Making way for the next generation in Panama
Hailed as one of the seven wonders of the modern world, the Panama Canal is a key shipping conduit that relies on Bosch Rexroth technology.
As its name suggests, the Panama Canal slices through the Isthmus of Panama, the southernmost country of Central America. More than half of Panama’s population resides around the capital, Panama City, where the western entrance to the famous canal is located.
When the canal was opened in 1914, it had a huge impact on maritime trade, as it meant ships no longer had to sail the rough waters around Cape Horn at the tip of South America. Ships enter one side, are raised up by 26 meters through a system of locks, and exit the other side of the 82-kilometer-long channel. Bosch Rexroth hydraulics have replaced the original mechanical drives in the systems that operate the lock chamber gates, improving efficiency and functionality.
For its 100th anniversary this year, a canal expansion project is underway. This involves the installation of new locks – for which Bosch Rexroth technology will be called on once again to provide the hydraulic systems. The new locks will accommodate the ships in the world’s merchant fleet that are currently too large for the canal.
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More ships. Better water management.
The Panama Canal’s new locks, developed by Bosch Rexroth, will:
1. reduce fresh water consumption by 7% compared to the existing locks.
2. ensure the regional water supply is conserved in a sustainable way