Anita Kucharska & Maciek "Kruger" Kiersztyn

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Welcome to the Panama Canal and Miraflores Locks

 
See in Panama:
Panama City
the Panama Canal
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Facts about Panama
 

The Panama Canal, Miraflores locks - view towards Pacyfic

 
Do you know, that: The Panama Canal is 80km long. Every year it is passed by approximately 14000 ships.
 

The Panama Canal, Miraflores locks - view towards the Canal

 
The Panama Canal has 3 pairs of locks: Pedro Miguel (Pacific), Miraflores (Pacific), Gatún (Atlantic).
 

Gates of the Miraflores locks are 25m high

 
Gates of the Miraflores locks are 25m high and each weighs 730 tons. Once every 3 years they are taken for maintenance.

 

View towards the Canal

 
 

View towards Gatún locks

 
 

Ship "Fuji" approaching the locks

 
 

At the bridge - a simulator

 
The Panama Canal is the only place in the world where a captain renders control over a ship to a pilot.
 

Ship "Fuji" in the locks

 
 

Tourist ships will take you through the Canal

 
 

Miraflores locks

 
 

Locomotives towing the ship through the gates

 
 

Locomotives towing the ship through the gates

 
 

After lowering water level

 
 

Ship "Fuji" towed through the locks

 
 

A locomotive towing "Fuji"

 
 

Ship "Fuji" full size view

 
The gates have dimensions: 305m x 33,5m.
 

Control house of the Miraflores locks

 
The Panama Canal is the main source of Panama's national income.
 

Ship "Fuji" leaving the Miraflores locks

 
 

Ship "Fuji" leaving the Miraflores locks

 
 

A plate commemorating builders of the Canal

 
During the Panama Canal construction works 22000 people died.
 

Museum of the Panama Canal - Visitors Centre

 
 

Museum of the Panama Canal - Visitors Centre

 
 

Archive photography of works in "Culebra cut" - the narrowest part of the Canal

 
 

Visitors Centre, Miraflores locks

 
The Panama Canal was handed over to Panama 31st December 1999.
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