The Kingston port expansion initiative stems from the Panama Canal expansion project. On June 26, 2016 – following nine years of construction work – the Panama Canal expansion was inaugurated. The facility has doubled its capacity and now accommodates increased traffic. Two lock systems were built, new canals were excavated, existing channels were widened and deepened, and the maximum operational level of Gatun Lake was raised.
The expansion and rehabilitation works at the port of Kingston carried out by the consortium represent a strategic issue for the region: they will increase vessel draught to accommodate the very large Post-Panamax container ships (for which the Panama Canal was expanded).