The Sunny Hope is entering the middle of the 3 Gatun Locks. The ms Westerdam has exited the middle lock and the duel lock gates can be seen closing behind us.
The cranes in the distance are located at the Panama port of Colon.
The Panama Canal is a money-generating facility that was in American control until it was handed over to the country of Panama at the end of the 20th century. For boats to pass through the canal, they must pay a toll. The amount of the toll depends on various factors, including the size of the ship and the cargo aboard. The highest toll paid as of July 2011 to cross the Panama Canal was set in 2010 when the cruise ship the Norwegian Pearl eclipsed the previous record set by the cruise ship Disney Magic. The luxurious Pearl had to shell out $375,600 to make the pass through the canal. The Disney Magic had held the record from 2008 for its toll of $331,200. The smallest toll ever charged at the canal was 36 cents to a swimmer, Richard Halliburton, in 1928.
IMO number 9482134
Name of the ship SUNNY HOPE
Type of ship BULK CARRIER
Gross tonnage 33138 tons
DWT 58787 tons
Year of build 2011
Builder KAWASAKI HEAVY INDUSTRIES – KOBE, JAPAN
Class society NIPPON KAIJI KYOKAI
Manager K LINE – TOKYO, JAPAN
Owner CHUGOKU SOUGYO – FUKUYAMA, JAPAN