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The expanded Panama Canal will open in 2016

The expansion of the Panama Canal has become significantly delayed, but administrator Jorge Quijano states in an interview with ShippingWatch that the first ships will be able to transit the new canal in the 1st quarter 2016.

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The Panama Canal expansion has turned into a protracted process with several delays. Disagreement between the administrators ACP, Autoruidad del Canal de Panamá, and the Spanish-led building consortium GUPC is just one of the reasons. Walkouts are another reason.

As such, the canal's management - headed by administrator Jorge Quijano - has been forced several times to postpone the date for when the new water lock, which can hold bigger ships, will be opened and ready for use.

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