Photo of the Week
February 3, 2013

A break from the Ralph Sartor collection this week for a more modern treat.

My friend and CZImages contributor Bill Fall recently sent me some photos that he took during a January 2013 transit.  I nearly jumped out of my chair when I saw these and thought you would like these too.

The ferryboat is back on the Panama Canal after many years.  These photos were taken from Gatun Locks looking towards the Atlantic mouth of the Panama Canal.

See the article from The Bulletin Panama ( below the photo below.

Thank you for sending in these great photos Bill.

A “temporary” ferry eases cross-Canal traffic flow

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is operating a ferry service in the province of Colon named “November 5”.

It allows passenger and cargo vehicles to cross the Canal entrance on the Atlantic side. This ferry operates in both directions, increasing safety at the Gatun Locks.

Users do not need to wait for ships to transit and the service is free to the population of the Costa Abajo of Colon province.

The ferry runs from the Gatun Locks to Davis.

The ferry only runs on weekends from 5 a.m. to 12 noon, and is operated by ACP personnel.

It has full firefighting equipment and its maritime safety is fully approved.

The ferry has a capacity of up to 18 normal size vehicles or a combination of buses and trucks with a weight of up to 450 tons of cargo including construction machinery, which is not allowed to move across the bridge at the Gatun locks.

The two terminals to embark and disembark are located east of Davis, and on the west side of the Canal, to allow traffic movement with minimal waiting time.

This modern ferry provides temporary transport north of Gatun Locks until the establishment of a new permanent vehicular crossing. Studies in 2004 chose this ferry as an alternative to solve the situation until the construction of a bridge or tunnel. The bridge was chosen and approved.

Before the implementation of the ferry service, all cars, trucks or cargo passing from one side to the other had to use the small bridge over the Canal in Gatun, sometimes waiting 45 minutes or more for vessels transiting the Canal to clear this area.

The ferry is named “November 5” in tribute to the contribution of the epic separatist movement mounted in Colon in 1903.

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