In a brief statement, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has said that it was not satisfied by the response given by the consortium building the third set of locks, Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) on the leakages in the Pacific Cocoli locks.
“Regarding the localised seepage in the concrete sill between the lower and middle chamber of the expanded Canal’s Pacific Locks, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has not yet received a response that satisfies the information requirements made to the contractor Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A. (GUPC),” the statement said.
“The contractor has sent two letters outlining the possible causes of the issue. However, it does not provide accurate information about the cause of this seepage.
“From the moment the failure was detected, the ACP requested GUPC to submit in writing a comprehensive and detailed diagnosis and cause, as well as a proposed solution and estimated time for correction, among other key elements. The most recent formal communications made by GUPC do not answer the questions raised,” it stated.