The Panama Canal, which was one hundred years old in August last year, has a crucial role to play in the world supply chain, reducing the distances to be covered in commercial routes between America and Asia as well as between both coasts of the American continent. The canal expansion will enable the large New-Panamax vessels to pass through, thus providing a service to the great demands of maritime traffic in modern international logistics.
On April 28, the last of the 16 lock gates of the new Pacific locks was installed. One week before, April 1, the installation of the 8 Atlantic rolling gates was completed.
With the installation of all the lock gates, the canal expansion project is more than 87% completed. With all the lock gates installed in place, the process to connect up with the other lock elements electromechanically starts. In the following stages, the lock chambers will be flooded in the next few weeks and in the next few months the first operating tests will take place.
Further information can be found with videos and photos at the official website Panama Canal Expansion project.
Panamax, Post-Panamax and New-Panamax
The Panama Canal was inaugurated in 1914. International logistics has soared since then and this has created the need for bigger and bigger cargo vessels to satisfy the demands of economies of scale. This gave rise to the term Panamax, referring to the cargo vessels which, because of their dimensions, were able to pass through the Panama Canal and Post-Panamax, referring to those vessels which, because of their dimensions, are too large to pass through the Canal.
Despite the fact that maritime traffic is slow compared with air transport, train or road transport, it is still the most economical when it is a question of economies of scale, which is why most foreign trade is moved though sea ports.
All of this was the reasoning behind the Panama Canal expansion project, which will enable larger vessels to pass through, thus giving rise to the term New-Panamax, which defines the limits of the dimensions of the vessels that can sail through the Canal using the new lock gates.
The connections between ATOX metal racking and Panama
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The role of ATOX metal racking in the international supply chain
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