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The Canal - glad to have seen it but not one of our greatest travel experiences.
Entrance to Panama Canal westward. Panama Canal is a 77.1-kilometer (48 mi) a ship canal in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Caribbean Sea) to the Pacific Ocean.
Stand face-to-face with the grandeur of the Panama Canal an engineering marvel aboard the Coral Princess. When our ship enters the canal it rose 85 feet in one of the legendary Gatun Locks. It’s an amazing experience. The Panama Canal transverses the Isthmus of Panama in Central America, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean The construction of the canal was one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken. It has had an enormous impact on shipping, as ships no longer have to travel the long and treacherous route via the Drake passage and Cape Horn at the southernmost tip of South America
What makes the Panama Canal remarkable is its self sufficiency. The dam at Gatun, is able to generate the electricity to run all the motors which operate the canal as well as the locomotives in charge of towing the ships through the canal. No force is required to adjust the water level between the locks except gravity. As the lock operates, the water simply flows into the locks from the lakes or flows out to the sea level channels. The canal also relies on the overabundant rainfall of the area to compensate for the loss of the 52 million gallons of fresh water consumed during each crossing.
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Visiting, now flooded , sewers third set of locks in Cocolí, Panama Canal
These modern Z drive units can operate in any direction.
Panama Canal Authority Z-tech tug RIO TUIRA I in the Panama Canal 24 Jan 2010.
Built: 2008 327 GRT 27.4m x 11.7m x 5.3m Callsign: HO-5240
Built: Cheoy Lee (Zhuhai) Shipyard No.4899
12knots B.Pull: 61tons
MAERSK NIMES (IMO: 9434931) is a Container Ship registered and sailing under the flag of Hong Kong. Her gross tonnage is 26836 and deadweight is 33447. MAERSK NIMES was built in 2009 by HYUNDAI. MAERSK NIMES length overall (LOA) is 210 m, beam is 30.2 m and maximum draught is 16.7 m. Her container capacity is 2592 TEU. The ship is operated by DELPHIS NV.
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