New Panama Canal Locks Inauguration Date Announced

An announcement from the Canal Authority Wednesday March 23, confirmed that the third set of locks for the Panama Canal will be officially inaugurated on June 26th 2016.

The new Locks will allow transit vessels carrying 3 time the current capacity to pass through the canal. The vessels called “megaships”  can carry up to 13,200 TEUs.

Leaders from 70 countries that currently use the canal, including the United States have been invited to attend the upcoming inauguration. President Juan Carlos Varela explained that VP  Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado will be in charge of organizing the leaders that will attend.