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  • The New Panama Canal

    As you may have been aware the Panama Canal has been expanded and are now ready to be opened for transit of by larger ships than before.
    The first test passage has already been performed: https://gcaptain.com/imo-gearing-up-...Captain.com%29

    But the vessel to be passing as the first official vessel for opening this coming Sunday, 26. June 2016 will be the COSCO Panama: https://www.porttechnology.org/news/...panama_transit

    This will eventually change shipping, especially for the US, although only a few ports on the US Gulf and East Coast are ready to receive the larger container vessels yet.

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    It has been officially opened: https://gcaptain.com/panama-inaugura...nsion-project/

    Now is left to see if the increased traffic will justify the costs and if the shipping routes and trades will actually be as affected as predicted: https://gcaptain.com/panama-canal-ex...m-coal-to-gas/

    Maersk Line is positive and will increase it's use of the canal: http://fairplay.ihs.com/commerce/art...h-panama-canal

    Here is how it was built, in two minutes: https://gcaptain.com/panama-inaugura...nsion-project/
    Last edited by ombugge; June 27th, 2016, 14:16. Reason: Add link

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    • #3
      I haven't seen any time laps video of the COSCO Panama passage yet, but here is the next best thing: https://gcaptain.com/photos-inaugura...nal-expansion/

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      • #4
        OK here is the missing time laps video of the inaugural COSCO Panama crossing: https://gcaptain.com/first-transit-t...Captain.com%29

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        • #5
          Did you also see the timelapse video which they created for the major part of the building?

          I can't find it again now, but I think I got the link from gcaptain or maritime.no

          I'm sure you have already seen it.
          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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          • #6
            There is a bit of controversy here in the US, especially in Florida. Many states have upgraded their ports in anticipation of the larger ships. Most states have one port but Florida has many more. Now with a flat economy those ports are competing against each other and against the ports on the west coast that have stepped up their game to compete.

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            • #7
              There are several ports on the US East &Gulf Coasts who have,or are in the process of, deepening the habours and approaches to accept larger ships, whether arriving via the Panama canal or not, but few which has sufficient container cranes to handle the larger Post-Panamax Container ships (12-14,000 TEUs): http://www.morethanshipping.com/are-...nal-expansion/
              (Few cranes able to reach across 22 rows of containers means slow turn-around time, thus making the advantage of large ships less)

              There are none anywhere in North America which is ready for the Ultra Large Container Carriers of the future: http://www.maritime-executive.com/ed...container-ship
              In fact few ports anywhere are ready for those.

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            • #8
              An amazing youtube video from the construction of the new PANAMA CANAL... a so-called TIME LAPSE video... perhaps the best one I have seen from the construction so far:

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXS3BVQTgEU
               
              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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              • #9
                It is a tight fit: https://gcaptain.com/watch-drone-vid...Captain.com%29

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                • #10
                  An excursion to view the new Panama Canal

                  Monday 6th February 2017

                  On the day before the transit of the canal aboard Serenissima, I made an excursion choice which included the Canal Expansion Observation Centre. This is situated south of Colón at the Atlantic (Caribbean) end of the canal, and is near the shore of Gatun Lake with a splendid view of the now-operational Agua Clara Locks. It is now re-named as the Agua Clara Visitor Centre.



                  The location, from Google Earth.

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                    The visitor centre is in a landscaped park-like setting, and I think there is even a short rainforest trail with sloths and monkeys, no doubt popular with families, but I was totally focussed on things 'ship' at this stage in the cruise!



                    There are picnic areas and a cafe and restaurant. We were provided with picnic boxes which most of us saved until the return to our buses, our excellent timing being such as to catch a ship in the locks.

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                    • #12


                      Other facilities at the visitor centre include a video presentation explaining the canal expansion project, and a gift shop.




                      Terraces look down on the Agua Clara locks, and over Gatun Lake.

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                      • #13


                        Unlike the original canal locks, the new Post-Panamax locks have rolling gates (which will be easier to maintain), a lateral filling and emptying system, and water saving basins.

                        The water level is rising in the chamber on the right of the photo...



                        ...where the tanker Maria Energy. IMO9659725, in the last lock chamber before Gatun Lake, is waiting to head in the direction Atlantic to Pacific.

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                          The vessels are assisted by tugs, rather than locomotives as used in the original system.
                          Tug Cerro Campana is at the bow.



                          Views looking back show the tug at her stern, the other lock chambers and the control tower.

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                          • #15


                            The lock gates start to roll back into their concrete recesses...



                            ...and the ship is ready to move forward.

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