I had the pleasure to make a partial transit from the Caribbean Sea to Lake Gatun last week while on a cruise vacation. We entered the first set of locks just at sunrise. The cruise ship we were on is classified as a “Panamax-sized” ship. These are the largest ships that fit in the locks. We had three feet on either side. One cargo vessel in front of us had less clearance. The ship’s toll for our particular transit was approx. $300,000.00! A new canal is being built which will allow larger ships to transit.
The fresh water in the locks comes from a man-made lake, Lake Gatun, fed by the Chagres River. The Panamanians are in charge of the Panama Canal operations now. It was a fascinating morning there at the canal. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy. P.S. More wildlife tomorrow! Sorry about the weird layout – happens when I do captions. I’ll learn.,,