June 5, 2015
The Panama Canal has served the world well for the past century, but today’s larger ships require a wider, deeper passageway. An expansion project now under way will double the canal’s annual capacity.
It’s impossible for me to explain the intricacy of the final canal face,” he says. “The plans are extremely intricate and change all along the project.
Ultimately, as many as 7 000 people will be working on the locks at the project. Hand work will be necessary to carve away smaller imperfections and to work in tight places. To this end, GUPC has purchased 150 Atlas Copco handheld pneumatic breakers, chosen for their light weight and durable design.
“It’s expected these will get lots of use over the life of the project, and we needed a quality breaker,” Versteele says.
When complete, the Third Set of Locks Project at the Panama Canal will benefit the world through reduced shipping time, increased convenience and lower energy consumption and emissions compared with sending large ships on the long journey around South America.
“It’s expected these will get lots of use over the life of the project, and we needed a quality breaker.” Pieterjan Versteele, Assistant Equipment Manager.
Written by Atlas Copco