April 19, 2014

April 6, 2014: Canal Day: Part One

The Panamanian authorities come to vet us.

We both woke with great enthusiasm and made the dining room before most of the early birds.  Pastries instead of croissants for breakfast.
On deck ten; G is on deck 11..

 We reconnoitered the bow decks, and found ourselves a place out on the front to see and photograph the Panama Canal as we passed through.  Of like mind, our dinner table friends joined us.  Our constant lens clicking accompanied the ship into the locks.
Two MSC container ships going up the locks just in front of us.

New much larger, lock construction.
New gates for the new locks.  These will slide horozontally in and out of the walls unlike the old gates that open like doors.
A piece of the remaining French Canal.

Tugs nudging the MSC Kim into the lock.

Those are refrigeration units at the stern of both ships.  Notice the vertically hanging lifeboats on both ships.

Panamax indeed.

As the locks close on the MSC Kim, a rowboat comes to collect our line for the mule waiting dockside.

A mule waits for us.

The locks are closing and a small bridge is also closed just in front of the lock gates.

As the MSC KIM leaves the bottom lock, a truck and boat cross the narrow bridge.

As we enter the first lock, a fire engine crosses the bridge and a tanker begins its downward transit.


Up we go.

9 comments:

  1. I enjoy all of your photos of your trip, Mage. You and G looked really snazzy in your black outfit and his tuxedo.

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  2. Awesome. I like the photo with you best. I know George took it, but I also know this moment was quite special!

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  3. Wow, really great pics. I love the ones of the uneven water way with the cars going on the bridge below. Did you take video?

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  4. WOW! I would have been there with you garnering a neat spot from which to take pics!!

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  5. A amazing structure, enjoyed your pictures and seeing your smiling face.

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  6. After reading your post, I had to go and educate myself a bit more on the Panama canal. I watched a 10 minute youtube video and read the wikipedia article.

    I re-read your post and I smiled because I now know what "Panamax" is!

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  7. We have friends that did the canal cruise and just loved it. I'm glad I can see it through your lens.

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  8. great pics!! thanks, mage. enjoy yr cruise.

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