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Repairs to Panama Canal cracks to be completed in January 2016

Repairs to Panama Canal cracks to be  completed in January 2016
The consortium building the Panama Canal locks-Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) led by Italy’s Salini-Impregilo, Spain’s Sacyr, Belgium’s Jan De Nul and Panama’s CUSA, has announced it will complete the repairs to the sills by 15 January 2016.

GUPC is reinforcing with steel the sills in the three chambers of both locks-Agua Clara on the Atlantic and Cocoli on the Pacific after cracks appeared last August in the middle chamber of the Cocoli locks. As part of its remaining work, GUPC will continue conducting in-depth inspections and reinforcements of each individual sill. Afterwards GUPC plans to continue the electromechanical testing on the filling and emptying systems of the new locks.

Although GUPC has not yet identified a date for the completion of the new locks project, it said it will implement a strategy, along with their providers and subcontractors, that will help reduce the impact on the delivery date. The Panama Canal expansion programme is currently 95% complete.

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