The Expanded Panama Canal

The Panama Canal Expansion was the largest infrastructure project since the Canal’s opening in 1914. Considered and analyzed for a decade with more than 100 studies, the Expanded Canal provides the world’s shippers, retailers, manufacturers and consumers with greater shipping options, better maritime service, enhanced logistics and supply-chain reliability.

Since its inauguration on June 26, 2017, the Expanded Canal increases the waterway's capacity to meet the growing demand of maritime trade using larger vessels, which means that the Panama route provides important economies of scale.

The Expansion included the construction of a new set of locks on the Atlantic and Pacific sides of the waterway, creating a third lane of traffic and doubling the cargo capacity of the waterway. It also included the creation of the Pacific Access Channel, improvement to the navigational channels, and improvements to the water supply.

While the expanded locks are 70 feet wider and 18 feet deeper than those in the original Canal, they use less water due to water-savings basins that recycle 60 percent of the water used per transit. In line with its commitment to customer service, the Panama Canal will continue to provide the world with value for another century and beyond.

F.A.Q.

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS? Here you will find all the answers to your questions about the Panama Canal Expansion Program.

VIDEOS

EXPANSION VIDEOS Impressive aerial views from the new locks of the Panama Canal Expansion on the Pacific side.

PHOTOS

EXPANSION PHOTOS In this section you will be able to see many different photographs from the Expansion.

LIVE

WEBCAMS Here you can find links to all of our Panama Canal Expansion Webcams, from both the Pacific and the Atlantic side.