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Incident at Panama Canal attributed to human error

Incident at Panama Canal attributed to human error

Panama City, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) The Panama Canal Administration (ACP) attributed to human error the overflow of water in the Gatun lock, in the Atlantic, an incident that occurred last Tuesday.
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According to an official statement on the investigation of the accident, it is specified that the water overtopped intermediate gates 15 and 16 that limit the intermediate chamber with the lower level of the west lane.

This was due to the fact that the valves controlling the flow of water to the chamber, which were located behind the ship, were not closed.

The specialists’ report adds that the power to the transformer rooms and the primary power supply from the Gatun hydroelectric plant was immediately deactivated, which protected the machinery and locomotives on the west rail. Also, for the safety of the personnel, they waited for the water levels inside the tunnels to drop, and then reestablished the power supply in the affected area.

No workers were injured as a result of this incident and only one transformer was affected as a result of the flooding.

The ACP also indicated that as a result of this incident, the interoceanic waterway is working on improvements in the programming of the system to reduce the possibility of human error, as well as in the revision of the protocols for this type of emergency.


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