Sea Level: Enter the canal at Port Cristobal
A wider entrance will cut down on wait times, which can last a few days.
0 to 85 Feet: Rise through Gatun Locks
New, bigger locks will accommodate ships three times today's "Panamax".
85 Feet: Cross Gatun Lake
The lake's level will be raised two feet to boost reservoir capacity.
85 Feet: Pass through the lake's channels
Deeper channels will enable navigation by new Panamax ships.
85 Feet: Navigate the Culebra Cut
The cut connecting Gatun Lake and the Pacific locks will be four feet deeper.
85 to 54 Feet: Enter the Pedro Miguel Locks
54 Feet: Cross Miraflores Lake
Currently, ships nearing the Pacific encounter two sets of locks, separated by an artificial lake. A new Pacific access channel will bypass these steps altogether.
54 to 0 feet: Descend through Miraflores Locks
The locks on the Pacific side will be expanded to match the Atlantic's.
Sea Level: Enter the Pacific Ocean
Dredging, completed in 2013, will make exiting the canal faster.