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Broadening and deepening opened Panama Canal

Source: transport-online.nl

PANAMA CITY – The Panama Canal is widened and deepened Sunday inaugurated. In the presence of Heads of Government and Ministers Panama opens the channel between the Pacific and Atlantic little later with an official meeting. On behalf of the Netherlands Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher present.

Last year 960 million cubic meters of cargo transported through the canal, a record. The widening can now be sailed annually by 1.7 billion cubic meters of cargo between the two oceans. The huge ships in the old channel could carry up to 5,000 shipping containers, the new so-called Panamaxes can carry 13,000 containers.

The widening and deepening of the channel has worked since 2007. The costs are converted more than 5 billion euros. The Dutch engineering company IV-Groep designed the doors of the new locks.

A Chinese container ship was the first vessel which sailed the updated version of the channel. The first accident was quickly born. Nineteen people were injured in a collision between a tug and a privévaartuig near the port city of Balboa.

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