Panama Canal

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The Expansion

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The Panama Canal is approximately 80 kilometers long between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Each year, over a million people visit the Canal and are able to witness this incredible engineering work, enabling the world's cargo to be shipped efficiently, faster and safely. 

Ships from all parts of the world transit daily through the Panama Canal. Around 13 to 14 thousand vessels use the Canal every year. The Panama Canal serves more than 144 maritime routes connecting 160 countries and reaching some 1,700 ports in the world.

The Expansion of the Panama Canal, which was inaugurated in 2016, included the construction of a new set of locks on the Atlantic and Pacific sides of the waterway, creating a third lane of traffic and doubling the cargo capacity of the waterway. While the expanded locks are 70 feet wider and 18 feet deeper than those in the original Canal, they use less water due to water-savings basins that recycle 60 percent of the water used per transit.