Transport of Panama Canal lock doors
Sarens transports the 16 new lock doors of the Panama Canal. The gigantic lock doors (with weighs between 1.900t and 4.300t and measuring 58,7m x 10,0m x 34,7m) are moved with SPMT's onto Sarens' barge Paula at the factory in San Giorgio di Nogaro. The doors are then brought to an STX sea-going vessel in Trieste. At their arrival in Panama eight lock doors will be unloaded with SPMT's at the Atlantic side of the Canal, and eight of them will be brought to the Pacific side.
The locks are part of a new lock complex that is being built in a separate bypass next to the existing locks. The new system will result in an increased lockage capacity, a shorter maintenance time and the possibility to receive larger vessels. The renovation and enlargement of the Panama Canal should be finished in 2014, in time for the Canal's 100th birthday.