Opening the Gates

 

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

Gates Closed

Gates Closed

The gates start to open …

Gates Opening

Gates Opening

Opening the Locks

Opening the Locks

Open Gates

Open Gates

Once the gates are fully open, it is clear sailing to Lake Gatun

Open Sailing

Open Sailing

A catamaran leads the car-container ship through the locks and onto Lake Gatun

A Catamaran Leads

A Catamaran Leads

 

Expanding the Canal

Cocoli Locks

Cocoli Locks – Pacific Ocean

Agua Clara Locks

Agua Clara Locks – Atlantic Ocean

Miraflores Locks in Panama Canal

Panama is well-known for its canal that provides a connection between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

Miraflores is the name of one of the three locks that form part of the Panama Canal, and the name of the small lake that separates these locks from the Pedro Miguel Locks upstream. In the Miraflores locks, vessels are lifted (or lowered) 54 feet in two stages, allowing them to transit to or from the Pacific Ocean port of Balboa in Panama City.

Miraflores Locks in Panama Canal

Miraflores Locks in Panama Canal

 

A visitors center allows tourists to have a full view of the Miraflores locks operation.

Canal Observation Galleries

Canal Observation Galleries