Containership Exiting the Gaillard Cut
A containership of the Hamburg Sud shipping line completes the
transit through the Gaillard Cut, the part of the Panama Canal
that slices through the Continental Divide. The ship mostly
carries empty containers likely originating from the American East
Coast and bound back to Asia. In the background is the Centennial
Bridge, which opened in 2004 and which offers an additional crossing
over the canal in addition to the Bridge of the Americas that was
opened in 1962.
Culebra (snake) Cut for the nature of its curves, it was renamed for Col.
David DuBose Gaillard, the engineer who supervised its construction.
The Cut is approximately 12.8 kilometers long and during the
1960's was widened from its original 91.5 meters to 152.4
meters. The currently ongoing Gaillard Cut widening program is
widening it still further to increase the canal capacity and to facilitate vessel
transit scheduling. After crossing the Gaillard Cut, ships enter the
Pedro Miguel Locks and then the