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After several delays resulting from worker disputes to a dire-looking leak in the new locks, the Panamanian President has said the Panama Canal Expansion Project will be completed in May of this year.

Panama Canal Expansion. Photo by Keith Yahl (CC 2.0)


Yahoo UK News: Panama’s expansion of its century-old canal, which has suffered costly overruns and major delays, is now to be complete “around the month of May,” President Juan Carlos Varela said Saturday.

The leader, speaking in an address to the nation, also urged the Spanish-led consortium behind the project to leave legal disputes to the “competent authorities” and focus on completing its work on the waterway.

A 3rd set of locks are being added to the Panama Canal System. Photo by Biberbaer (PD)


The consortium, Grupo Unidos por el Canal de Panama, started the expansion work on the canal in 2007. The project is well behind schedule.

The extensions were originally meant to have been completed in October 2014 but were then pushed back to an April 2016 deadline. Varela’s announcement indicated that may have slipped again, to May this year. Read more from Yahoo UK News here…

Posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

Image courtesy of The Ocean Cleanup


The Ocean Cleanup project, with its technology of floating array barriers imagined by founder and CEO Boyan Slat, is ready to move past feasibility studies, and on to open waters.

Using a passive system of collection using the ocean’s natural currents, the floating barriers are designed to funnel ocean garbage plastic for collection and removal.



In 2016, a 100 meter-long floating “array” barrier will be deployed off the coast of The Netherlands, to see how the system fairs in sea conditions.

Photo courtesy of The Ocean Cleanup


The Ocean Cleanup: The main objective of the North Sea test is to monitor the effects of real-life sea conditions, with a focus on waves and currents. The motions of the barrier and the loads on the system will be monitored by cameras and sensors.

Image via The Ocean Cleanup


The floating barriers are regarded as one of the most critical elements of the concept, since they are responsible for capturing and concentrating the plastic debris. Due to their size and the extreme oceanic conditions, the barriers have always been top focus of the engineering team. After extensive computer modelling and scale model testing in controlled environments at the Deltares and MARIN basins, our engineers believe it is time to move the barrier to the next stage of development. Read more from The Ocean Cleanup here…


posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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