Monaco Explorations next mission will be at Malpelo Island in the Eastern Pacific Ocean about 500km off the coast of Columbia. The Monaco Explorations team and scientific teams arrived in Panama City, Panama to prepare for the mission. Our vessel arrived in the Pacific Ocean via the Panama Canal on March 8th. It took a total of 9 hours in total to pass through the 80km canal. Construction on the Panama Canal began in 1881 and was completed in 1914. Nearly 14,000 ships pass through the canal annually.