Pedro Miguel Lock

We caught up with Catalyst who had gone alongside. With us to tie up to they came back to centre chamber. This is the Pedro Miguel lock, the first set of locks on the Pacific side with just a single chamber. Next are the Miraflores Locks, just under a nautical mile further along the canal, with two chambers.

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The Ocean Dream entering the lock.

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Looking down the canal toward the Miraflores locks.

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The Catalyst rafted up alongside, the crew looking a bit thin on it.  If they knew where their groceries were we would be fighting off a boarding party.

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The Ocean Dream moves into position

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A close up of the Mules

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The Gap

As we got closer we passed the diversion to the new locks:

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At this stage the Pilot was getting us to slow down, he didn’t think the Ocean Dream would slow down enough for us to overtake but after a chat with their Pilot he asked me for full speed again.

We went down the port side of the Ocean Dream with her still moving ahead, more radio chats and she went still. Nice Pilot had given us a chance. Our Pilot says, Can You?  With a long wait as the alternative just watch.

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At this point it looked like a big gap, I was more worried about their lines hanging down getting fouled on the mast or an antenna.

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The Pilot was worried about their bulbous bow but it was well tucked in under the flare of the bow, we would be doing damage before that.

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The Ocean Dream crew woke up and pulled their lines up as we ran the gap

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No problems, the Bridge Team have a laugh.

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