Middle lock
 
Middle lock -
These are the doors of the middle lock. when full, this lock indicates 45 feet depth. When
'empty' it says 18.
In total the locks lift and lower the ships over 26 meters. On the Caribbean side that is, where there is almost no tidal function. At the pacific the tide can fall up to 6 meters!
Ships take an hour and a half to pass each set of locks, 10 hours to passe the canal. Excluding waiting times which can be long.

Small ships are handled at night, big ones in day time. The canal never sleeps.
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