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News » International » Opening date set for Panama Canal expansion » published 27 Mar 2016

Opening date set for Panama Canal expansion

The Panama Canal Expansion will be officially inaugurated on 26 June.

the new training facility Above: the new training facility

The programme is currently 97% complete. Final testing will be conducting in the following weeks.

The announcement was made this morning during the inauguration ceremony of a training facility, which will provide additional hands-on experience to pilots and tugboat captains operating in the expanded canal.

"The dream of Expansion will become a reality when we inaugurate the biggest infrastructure project in the history of the Canal and the country of Panama," said board member Jorge Quijano.

The 35.3-acre training facility features two lakes connected by a channel modelled after the Canal's Culebra Cut. The new facility features docking bays, replicas of the new and existing locks, gates, and chambers, all at a 1:25 scale.

The facility is equipped with a number of scale model Panama Canal tugboats, as well as ships built in France at Port Revel, including a container ship. In addition, a liquid natural gas (LNG) ship will be delivered by September 2016.

The facility features wave and wind generators to provide a realistic, hands-on training experience for Canal pilots and tugboat captains to prepare them for the opening of the expanded waterway.

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This article was published on 27 Mar 2016 (last updated on 27 Mar 2016).

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