Museum HUGHEST roach! Cicadas. The scariest insect I ever encountered was an enormous cicada killer wasp, when I was in high school. How the locks work Observing the observation deck A group of VIPs Here comes a boat! There is often no more than a total of 2' of water between the sides of the boat and the edge of the canal, so they travel very slowly. The new, parallel can will be much deeper and 2 or 3 times as wide, so allow bigger boats through. A typical boat may be loaded with 5,000 containers. It usually costs $200,000 - $400,000 for a freighter to go through the canal, and there is a long line of them. In the daytime, they travel in one direction, and at night in the other. In Panama City, at night you can see the lights of a line of ships, waiting to go through the canal, waiting in the Pacific Ocean. When the new canal will be finished, it will double the capacity of the Canal, and the cost will go up to about $1,000,000 per ship! This is indeed the lifeblood of the prospering country!