The Panama Canal received the last shipment of new gates for its ongoing expansion project on 12th November. The four gates were delivered by the 32,793gt/2012 built Chinese-flagged Xia Zhi Yuan 6 heavy-lift vessel owned by COSCO Ocean Shipping. The new locks will have 16 rolling gates, constructed in Italy by Cimolai SpA, eight in the Pacific and eight in the Atlantic. The canal expansion project involves widening of the channel and adding a third set of locks, one set on the Pacific and the other on the Atlantic side. The expansion project is 80 percent complete.
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