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Repairs to New Panama Canal locks to be completed by January

Staff writer |
Repairs to reinforce the sills of the Panama Canal's new locks, which were found to be deficient earlier this year, will be completed by January 2016, the Canal Authority of Panama (ACP) said.

During routine operational testing of locks, valves, maintenance bulkheads and gates, which began in June, leaks were discovered in a confined area located between the middle and lower chambers of the Pacific Locks.

In late August, project contractor GUPC acknowledged the presence of fissures in the lock walls, saying that technical analysis would continue until an adequate solution was determined.

GUPC has yet to determine a date for final completion of the new locks project, the group told the Canal Authority in a November 28 meeting.

The contractor's decision to hold off on providing an estimated completion date marks a break from September statements indicating that the expansion project would remain on target for completion in April 2016.

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