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New gates arrive for the expanded Panama Canal

New gates arrive for the expanded Panama Canal
The gates are being shipped four at a time from Italy

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 on the Atlantic side and will be transported to their final position using the same self-propelled motorised wheel transporters (SPMTs) that are used to load and unload from the ship.

The new locks of the expanded Panama Canal have a total of 16 rolling gates (eight for each new lock complex) which are being shipped four at a time from Italy. They will be unloaded onto a temporary dock until ready for installation.

The Panama Canal Expansion which is 62% complete involves the construction of a third lane of traffic allowing the passage of Post-Panamax vessels, which will double the Canal’s capacity.