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... the world have transited the Canal. It operates twenty-four hours a day allowing more than 14,000 vessels a year passage. The Canal utilizes a workforce of over 9,500 people. With the addition of a third set of locks, The Canal is being enlarged to accommodate the bigger ships and more traffic. The new Panama Canal Locks will be 427 meters long and 55 meters wide, the size of four football fields.
All through the Canal one ...
... the lady who owned it is an American ex-pat who couldn't believe that Kate had walked in. For years she'd been saying she wanted to learn to play the harp! So of course she and Kate had plenty to talk about, and we'll figure out a way to get a harp to her!
Other buildings stand in disrepair or complete ruin... there are many shells of buildings there. Some are just propped up by pieces of timber. Many of the ramshackle buildings are home to the poorest ...
... Eventually a lock system was seen as the best strategy. The first vessel traversed the entire canal early in 1914. Since then, the system has been regularly upgraded and enlarged.
There are currently two lanes of locks, and a third, larger lane is due to open in 2016. Huge metal gates for the new locks were seen parked on the west side of the canal. We caught up the the container ship as it entered the left lane, ...
... the Western influence on Panama could be truly felt as we wandered through shops like Gap, Aeropostle, Bershka, Accessorize and Forever 21.On the Friday night, we headed to The Big Chill, a huge nightclub in a dodgy part of town (this is how all good stories start). This place is huge. Put it this way- there's separate entry points and fees for the "grounds" and the different areas within...one of which is a full sized basketball court. After talking our way into the dance area ...
... and raised 20 odd feet and then sailed to the third lock and raised for
the final time. In total, the ships are raised 85 feet and each lock took about
an hour to go through. Then we are in the manmade Gatun Lake.
The locks operate in “pairs” with two ships entering separate locks
side by side. One ship is pulled through/up the lock by four railway engines on