Canal expansion milestone with arrival of last gates

Last four gates mark Canal expansion milestone.

Last four gates mark Canal expansion milestone.

The Panama Canal expansion reached another major milestone with the arrival of the last four gates for the new locks.

In the presence of President Juan Carlos Varela, the four gates arrived at the Atlantic entrance of the canal aboard the pospanamax ship Xia Zhi Yuan, after a voyage of 25 days from the port of Trieste, Italy. The arrival of the last shipment completes the 16 gates that will be used in the new locks on the waterway.

“Today is an historic day for the Panama Canal that marks the beginning of the final stage of work on the expansion of the waterway,” said President Varela during a brief ceremony.

This group of gates includes two that will be used in the new Atlantic-side locks and the other pair for the Pacific-side locks.

The two gates for the Pacific are the highest of all the 16 units, measuring 33 meters high, 10 meters wide and weighing 4,232 tons.

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