Entering the upper Gatun lock of the Panama Canal

Entering the west lane, upper chamber of the Gatun locks. The lake side gates are open to allow the anticruisers and their lock-mate, a car carrier, to enter the chamber. The chamber's water level is the same as lake Gatun; clearly way below the chamber's capacity. Due to a drought and less water feeding the lake than required to operate the canal locks, the surface of lake Gatun was almost 2 meters below normal. This lack of water was a real concern, especially with the new super-locks coming online, serious operational restrictions were possible.

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