Tests set for the wider Panama Canal extension

Engineers have started to flood a newly enlarged section of the Panama Canal aimed at allowing larger ships to use the waterway.

The work, which began in 2006, will allow the canal to handle vessels capable of carrying 2.5 times the number of containers held by ships currently using the channel.

The Panama Canal is one of the world’s most important maritime routes. It connects the Pacific Ocean with the Atlantic via the Caribbean Sea, saving time and money for shipping companies.

But this latest expansion has been dogged by costly overruns and delays.

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