The first steel rolling gate has been installed on the new locks on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal Expansion Program, marking another milestone in the massive project.
The massive steel gates weigh on average 3,400 tons and vary in size depending on their location (Pacific or Atlantic) and their position on the locks chambers. The tallest of all gates is 33.04 meters high, the equivalent of an 11-story building.
Unlike the current canal, which uses miter gates, the expanded canal will have steel rolling gates.
The accompanying photos show the installation of the massive gate:
Dredging Today Staff