We have been given 3 enormous fenders, and 2 heavy 50m hauling lines, and have been briefed on what we need to do as line handlers as we go through the canal locks. There are 3 sets of locks, each a ladder of 3 chambers.
We will be going through the canal locks in a raft with a catamaran called Hanna, and the monohull Aurora B. Tintin will be on the left, the cat in the middle, and Aurora B on the right.
The raft behaves as one vessel, with fenders either side to prevent collision with the lock walls and a rope at each corner to stabilise the raft as we go up and then down within the locks.
The schedule is:
Advisors Boarding Time 1615hrs
Arrival Gatun Locks 1746hrs
Clearing Gatun Locks 1905hrs
Mooring Gatun Lake 1935hrs
Resuming Transit 0730hrs
Completing Transit 1646hrs (Miraflores Locks with the webcam are at the far end of the canal)