Inauguration of expanded Panama Canal delayed again
The expansion project’s contractor Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) confirmed the feasibility of the functional delivery of the work in April 2016. However, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) wants to test a chartered ship through the new Atlantic locks before it gives the official clearance to the expanded project.
According to ACP administrator Jorge Luis Quijano, the plan is to open the locks in the second quarter of 2016, June at the latest.
The repairs in the cracks detected in the Cocoli Locks on the canal’s Pacific side had been detected last month, and the Panama Canal Authority said that it would not accept the project until all necessary repairs are conducted by GUPC.
GUPC has ordered extra steel reinforcement of the locks and promised to complete the repairs by the middle of January 2016. ■