The Panama Canal Expansion is Almost Complete.

The Expansion of the Panama Canal.

A few months back we had the amazing opportunity to tour the Panama Canal Expansion at Cocoli on the Pacific side of Panama. The Panama Canal Authority was gracious enough to open the expansion to Panamanians and tourists for a few days. It was absolutely amazing to experience being part of history being made. Read about the experience of touring the Panama Canal Expansion.

The Panama Canal Authority says that the expansion should be open for business as planned. Yes there have been some setbacks like the recent leaks at the Cocoli locks which sparked plenty of controversy. The good news is that we are being told that the repairs will be completed in time for the 2016 opening.

Leaking at the new Panama Canal Locks.
Panama Canal Expansion Leaking at Cocoli.

See the Video of the Panama Canal Expansion Leaks on the Pacific Side of the Country.

Panama is Optimistic

The country as a whole is optimistic that the Panama Canal Expansion will be ready to go in 2016. We are all waiting patiently to hear the news about the extent of the damage. Panama Canal Administrator Jorge Luis Quijano said, “We aim for the best quality. We won’t accept low-quality repairs. This is a new lockhead, and we expect it to work properly. We aim for a lifespan of 100 years.” We all know the original Panama Canal built by the US Army Corp of Engineers made it to 100 years and is operating to this day.  Let’s cross our fingers that the expansion can live up to this achievement.

Panama Canal Expansion at Gatun
The Panama Canal Expansion on the Caribbean Side.

Would you like to see the Panama Canal expansion up close? We can take you there on a private tour. This tour is of the Gatun locks on the Caribbean side of Panama. Let VIP Panama Tours be your guide.

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The Panama Canal Authority says that the expansion should be open for business as planned. Yes there have been some setbacks like the recent leaks at the Cocoli locks which sparked plenty of controversy.
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