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22/07/2014
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N.P_The first gate of the Panama Canal expansion has been moved from the project’s dock

GUPC marks another milestone in the project to build the Third Set of Locks.

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GUPC marks another milestone in the project

On Saturday the 19th, the consortium led by Sacyr and tasked with constructing the third set of locks for the Panama Canal, GUPC, successfully transported the project’s first gate..

The GUPC technical team explained that, of the 8 gates that have now arrived in Panama, this is the first to be moved to the work site (west side Lower Chamber) from Fort Davis Dock, which has been specially adapted for their reception and storage. The gate will be temporarily kept there until being installed at its final position later this year. This gate moving operation marks another milestone in this important project, which clearly shows how GUPC continues to make renewed efforts to successfully complete the work and fulfil its commitment to the project, to ACP and to Panama itself. GUPC has so far fulfilled all of its obligations arising out of the Memorandum of Understanding held in March with ACP. It is worth highlighting that the last 4 of the 8 gates now in Panama were delivered by GUPC 4 months ahead of the date agreed upon in March. 

The gates for the Panama Canal’s Third Set of Locks use a technology, already implemented in other countries, whereby instead of being hinged like the current ones, they will be sliding gates. This technology also simplifies future maintenance and means the gates can be opened and closed in a shorter time (between four and five minutes).