Panama Canal Expansion Progress Rapidly

Currently at 93.1% completion, the Panama Canal Expansion Program continues to rapidly progress.

This month, the filling of the fourth phase of the Pacific Access Channel (PAC-4) began, bringing Culebra Cut one step closer to connecting with the new Pacific-facing locks.

The new channel is 6.1 kilometers long and 218 meters wide, and it is located 9 meters above the level of Miraflores Lake. This will be the channel Neo Panamax vessels take to bypass Miraflores Lake at the completion of the expansion.

The filling process is expected to take approximately 20 days to complete, as water levels rise between 0.5 and 1.0 meter per day. Once the area is filled, the condition of the dam will be tested and verified before removing the plug that separates the new access channel from the current.

According to Panama Canal Administrator. Jorge L Ouijano, the new Pacific Access Channel is nearly ready to accommodate the larger Neo Panamax vessels that will transit through the waterway.

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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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