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1 -- 2 -- color) Passengers crowd along the forward rails as the Sun Princess eases its way through Gaillard Cut in the Panama Canal, top.
Possible solutions to the canal crunch, said Bastian, range from building a third set of locks to accommodate bigger ships, widening the eight-mile-long Gaillard Cut near the Pacific end of the canal, and building a new sea-level waterway between the Caribbean and the Pacific which would entirely bypass the existing Panama Canal.
Panamax ships can only transverse the Gaillard Cut during daylight hours, one way at a time.
PANAMA CITY, Panama -- PANAMA CITY, Panama, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced that it has initiated trials of simultaneous, two-way transits (Pacific and Atlantic bound) of large commercial vessels that were previously limited to one-way traffic through the Gaillard Cut -- the most narrow passage in the Panama Canal.
An important element of the Canal's program of permanent modernization, the widening of the Gaillard Cut was completed early and under budget.
We will continue testing the different reaches of the Gaillard Cut in a progressive manner to ensure safety and efficiency.
The authority attributed the reduction, in part, to a modernization program which has recently widened the Gaillard Cut, increased the Canal's locomotive fleet from 80 to 100 units, and acquired more powerful and maneuverable tugs.
The ACP attributed the reduction to, in part, its permanent modernization program, which has recently widened the Gaillard Cut, increased the Canal's locomotive fleet from 80 to 100, and acquired more powerful and maneuverable tugs.
equipment and supplies, as well as the current widening of the Gaillard Cut, the Canal is contemplating enormous investments in the future.