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April 20 - PANAMA CANAL TRANSIT, PANAMA

semi-overcast 85 °F
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Our more than 10-hour transit of the Canal began as rope handlers rowed out to attach the Serenity to the little engines.

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We entered the first set of locks. The day was partly overcast, perfect for enjoying this whole engineering marvel.

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The locks will eventually raise our ship 85 feet above sea level to Gatun Lake, which is above the Continental Divide.

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We are in the original locks, which have two lanes that can be used in either direction.

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Canal operations are supported by a work force of over ten thousand men and women.

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The new locks, which opened last summer, were built to accommodate the huge "Neo-Panamax" ships, like this one!

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After arriving in Gatun Lake, we waited for our scheduled time to enter the locks which would lower us back to sea level and the Pacific Ocean.

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Centennial Bridge

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Going down..

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An LPG Ship in the new Pacific locks

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Hey, look, I can touch the walls - yes, it's a very tight fit!

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Panama is building a huge new container port.

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The Bridge of Americas at sunset

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The setting sun spotlights Panama City's Bio Museum, which was designed by Frank Gehry

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Modern Panama City catches the light.

Posted by Swenigale 09:35 Archived in Panama

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