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Panama Canal update

ACP awaits detailed report on water seepage

Will the expanded Panama Canal open to commercial traffic in April 2016 as planned – or will there be a further delay as a result of reported leakage problems in part of the new Pacific locks?

That was the question being asked by many in the shipping industry after pictures showing water leaks in one of the new lock heads were posted on social media in August.

At that time, the canal administrator Jorge L. Quijano, reportedly told HispanTV: “We won’t accept low-quality repairs. This is a new lock head and we expect it to work properly. We aim for a lifespan of 100 years.”

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