China reacted frostily on Friday after Taiwan ally Panama said it had invited leaders from both China and self-ruled Taiwan to attend the inauguration of the expansion of the Panama Canal in late June, in what would be an awkward diplomatic encounter.
Panama Canal expansion
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced that it is training over one thousand workers on the operations of the new locks of the Panama Canal Expansion. Once these first training phase is completed, the courses will be standardized and offered to additional members of the workforce.
The largest infrastructure project since the waterway’s original construction, the Panama Canal Expansion Program consists of a new lane of traffic along the Canal through the construction of a new set of locks, increasing the waterway’s capacity.
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) hosted an Open Forum on 3rd March, giving shipping line representatives and steamship agents the opportunity to discuss the Panama Canal’s services once the expanded waterway begins operations.
The Panama Canal is set to open the Third Set of Locks expansion project in the second quarter of 2016, which will allow Suezmax tankers, carrying cargoes of up to 130,000 mt or 1 million barrels of petroleum liquids, to transit the waterway, a source said Friday. The current cargo limit is 55,000-60,000 mt.
The Panama Canal has announced that Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), the consortium responsible for the design and construction of the Third Set of Locks Project, has successfully completed testing of the reinforcements in sill #3 of the Cocolí locks.
Each lock chamber of Panama Canal will have three water-saving basins, which will reuse 60 percent of the water in each transit and use 7% less water than the existing locks.
The largest infrastructure project since the waterway’s original construction, the Panama Canal Expansion Program will create a new lane of traffic along the Canal through the construction of a new set of locks, increasing the waterway’s capacity.
Watch the process to fill the new channel that will connect Culebra Cut to the new locks in the Pacific side began, as part of the Panama Canal Expansion Program’s fourth phase of the Pacific Access Channel (PAC-4).