Today ArcticTropic accompanied the delegation from Enterprise Florida on a tour of the Panama Canal. The Canal, which just celebrated its’ 100th Anniversary is undergoing a major expansion -PANAMAX – which will triple capacity and allow much larger container ships to traverse between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Ships enter from the Atlantic ( Caribbean ) side at Colon.
PANAMAX construction. Estimated to be finished by late 2015.
Gatun Lake. The total route is 50 miles ( 80 km ) and takes 8 to 10 hours. Only 32 ships a day can pass through – 16 from either side. Reservations are required 547 days in advance, but expedited service is available.
Entering Miraflores Locks.
Clearance of the ;Miraflores completed, the ship sails into the Pacific, about 5 miles away, then on to China.
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