“New locks for the Panama Canal, the biggest engineering project in the world”
Third set of locks for the Panama Canal
Third set of locks for the Panama Canal: the biggest engineering project in the world in terms of technical and technological complexity. The new lock chambers will be 427 metres long, 55 metres wide and 18.3 metres deep and will allow the passage of Post-Panamax vessels.
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Expansion of the Panama Canal
The expansion of the Panama Canal will allow the passage of triple E class ships, which will have a positive impact on the international logistics industry. In response, the ports of the United States and Portugal are investing in changes to their logistics platforms in order to receive Post-Panamax ships.
The concrete in the new locks
The concrete used is of an excellent quality and widely surpasses the project's margins, with a 100-year service life. Almost 5 million m3 of concrete will be used in the new locks: equivalent to 50 Sacyr Towers (236 metres).
World record for the largest concrete pour: 170,000 m3 of concrete a month, equivalent to what would be used in 2 “Sacyr Towers” of 236 metres.
Water use savings
The new gates will reuse 60% of the water in each lock (7% less water in each crossing): this saving will allow the crossing of 2 additional ships a day.