The Panama Canal Expansion Program is inaugurated with 30,000 people assembled to witness the historic transit of Neopanamax containership, COSCO Shipping Panama.
Neopanamax dry bulk carrier MN Baroque arrives in Panama to begin conducting daily trial lockages through the Atlantic-side Agua Clara Locks for testing and training purposes.
The Third Set of Locks officially passes all performance tests and is now functionally complete, allowing for safe, efficient and reliable operation of the new locks.
Following a rigorous and methodical testing process, the testing of Agua Clara’s water-savings basins is successfully completed.
The 6.3-kilometer-long Pacific Access Channel is joined to Culebra Cut after the removal of the plug of land separating the two bodies of water.
The New Pacific Access Channel reaches the level of Gatun Lake.
The filling of the fourth phase of the Pacific Access Channel (PAC-4) begins to connect Culebra Cut with the new Pacific locks.
The Expansion Program nears completion with the filling of both the Atlantic and Pacific locks and the first gate testing.
The 16th and final gate for the new Pacific-side locks is installed.
The first of eight gates for the new Pacific-side locks is installed.
Installation of the gates for the new locks of the Panama Canal successfully begin on the Atlantic side of the waterway.
The final shipment of four gates arrives in Panama.
The first gate for the Pacific-side locks, weighing 2,300 tons, begins transit through the Panama Canal.
The first four gates for the new locks arrives from Italy to the waterway’s Atlantic side.
Both maritime entrances to the Canal are now wider and deeper, ready for Neo Panamax transit. In total, 26 million cubic meters of material were extracted.
After two years and 4 million cubic meters of material were extracted, Belgian company Jan De Nul n.v. delivers the northern entrance of the Pacific Access Channel.
Fourteen gates at the Gatun spillway are extended. Their new height will be key for the raising of Gatun Lake’s maximum operating level.
Belgian contractor Dredging International of Panama, S.A. completes the dredging process of 4 million cubic meters of material on northern Gatun Lake.
The new Neo Panamax channel is partially flooded. Approximately 1.4 million cubic meters of water were needed to fill up an area of 1300 acres.
Structural concrete pouring begins on the third set of the locks project.
The Canal’s Advisory Board and Board of Directors inspected a physical model of the new set of locks in Lyon, France. The functional model used a 12.2 meter-long ship to perform the lock filling and emptying tests.
Dredging International N.V. has been awarded the contract to dredge approximately 4.6 million cubic meters of material from Panama Canal’s Gatun Lake.
Contractor Jan De Nul N.V. has been awarded the contract to dredge the Canal’s Atlantic entrance of approximately 14.8 million cubic meters of material, expanding the Atlantic entrance channel to at least 225 meters wide.
Grupo Unidos por el Canal has been awarded the contract to design and build the Canal’s new set of locks, the largest and most important Expansion contract to date, costing approximately $3.1 billion.
The Panama Canal Expansion Program breaks ground with a protocol blast in Paraiso Hill in the first ever expansion of the 100-year-old waterway.