Ship Photos of the Day – Inaugural Transit of the Panama Canal Expansion





The Panama Canal's third lane opened for business, following Sunday's transit of the 9,472-TEU COSCO Shipping Panama.





June 27, 2016 by Mike Schuler


MV COSCO Shipping Panama in the middle chamber of the new Agua Clara locks on the Atlantic Side of the Panama Canal, June 26, 2016. Photo: Panama Canal Authority







Panama inaugurated the long-awaited Panama Canal expansion Sunday with the ceremonial transit of the China Shipping Panama through the new neopanamax Agua Clara locks on the Atlantic side.




The $5.25 billion Expansion Program is the largest improvement project in the Canal’s 102-year history, and included the construction of a new, larger set of locks on both the Pacific and the Atlantic sides of the Canal and dredging of more than 150 million cubic meters of material to creating a second lane of traffic and doubling the capacity of the waterway.



Despite challenges facing the global shipping industry, the larger canal is anticipated to open up new routes, services, and market segments, such as liquefied natural gas (LNG).



The Panama Canal expansion officially opened to commercial transits on Monday with the transit of the MV Passat and the LPG carrier Peace Lycaste.




Here are some photos of the inaugural transit:


Photo: Panama Canal Authority



Photo: Panama Canal Authority





Photo: Panama Canal Authority





Photo: Panama Canal Authority





Photo: Panama Canal Authority




Photo: Panama Canal Authority




Photo: Panama Canal Authority




The MV COSCO Shipping Panama in Gatun Lake. Photo: Panama Canal Authority




The MV COSCO Shipping Panama completing its inaugural transit in the new Pacific-facing Cocoli Locks, June 26, 2016.Photo: Panama Canal Authority