Thursday, February 18, 2016

New Panama Canal Locks repairs are complete

New Panama Canal Locks repairs are complete
External consultants of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) reported yesterday that the repairs to the third set of locks, which were completed in January, are satisfactory.
The reliability of the structure was verified by the same tests which revealed leaks in the locks in August 2015.
According to the ACP and the consortium Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), the failure was due to an error in the design, which called for the use of less steel than should have been installed.
ACP Administrator Jorge Luis Quijano said that the repairs cost about $40 million, and that the cost will be the responsibility of GUPC, which subcontracted the design to Montgomery Watson Harza.
The work on the third set of locks now enters a period of final examinations. They will likely be ready for opening at the end of June.

Photo by Juliette Passer

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