Ships pass in the northbound and southbound lanes at Miraflores Locks.
Miraflores Locks control house with full lock on one side, and ready to lower on left.
ATA delegation at Miraflores Locks (left to right): Duane Long, Jeff Mason, Philip Byrd Sr., Anna Fuentes, Bill Graves, Dave Manning, Bob Costello, Pat Thomas. “The expansion project in and of itself is a construction marvel ,” said ATA President Graves.
Anna Fuentes of Panama Canal Authority and ATA President Bill Graves.
ATA President Bill Graves views control room at Miraflores Locks.
View of the north and south shipping lanes from the control room at Miraflores Locks.
One of the 100-year-old locks in operation today. The expansion includes building two new sets of locks that will raise the maximum ship size to 13,200 TEU containers.
ATA delegation at the locks (left to right): Martin Rojas, Duane Long, Bill Graves, Bob Costello, Dave Manning, Pat Thomas, Jeff Mason and Philip Byrd Sr. “This was one of the most interesting and fascinating trips I have ever taken,” said ATA Vice Chairman Thomas.
ATA Chairman Philip Byrd Sr. (foreground) and ATA Vice Chairman Dave Manning watch a tanker filled with salt pass through the Miraflores Locks. The tanker originated in Louisiana and was bound for the Pacific.
ATA vice chairman Dave Manning watches as a ship makes its way through the cana.
ATA President Bill Graves watches a tanker float up one of the locks.
Electric locomotives on both sides of each lock assist ships as they pass through the locks. Those new supersize containerships are due to start coming through the 50-mile-long ship canal that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean next year.
A containership pulled by electric locomotives passes through Miraflores.
ATA Chairman Philip Byrd Sr. (left) and Second Vice Chairman Pat Thomas watch as a ship passes through a lock.
A ship rises in the lock.
ATA Chairman Philip Byrd Sr. (left) and First Vice Chairman Duane Long watch as a tanker passes.
With inches to spare, a tanker floats up a lock. Each of the new sets of locks will have three chambers, and each chamber will have three water reutilization basins.
A Panama Canal Railway Co. sign marks the 50-mile railway from Port of Balboa in Panama on the Pacific to Port of Cristobal on the Caribbean. The railway was built in 1858 and runs parallel to the canal.
ATA delegation (from left) Martin Rojas, Carlos Urriola, Bill Graves and Bob Costello view the sites along the rails on the way to Port of Manzanillo on the Atlantic side.
ATA President Bill Graves (left) and Vice President, Chief Economist Bob Costello take in the sites along the Panama Canal Railway.
SSA International Vice President Carlos Urriola (left) and ATA President Bill Graves discuss the locks and lakes along the Panama Canal Railway.
One of the many freshwater lakes along the Panama Canal Railway on the way to the Port of Manzanillo.
Loading a containership at the Manzanillo International Terminal. The facility will be able to handle vessels 3½ times larger once the Panama Canal expansion is complete.
A pelican soars along the port.
A Manzanillo International Terminal worker shows ATA Vice President of Security Martin Rojas the Port of Manzanillo.
A container bound for world ports is loaded at the Port of Manzanillo.
Stacked containers at the Port of Manzanillo terminal.
Containers at Manzanillo International Terminal will be loaded onto ships and transported to ports worldwide.
ATA President Bill Graves observes containers being loaded onto ships at Manzanillo International Terminal.
Panamanian truckers operating at the Manzanillo International Terminal.
Skyscrapers punctuate the Panama City skyline.
Ships pass through freshwater lakes on the way to the final locks on the Pacific.
The topside of a crane, which will load containers onto ships for delivery to global ports.
Container cranes at Manzanillo International Terminal on the Caribbean side of Panama.
An overview of stacked containers at Manzanillo International Terminal.
ATA officials (top and bottom) Bill Graves and Bob Costello come down from a loading crane.
Containers are loaded into a ship’s midsection.
ATA Chairman Philip Byrd Sr. (left), President Bill Graves and First Vice Chairman Duane Long meet with Jorge Quijano, CEO of Canal de Panama. Graves said the meeting was just as impressive as the tour of Canal operations.
ATA President Bill Graves (left) receives a book on the history of the Panama Canal as a gift from Canal de Panama CEO Jorge Quijano.
ATA executives (left to right) Dave Manning, Bob Costello, Pat Thomas, Philip Byrd Sr. and Bill Graves at the Panama Canal Authority meeting.
ATA President Bill Graves (second from right) and other members of the delegation meet with Canal de Panama CEO Jorge Quijano (second from left) and his staff.
ATA President Bill Graves (left) and Chairman Philip Byrd Sr. meet before their discussion with Panama Canal Authority officials.
ATA Chairman Philip Byrd Sr. accepts a gift from Canal de Panama CEO Jorge Quijano.