Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Panama Canal

I am totally fascinated by the Panama Canal, its engineering and even more so by the precision of which this huge vessels are guided through the locks. Here a couple of first pictures for you, more to come: 

At the Gatun Locks, the largest set of locks in the system

This is RoRo (roll on roll off) ship that carries factory new Korean cars.
At this point being pulled in to stage one of the Gatun Locks, on the Atlantic side.

The high power electric locks are what pulls the vessel through and
at the same time what keeps it in place.

Even for the ship's crew a spectacular event.

Absolutely amazing with what precision that huge sucker is guided through.

And getting back down on to see level, watching it is like seing 
those huge vessels riding and elevator.

Little room for errors.

While I was driving up to the Gatun Locks. Looks unreal, doesn't it?

At the Miraflores Locks, on the Pacific side of the Canal. Another car carrier.

1 comment:

  1. Big boats, World smallest viewing platform!