In 2010 I had the pleasure of taking a cruise through the Panama Canal. Along the very interesting transition, I was often able to see the progress of the new canal being dug, which was a huge undertaking that is now nearly complete; with a partial opening expected in May 2016. Watching the locks operate is fascinating and I highly recommend the trip should you get the opportunity.
The $5.25 billion Panama Canal expansion was launched in 2007 to update and improve the canal. Widening the shipping lanes and constructing new, more efficient locks to allow for a third lane of traffic to meet the needs of the modern-day shipping industry, as the overwhelming number of ships requiring passage through the canal has lead to bottlenecks that delay ships by 20-30 hours on average. To continue reading click here.