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The Panama Canal is a 77.1-kilometre (48 mi) ship canal in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Caribbean Sea) to the Pacific Ocean. The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and is a key conduit for international maritime trade. There are locks at each end to lift ships up to Gatun Lake, an artificial lake created to reduce the amount of excavation work required for the canal, 26 metres (85 ft) above sea level. The current locks are 33.5 metres (110 ft) wide. A third, wider lane of locks is currently under construction and is due to open in 2016.

France began work on the canal in 1881, but had to stop because of engineering problems and high mortality due to disease. The United States took over the project in 1904, and took a decade to complete the canal, which was officially opened on August 15, 1914. One of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, the Panama Canal shortcut greatly reduced the time for ships to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, enabling them to avoid the lengthy, hazardous Cape Horn route around the southernmost tip of South America via the Drake Passage or Strait of Magellan. The shorter, faster, and safer route to the U.S. West Coast and to nations in and around the Pacific Ocean allowed those places to become more integrated with the world economy. It takes between 20 and 30 hours to traverse the canal.

During construction, ownership of the territory that is now the Panama Canal was first Colombian, then French, and then American. The US continued to control the canal and surrounding Panama Canal Zone until the 1977 Torrijos–Carter Treaties provided for handover to Panama. After a period of joint American–Panamanian control, the canal was taken over by the Panamanian government in 1999, and is now managed and operated by the Panama Canal Authority, a Panamanian government agency.

Annual traffic has risen from about 1,000 ships in 1914, when the canal opened, to 14,702 vessels in 2008, the latter measuring a total of 309.6 million Panama Canal/Universal Measurement System (PC/UMS) tons. By 2008, more than 815,000 vessels had passed through the canal; the largest ships that can transit the canal today are called Panamax. The American Society of Civil Engineers has named the Panama Canal one of the seven wonders of the modern world.


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  1. Recommend this trip. We went through in 1974 on a Sydney, Southampton voyage on the Britanis. Always remember the tour we took through panama city, the golden alter, ruins left after Morgan the pirate was there, taxi drivers actually fighting over cab fares. Security/ police carrying huge six guns on their hips. And because it was still the American Zone, lots of military around.

  2. ogni tanto dovrebbero fare la manutenzione alle apparecchiature del traino navale ! ed anche delle strutture di cementoarmato ! dove transitano le navi ! Che a me personalmente sembrano in cattivo stato ! sembra che da un giorno all' altro si Frantumano !!! i politici di Panama ! pensano solo al Guadagno dei Dollari !!!

  3. The new bigger third lane of locks was opened in june 2016. The capacity is 366m (1200ft) long and 49m (161ft) wide ships, so every existing cruise ship, including Harmony of the Seas, could pass through the Canal. But they still can't because they are to tall to pass under the "Bridge of the Americas".

  4. I love this passage,I have been experience it myself seeing it personally passing panama canal and its really exciting and interesting while working and onboard the cruise ship vision of the seas on our way to Alaska itinerary way back 2001. For me it is really highly recommended and a wonderful travel experience. Excellent!

  5. During 1971 my late 10-year-old Neil son and I stood on the deck of the Greek passenger liner ''Ellis'' as we were towed through each lock by small diesel engines. unfortunately, it was dark as we sailed the 50-mile river stretch from the Atlantic locks to the Atlantic locks. Every memory, based on practical experience is a memory to treasure.

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