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New Panama Canal locks signed off

4 Jun 16 The new locks for the expanded Panama Canal have passed all performance tests and are now functionally complete, according to contractor Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC).

Client Panama Canal Authority (ACP) will now carry out a detailed review of the submitted report ahead of the inauguration of the expansion towards the end of this month. China Cosco’s container vessel Andronikos has won a draw to be first to travel the new route.

Canal administrator Jorge Luis Quijano said, "The contractor's progress opens the doors to a new stage where our workforce will continue familiarizing themselves with the work and operation of the new locks and complement their training with navigation tests before issuing acceptance of the works."

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