Panama Canal Locks Undergo Overhaul

Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Panama Canal Authority work crews conduct a scheduled maintenance and overhaul at Gatún Locks, located at the Atlantic Ocean entrance to the Canal.

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) recently undertook scheduled maintenance work in four of the lock gates of the west chamber in the Gatún Locks. The work, which began on Tuesday, August 15, was completed Sunday, August 20, and required draining the locks chamber. The lock gates and valves also underwent a system of corrosion protection.

Each set of locks is named after the town in which it was constructed: Gatún (on the Atlantic side), Pedro Miguel and Miraflores (on the Pacific).

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