The work of pouring the cement for the Canal’s expansion project was supposed to start in January 2011 but did not actually begin until July 2011, 7 months later. The company, Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) brought in additional equipment and qualified workers to accelerate the work. According to Alberto Aleman Zubieta, the Administer of the Panama Canal, the contractor, GUPC could not start pouring the concrete because the mixture of concrete wasn’t to the standards agreed upon in the contract.
News coming out now, months after the delay gives people suspicions that the Government is covering up the delays to the public. 7 months of lost time is going to be a challenge to complete all the work on time. The Panama Canal Expansion is originally slated for completion October 2014.