In a major milestone for the Panama Canal Expansion Program, the first four gates for the new locks arrived from port of Trieste, Italy to the waterway’s Atlantic side on board the semi-submersible vessel STX Sun Rise this morning.
“This is an exciting moment for the Panama Canal – the arrival of the new gates marks a great progress for this engineering project,” Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano said. “With the Expansion, we will further reinforce our position as the maritime and logistics hub of the Americas.”
Built by subcontractor Cimolai SpA, the first four gates are 57.6 m long, 10 m wide and 30.19 m high, and weigh an average of 3,100 tons. They will be installed in the middle chamber of the new locks in the Atlantic side.
via News – PanCanal.com.