Lock gates for Panama Canal begin long haul from Italy

The shipment of the first four lock gates for the third set of locks for the Panama Canal has begun in Italy. They are expected to arrive in Panama by the end of August.

 

Boarding operations began from Cimolai SpA, in San Giorgio de Nogaro, from where the gates will move to the port of Trieste. They are expected to set sail for Panama in late July.


Each gate will be shipped and transported in individual barges from Nogaro to the port of Trieste where they will be placed in a heavy lift vessel.
Once loaded the four gates are estimated to take about 30 days or so to reach their destination at the site of locks on the Atlantic, where the consortium in charge of the construction of the future locks-Grupo Unidos Por el Canal (GUPC) has built a special dock to receive them.


Each of the four gates, built for the central niche of the Atlantic locks, measures 57.6 m in length, 10 m wide and 30.19 m high. The weight per unit is approximately 3,100 tonnes.

 

Posted 09 July 2013

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Michele Labrut

Americas Correspondent, Seatrade Maritime News

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