The first four new gates for the Panama Canal’s third set of locks are scheduled to arrive in Panama from Italy on Aug. 19, 2013.
The third set of locks has a total of 16 rolling gates, eight for each new lock complex. The new gates weigh an average of 3,300 tons each. They were constructed in Italy by subcontractor Cimolai and will be unloaded on the Atlantic side of the canal and rolled off the ship onto a special reception dock.
Overall, the expansion program of the Panama Canal is 60.4 percent complete. The third set of locks will make room for the transit of more cargo and larger vessels.
The Panama Canal Authority released a video of the third set of locks being loaded onto ships and departing for Panama: