GUPC test first gate on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal


Wednesday July 1, the move operation of seven and eight gates opened with the aim of making qualitative and quantitative testing system gates of the new Pacific locks.

The process began at 7:00 am, with the inspection of a team of divers.

The tests were carried out after the lock was filled to a level of 3.77 meters below sea level. To do this, three self bombs were used with capacity of 30,000 gallons per minute each, along with 15 other bombs rented with a range of 7,000 gallons per minute each.

These tests will be applied after the rest of the gates, which will be verified at different levels of water reaching 27 meters corresponding to Gatun Lake. The entire operation is expected to be completed in about 90 days.


Each lock complex has three cameras, nine water basins, filling and emptying system side, pipes and rolling gates.

Program Panama Canal expansion project records, concluding the month of May, a 89.8% advance, while the planned construction of the new locks is at 88.1%.


Ernesto Chong de León, Ernesto Emilio Chong Coronado