Among the largest floating cranes in the world, “Titan” was built by Hitler’s Germany and claimed by the United States as war booty. Titan entered service in Panama in 1999 after having served for 50 years in Long Beach, California. The crane can be floated into the locks of the Panama Canal and is used for the heavy lifting required to maintain the doors of the locks of the canal. It can lift 350 metric tons and is one of the “strongest” cranes in the world.
Container cranes (also container handling gantry crane or ship-to-shore crane) is a type of large dockside gantry crane found at Panama Canal container terminals for loading and unloading containers from container ships.
A Lineup of Cranes
The gates remain closed until the water level in the present lock reaches the level of the forward lock at the Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal
The gates start to open …
Opening the Locks
Once the gates are fully open, it is clear sailing to Lake Gatun
A catamaran leads the car-container ship through the locks and onto Lake Gatun
A Catamaran Leads
Once the ship is secure in one lock at the Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal, the water level is lowered to match that of the forward lock ….
Lowering the Water Level
A Ship Lowered
First an escort of patrol boats on the Panama Canal at Miraflores Locks
An Escort for a Sub
and then a glimpse of USS Scranton, a Los Angeles class nuclear submarine crossing in an adjoining lock from our boat …
A better view of the sub with its crew ….
USS Scranton Crossing
The Poseidon waits on one of the Miraflores Locks on the Panama Canal to begin the crossing …
Waiting to be Lowered
Comes closer to the gates of the lock ….
… and is lowered into the next lock with the help of “mules.”
Safely in the lower lock ….
We visited the Agua Clara Locks, Panama Canal on a rainy, hazy day but still got fairly good knowledge of how the locks work.
Haze at Aqua Clara Locks
For each of the three chambers in the Agua Clara and Cocoli Locks, there are a total of three water-savings basins, bringing the total to 18 basins for the new locks. Each of the basins is massive, having a surface area equivalent to 25 Olympic-size pools. And each utilizes state-of-the art technology which allows the Canal to reuse 60 percent of the water used per lockage, saving seven percent more than the existing locks do.