Gates of the Panama Canal

The Panama Canal expansion project (also called the Third Set of Locks Project) is intended to double the capacity of the Panama Canal by 2015 by creating a new lane of traffic hemmed in by these gargantuan flood gates and allowing more and larger ships to transit.    Image © Cimolai

Each of the 16 gates stands nearly 10 stories tall, weighs 3,100 tons, costs $34.2 million, are built by Italian steel manufacturer Cimolai.



The eight-year $5.2 billion project designed to have eight gates on each end of the new third channel.

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