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Panama Canal worker dies while performing maintenance work

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Panama Canal worker dies while performing maintenance work

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 17:28

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A Panama Canal worker died today with unknown causes while performing underwater maintenance tasks in the Gatun locks, located on the Caribbean side of the interoceanic highway.

The Panama Canal Administration (ACP) reported in a brief statement that the worker, whose identity was not revealed, was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead.

"As established by the Canal procedures, an investigation has been started immediately to determine the causes of the accident," the Panama Canal Administration said in a brief statement.

The canal, added the authority in the same statement, "is providing assistance to the relatives of the worker in these difficult times."

The canal, built by the United States at the beginning of the last century and transferred to Panama on December 31, 1999, accounts for about 6 percent of world trade and connects more than 140 sea routes and 1,700 ports in 160 different countries.

In June, the inauguration of the Canal expansion reached its second anniversary. The Canal was built to help cross the so-called neopanamax, with the capacity to carry up to 14,000 containers.

Container transport remains 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.



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