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1 minute ago, Vict0riann said:

You should be in bed, Tony!😀

 

Zaandam is moving through the lock.

 

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I know but as a former  " Dutch " Civil Engineer , Roads , bridges , waterways and locks , I had to see the new locks of the Panama Canal 

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good luck and God Bless to Captain Ane..  the Staff... Crew  and Passengers on the last leg of this journey and a big thank you to Panama for helping them out-- both the Zaandam and Rotterdam-- and making this transit  be done as fast as possible.. kudos to them  🙂

 

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Just now, sailingdutchy said:

 

 

I know but as a former  " Dutch " Civil Engineer , Roads , bridges , waterways and locks , I had to see the new locks of the Panama Canal 

 

Kinda like the Deltawerken/Delta Works 😉 

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Just now, sailingdutchy said:

 

 

I know but as a former  " Dutch " Civil Engineer , Roads , bridges , waterways and locks , I had to see the new locks of the Panama Canal 

Maybe now that HAL has used the new locks, the company will want to continue using them and we'll have the opportunity to go through. I imagine they are rather more expensive than the old ones, though? 

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2 minutes ago, Vict0riann said:

Maybe now that HAL has used the new locks, the company will want to continue using them and we'll have the opportunity to go through. I imagine they are rather more expensive than the old ones, though? 

 

They're quite a bit more $$$ to go through compared to the old locks so don't hold your breath too long 😉

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Yeah i'm done too. Time to shut down for the night. Will find them again on Marine Traffic tomorrow/later today. R is now in the lake doing 16 knots. So not far behind.

 

Red Tails Forever!

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We did 32 days on Rotterdam from 1/7 to 2/8 this year.  I just checked the time stamps on my pictures of the transits  The  times below are approximate.  
 

On the east bound transit my pictures cover the canal from just inside the Bridge of the Americas to just approaching the new bridge on the Atlantic side.  The transit time was about 8 1/2 hours.
 

Going westbound, the first picture was taken in the Gatun Locks and the last just leaving the Miraflores Locks.  The time was about 7 1/2 hours.

 

The Zaandam did it in less than half the time of our eastbound transit.

 

On both transits there was not nearly the traffic we’ve seen on any of our other transits.

 

This was amazing to watch.

 

In 1999, on the Ryndam, we were in the Gatun Locks with a US Navy sub next to us.   Most of the sailors were on deck watching us while we were watching them.  Those in the conning tower were watching through the periscope.  Subs at that time could not transit submerged and needed an escort Navy boat.

 

Wishing smooth seas and following winds to both ships.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Zaandam out of the Canal in three and a half hours!! and passing Colon, Panama, while Rotterdam is lining up for the first chamber of Agua Clara on the new canal. One of the smoothest run operations I have ever witnessed! My hat is off to the Captain Ane Jan Smit and his crew on Zaandam, to Captain Bas van Dreumel and his crew on Rotterdam, and to all the members of the Panama Canal Authority working tonight. Without their assistance, this perfect Panama Canal transit op would not have been possible! Brave Zulu to all, and now remains this "little" transit of the Caribbean Sea and Straits of Florida. Let's "git 'er done!

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3 hours ago, Vict0riann said:

She has slowed down now, only going 11.3 knots.  And Rottie is through and will be hurrying to catch up!

 

And now Zaandam is going 7.8 kenos and Rotterdam 11.8 - speeding up!

 

I hope someone will be up late and take some screen shots.  It's bedtime for me.  It has been an exciting evening. 

 

 

 

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Zaandam is the blue arrow at the top of this image.  MarineTraffic said 17.7 knots, destination US PEF.

 

Rotterdam was still in transit here just leaving the last of the Agua Clara locks. Can't see her when zoomed this far out but she's in that multicolored bubble snake at the bottom of the image.

 

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ETA: Zaandam is 19.6 knots now.

 

 

 

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