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Ilya Espino de Marotta, who is in charge of preparing the designs and specifications for all Panama Canal Projects, and who led the execution of the Panama Canal Expansion Program, will celebrate the opening of the new waterway later this month on June 26th.

The expansion will double the isthmus’s capacity for carrying cargo between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and is expected to have a significant impact on global markets, by increasing the capacity for larger oil cargo ships to pass the through the locks, lowering overall maritime transport costs. The canal will accommodate ships the size of three football fields, which will carry double the capacity of current cargo vessels.

Ilya is known for wearing her trademark pink construction helmet and pink safety vest – and for being one of the most preeminent and respected women in Panama. She lectures to experts from around the world about the engineering challenges of the canal and its future impact on global trade.

About the Panama Canal Authority
The Panama Canal is run by an autonomous agency of the Government of Panama in charge of managing, operating and maintaining the Panama Canal. The operation of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is based on its organic law and the regulations approved by its Board of Directors. For more information, please refer to the ACP’s website: http://www.pancanal.com or follow us on Twitter @thepanamacanal.

About the Panama Canal Expansion Program
The Expansion Program is the largest enhancement project since the Canal’s opening in 1914. Considered and analyzed for a decade with more than 100 studies, the Expansion provides the world’s shippers, retailers, manufacturers and consumers with greater shipping options, better maritime service, enhanced logistics and supply-chain reliability. The Expansion included the construction of a new set of locks on the Atlantic and Pacific sides of the waterway and the excavation of more than 150 million cubic meters of material, creating a second lane of traffic and doubling the cargo capacity of the waterway. While the Expanded locks are 70 feet wider and 18 feet deeper than those in the original Canal, they use less water due to water-savings basins that recycle 60 percent of the water used per transit. In line with its commitment to customer service, the Panama Canal will continue to provide the world with value for another century and beyond.

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