The new, larger locks at the Panama Canal opened in 2016 and allow larger vessels to transit through the 48-mile canal connecting the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean.
The Panama Canal was first used in August 1914. The original locks allow ships of up to 294 metres in length and 32.3 metres wide to transit. These size ships are known as Panamamax ships.
The new much larger locks allow ships measuring 365 metres in length and 49 metres wide to transit.