ACP Inspects Scale Model of New Locks

The Board of Directors of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) discusses with the International Advisory Commission issues relevant to the Canal.

Monday, October 18, 2010


The Advisory Board and the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) will have its eighteenth meeting in Lyon, France, in order to inspect the physical model developed by the Compagnie Nationale du Rhone and see how the locks work at Berendrecht, Antwerp, Belgium, considering these are the models which have been adopted for the expansion of the Panama Canal.

Starting Monday, October 18th, meetings will discuss topics relevant to the canal, especially the latest developments in the Expansion Program, which registered an advancement of 15 percent.

The new locks will differ from the present by incorporating water saving basins and slide gates.

In Berendrecht, the delegation will see the locks, a sliding gate system which is similar to that being used in the third set of locks. This visit takes place within the framework of the memorandum of understanding signed between the ACP and the Port of Antwerp in September.

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