Panama Canal Expansion

The Panama Canal Expansion is the largest project at the Canal since its original construction. The project will create a new lane of traffic along the Canal through the construction of a new set of locks, doubling capacity and allowing more traffic. The existing locks allow the passage of vessels that can carry up to 5,000 TEUs. After the expansion the Post-Panamax vessels will be able to transit through the Canal, with up to 13,000 TEUs. The Expansion will double the Canal’s capacity, having a direct impact on economies of scale and international maritime trade.
The Program consists of several components:

• New Locks (Third Set of Locks)
• Pacific Access Channel
• Improvement of Navigational Channels (Dredging)
• Improvements to Water Supply
The Panama Canal expansion is based on six years of research, which included more than 100 studies on the economic feasibility, market demand, environmental impact and other technical engineering aspects. Works on the Panama Canal Expansion began on September 2007 at a total cost of US$5.2 billion.

Panama Canal Expansion Progress

Project - March 31, 2014 - 74%
Pacific Access Channel - 82%
Pacific Entrance Dredging - 100%
Gatun Lake and Culebra Cut Dredging - 86%
Atlantic Entrance Dredging - 100%
Design and Construction of the Third Set of Locks - 68%
Raisin Gatun Lake's Maximum Operating Level - 69%

F.A.Q.

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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.