The Panama Canal’s contracted vessel transited the new Atlantic-facing Agua Clara Locks yesterday. These transits, performed by the neopanamax dry bulk carrier Baroque, are part of a series of training events occurring in the run-up to the expanded canal’s June 26 inauguration.
The vessel, which arrived in Panama this week, has a length of 255 m and a beam of 43 m, and was contracted by the Panama Canal to perform multiple lockages through the expanded locks for testing and training purposes.
Jorge Quijano, administrator of the Panama Canal Authority, gave a wide ranging interview carried on Splash in which he highlighted how individual ship sectors could change once the expanded canal goes operational. The interview can be accessed here.