IWF Panama member, Ilya Espino de Marotta, who is in charge of preparing the designs and specifications for all Panama Canal Projects, and who led the execution of the Panama Canal Expansion Program, will celebrate the opening of the new waterway later this month on June 26th.
The expansion will double the isthmus’s capacity for carrying cargo between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and is expected to have a significant impact on global markets, by increasing the capacity for larger oil cargo ships to pass the through the locks, lowering overall maritime transport costs. The canal will accommodate ships the size of three football fields, which will carry double the capacity of current cargo vessels.
Ilya is known for wearing her trademark pink construction helmet and pink safety vest – and for being one of the most preeminent and respected women in Panama. She lectures to experts from around the world about the engineering challenges of the canal and its future impact on global trade.
IWF Panama is a newer forum in the IWF global network, developed in 2015 and officially announced by IWF’s Board of Directors in January of 2016.
Watch Ilya Espino de Marotta discuss her ascent as a woman engineer with the BBC News Service: