In June, The Panama Canal Authority announced testing of the first gates on the Atlantic Ocean side of the waterway. Extending over four months, this step brings the Panama Canal expansion project to 90% completion.
“This event highlights the magnitude of what we have been working on for the past seven years,” said canal administrator Jorge Quijano. “Filling the locks with water is the culmination of arduous years of labor and the realization that we are within arm’s reach of the completion of one of the most impressive infrastructure projects of our time.”
The canal has encouraged investments for deeper channels in East Coast ports, such as Miami, New York/New Jersey, and Baltimore. Port Authorities expect larger vessels with more cargo to be calling in these locations.