Students of the Panama International Maritime University (UMIP), with collaboration of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) had a guided academic tour of the excavation and expansion of the Panama Canal on the Atlantic and Pacific, as part of the learning process being undertaken by this institution.
Staff, faculty, students and cadets as well as the heads of the Maritime Civil Engineering, Nautical Science, Maritime Transportation and Marine Sciences faculties made the tour.
Over a period of two months there were a total of 19 visits to the expansion work in Cocolí (Pacific) and Gatun (Atlantic), which was attended by a total of 82 members of the UMIP staff and 890 students and cadets.
The objective of the program, organized by Professor Pablo Arturo Zapata Agnew, head of the School of Naval Construction and Maritime Civil Engineering of the UMIP is to set the stage for students and cadets to acquire experience, lessons and comparative knowledge between the technical and theoretical aspects of the work of the Panama Canal expansion and update teachers and administrative staff.
Students also attended from the Technical Maritime Institute of the UMIP, who viewed the advances of the expansion work and questioned ACP officials about the work.
The UMIP groups were attended by engineers from the ACP, who explained general and technical aspects of the extension work, such as deepening and widening of navigation channels.
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