detected in the third set of locks could delay the opening of the expanded Panama Canal set for April 2016, Reuters quoted Panama Canal Authority’s Deputy Administrator Manuel Benitez as saying.

Benitez said that the delays ”are likely” and that he is waiting for an update from Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), the consortium in charge of the construction of the third set of locks.

The cracks in the Cocoli Locks on the canal’s Pacific side had been detected last month, and the Panama Canal Authority said that it would not accept the project until all necessary repairs are conducted by GUPC.

The USD 5.8 billion project is now 93% complete, the Authority says. Once complete, the expanded Panama Canal will be able to accommodate Post-Panamax vessels, including container ships of up to 13,000 TEUs, more than doubling the existing maximum size of 5,000 TEU.

World Maritime News Staff

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>

Events>

<< Dec 2019 >>
MTWTFSS
25 26 27 28 29 30 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31 1 2 3 4 5

Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology

As varied threats in the Mediterranean Sea continue to proliferate, the need to advance…

read more >

2nd GREENTECH IN SHIPPING GLOBAL FORUM

Forum you will find out from the regulators, government bodies and major ports’ representatives what the near…

read more >

7th Annual Arctic Exchange

Every year the Exchange invites delegates from across the globe to come together to listen to key senior management teams…

read more >