The Plan to Expand

Andrea Gawrylewski

At present, the maximum dimensions for a ship passing through the locks is 32 m wide by 294 m long, with a 12 m draft depth. After construction, the new larger locks will be able to accommodate ships that are up to 49 m wide, 366 m long, with a 14 m draft depth.

Two new sets of locks will be built near the Gatun locks and the Miraflores locks. The Third Lock Lake will be excavated for the new set of locks near Miraflores locks.

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