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The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) reported an incident that occurred this Friday with a ship that hit part of a wall in the Agua Clara locks on the extended waterway Atlantic side, without interrupting the transit of ships through the interoceanic strip.
The Canal authority wrote on Twitter that the incident occurred today at 6:24 pm local time (23.24 GMT) "was caused by the blow of a ship passing from the middle chamber to the lower chamber" of the locks.
"This incident was reported and attended to by regular channels and the operation was not interrupted, as the vessel continued its transit and is already in the Caribbean Sea towards its next port," explained the ACP.
It added that "the affectation of the wall is being repaired at this moment and the transit of ships through the Canal is normal".
The Canal, through which 6 percent of world trade passes, joins more than 140 maritime routes and 1,700 ports in 160 different countries.
It put into operation in June 2016 its first expansion, a mega operation with a cost of at least 5,600 million dollars, consisting of a new lane to make way for the Neopanamax, ships with up to triple the load capacity of those passing through the operational locks since 1914.
The United States, which built the route at the beginning of the last century and managed it until December 31, 1999, is the first user of the canal, followed by China.
Container transport continues to be the main business of the water route, but the new locks have allowed the canal to open to other products, such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) or large cruise ships, which did not fit into the old complex.