Photo Gallery: Panama Canal Expands

Photo Gallery: Panama Canal Expands
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A cargo ship passes through the relatively narrow locks at Gatún on August 17, 2006.

The expanded locks will allow so-called post-Panamax vessels to cross the canal. Panamax is a maritime standard that sets the maximum size of ships that can pass through the existing locks. Post-Panamax ships are up to 50 percent wider.

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—Photograph by Teresita Chavarria/AFP/Getty Images
 
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