Posts Tagged "Panama Canal"

Panama Canal

On January 9, 2017, we entered the Panama Canal at 6:00am in the morning and went through the 3 Gutun Locks. We then had to anchor for about 3 hours in the lake until we could proceed. In the lake we could see the New locks which were just opened last year. After our wait, we then moved through the canal passing several dredges, work boats and tugs. We also passed Gamboa the central hub where the large cranes and equipment are housed. At 3:30 we entered the Pedro Miguel locks and then completed our journey with the Milaflores locks. By the time we finally left the canal it was twilight and...

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Panama Canal

On January 10, 2016, we entered the Panama Canal. Our transit started at the Gutun Locks, where we were guided through by the electric locomotives known as “Mules.” After rising 85 feet we sailed into Gutun Lake and past the Charges River dam and down the Charges River toward the Pacific Ocean. While we sailed in the canal, local vendors came on board to sell their handicrafts and the culinary department set up a Panamanian Market  of different foods. Sailing down the canal the water was particularly muddy due to the increased dredging in preparation of the new larger locks being...

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Panama Canal

On there morning of January 11, 2015, we entered the Panama Canal. In the morning we traveled through Gatun Locks and Gatun Lake. In the afternoon we traveled through the Culebra Cut, under the Freedom Bridge to the Pedro Miguel Locks. After passing through the Miraflores Locks  we entered the Pacific Ocean. The total transit lasted 10 hours. The activity in the canal was always bustling, from the work of the canal tugs positioning the cargo ships before they enter the locks to the Mules guiding the ships in the locks. Still there were tranquil moments when a bird would land as if there were...

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Panama Canal

On January 9,2014 we entered the Panama Canal at 6:30am.  Although this was our sixth time at the Canal, we still are amazed by it’s wonders. The transit was completed by 4:00pm.  We stayed in Gatun Lake for a short while waiting our turn to proceed thru the canal. Once on our way we passed several dredges that are constantly working to keep the canal clear. At Gamboa, we saw the Titan Crane, which is used to repair and move the lock gates. The canal is operated by water and gravity and during this transit we got to see mother nature in action as a rain squall came over the ship at the...

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Panama Canal

We returned through the Panama Canal on March 21, 2013, this time from the Pacific to the Caribbean. Before reaching the first locks, we had a good view of the new lock construction that will increase the size of ships that can pass through the canal. Before entering the Miraflores Locks we took on the linesmen from the canal authority that will handle the cables attached to the “Mules” from our ship. After passing through these locks, it is only a short distance to the Pedro Miguel Locks. While in this lock we witnessed some small boats going the other way and were able to see...

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