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new Panama Canal locks being filled with water
The new locks at the Pacific end of the Panama Canal began to fill with water in late June in preparation for months of testing of their new gates before they open to commercial traffic next April.

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The new locks at the Pacific end of the Panama Canal began to fill with water this week in preparation for months of testing of their new gates before they open to commercial traffic in April 2016.
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