Picture of the Day: Canal Works in Full Swing

The Panama Canal Expansion Program, largest infrastructure project since the waterway’s original construction, is nearly 90% complete and on track for 2016 opening.

At the moment, the Pacific Entrance and Atlantic Entrance dredging works are fully completed with Gatun Lake and Culebra Cut dredging project being 93% finished.

Last Friday, May 1, the sixteenth and final gate for the new locks was installed. The next milestone for the expanded Canal will occur when the new lock chambers are flooded.

The Expansion Program, based on six years of research and numerous studies, will create a new lane of traffic along the Canal through the construction of a new set of locks.

After the expansion the Post-Panamax vessels will be able to transit through the Canal, with up to 13,000 TEUs. This will double the Canal’s capacity, having a direct impact on economies of scale and international maritime trade.

 

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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