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U.S. Sec of Commerce Visits Panama Canal

U. S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutiérrez visited the Panama Canal today as part of an official Panama tour. Panama Canal Authority Administrator/CEO Alberto Alemán Zubieta met Secretary Gutiérrez and the U.S. delegation at the Miraflores Locks, where he explained how the waterway works and provided details on the progress of the Canal's expansion. Expansion will build a new lane of traffic along the Panama Canal through the construction of a new set of locks, which will double capacity and allow more traffic and longer, wider ships.


Panama Canal Reinforces Tug Fleet for Expansion

Photo Courtesy of the Panama Canal

The Panama Canal has increased its tugboat fleet with the arrival of the first two of 14 tugboats that will improve the waterway’s resources to offer a safer and more efficient service to the global shipping industry. These tugboats will strengthen the Canal’s capacity for the operation of the Third Set of Locks. “These new tugboats will allow the Panama Canal to continue offering a world-class service,” Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quiijano said


Panama Canal Prepares Workforce for New Locks

Photo courtesy ACP

As part of the preparations for the expanded Panama Canal, the Board of Inspectors of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has certified 12 new tugboat captains after successfully completing training. This is the fourth group of the program which started in 2008 and has certified 47 tugboat captains. This represents 50% of the goal set to meet the demand for the efficient and safe transit of vessels through the new locks of the Panama Canal.


ACP Charters Post-Panamax Ship for Pilot Training

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) will charter a Post-Panamax vessel before the opening of the expanded Canal to be used for training purposes in the Third Set of Locks. The Executive Vice President of Operations Esteban Saenz reported that the Panama Canal will charter a Post-Panamax ship to train pilots and tugboat captains that will assist in transits through the new lane. Saenz said the vessel will be used several months before the opening of the expanded Canal to test the new locks


Panama Canal, Port Manatee Strategic Alliance

To help spur growth and capitalize on the Panama Canal’s expansion, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) and Port Manatee embarked on their first-ever strategic alliance. In an official ceremony held in Panama City, Panama, ACP Administrator/CEO Alberto Alemán Zubieta and Port Manatee Executive Director David L. McDonald signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to boost joint marketing, and encourage the exchange of information and business insight.


ACP Commemorates 13 Years of Local Administration

Panama Canal Administrator Jorge Luis Quijano.

The Panama Canal is celebrating 13 years under Panamanian administration. During this period, the Canal has strengthened its role in international commerce as a result of investment in the modernization of its infrastructure, its expansion and an alliance with its natural surroundings.   “The Panama Canal reaffirms its relevance in international commerce more than ever as a result of the decisions and actions that Panamanians have taken with regard to its management


ACP to Modify Pricing Structure

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Panama Canal proposes tolls adjustments and creates new market segments to reflect real value of the route and better serve its customers.New market segments by vessel type are created and consultation period with interested parties begins. The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Board of Directors approved a proposal to modify the Panama Canal pricing structure to align Canal toll charges with the value the route provides.   New Segments  


Panama Canal Presents Expansion Program to Financial Markets

Continuing to move forward with expansion plans, Panama Canal executives presented the Canal's Expansion Program to international financial institutions yesterday. Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Administrator/CEO Alberto Alemán Zubieta provided a snapshot of the Republic of Panama, the Canal's operational achievements and increase in capacity through continuous improvements and modernization work. He also outlined the progress made on expansion


PSA Starts Expansion Work on 2m teu Panama Terminal

Image: PSA Panama International Terminal (PPIT)

 Singapore-based port operator PSA Panama International Terminal (PSA Panama) has started a USD 400 million expansion of its container terminal located on the west bank of the Panama Canal Pacific.   It has started on the expansion after being granted approval by the National Assembly, the Panama Canal Authority ACP, the Panama Maritime Authority and the Panamanian State.   The expansion is targeted to be ready for operations before the end of 2016


Panama Canal Authority, Model of D'Artagnan Dredger

Photo courtesy Panama Canal Authority

Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Administrator/CEO Alberto Alemán Zubieta, joined by DEME Group CEO Alain Bernard, recently unveiled a model of the D'Artagnan dredger during a ceremony at the Panama Canal's Miraflores Visitors' Center.  The D'Artagnan is the most powerful self-propelled heavy duty cutter suction dredger in the world, with its special design for cutting rocks and sand dredging. Owned by Belgian company Dredging International (part of the DEME group)


Maersk Line Reroutes Asia

Photo: Maersk Line

 US East Coast service through the Panama Canal to improve transit times significantly!   Maersk Line will transform its TP12 service in to a standalone, around-the-world service that provides significantly faster transit times between Far East Asia and the US East Coast.  


First U.S. LNG shipment to cross expanded Panama Canal

The United States will ship its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo through an expanded Panama Canal next week.   The waterway shaves distances between export plants dotted along the Gulf of Mexico and Asia to 9,000 miles from 16,000, allowing U.S


A Painful Shipping Record – Vessel Scrapping

file image: Marad

More containership capacity is being demolished than ever before, including old-design ships made redundant by the new Panama Canal. Drewry checks if this end the current capacity surplus?   Now is not a good time to own an old containership


First Post-Panamax Reaches SC Ports via Expanded Canal

The K Line vessel Hannover Bridge arrives in Charleston, the inaugural call of a post-Panamax size vessel to South Carolina Ports Authority after transiting the newly-opened Panama Canal expansion. Photo SC Ports

Today South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) welcomed the Hannover Bridge, first post-Panamax size vessel to call Charleston after transiting the newly-opened Panama Canal expansion.   "SCPA is already benefiting from the upsizing of vessels in response to the expansion


Panama Canal, PortMiami Renew MOU as Port Welcomes MOL Majesty

Courtesy PortMiami

Today, another milestone agreement was reached as Panama Canal Administrator and CEO Jorge L. Quijano and PortMiami Director Juan M. Kuryla renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote trade opportunities and share best customer practices.  


Widened Panama Canal to Affect Trade Patterns

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

 It was another lacklustre month for the shipping industry as freight rates in almost all sectors softened further. Drewry’s Earnings Index declined by 0.5% during the month to 52.4.    The new locks of the Panama Canal finally became operational in June


Panama Canal Extension May Be Bad for Some Shippers

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

The newly inaugurated Panama Canal may not be as beneficial as it seems for container ship carriers, says Xeneta, a benchmarking and market intelligence platform for containerized ocean freight.   Although the new sets of locks and deeper


An Expanded Canal Means and Expanded Economy

(Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation)

Just two weeks ago, the world watched as the first commercial vessel, M/V COSCO SHIPPING PANAMA, successfully navigated the Panama Canal’s new expanded locks. The inaugural event was broadcast live to a worldwide audience as the Panamanians in attendance cheered and waved flags in


WSS Assists Avance Gas Vessels Transit Panama Canal

Steffen Langlette Photo WSS

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) is moving to ensure that its customers’ vessels pass through the new Panama and Suez Canals with the optimum efficiency, speed and safety thanks to a fresh Ships Agency ‘canal transit’ solution


MOL Benefactor - First Neo Panamax Containership Transits Expanded Canal

MOL Benefactor transits through the new canal Photo MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.  today announced that the MOL Benefactor, a 10,000-TEU containership has successfully passed through the expanded Panama Canal on July 1, 2016. This is significant in that the MOL Benefactor is the first Neo-Panamax containership to perform a commercial transit


Panama's Expanded Canal Attracts Biz and Tourists

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

 Recent expansion of the Panama Canal should lower shipping costs, say market observers. Shipping geeks will delight at this engineering marvel that revolutionized global maritime trade.   As a major Latin American hub of finance, commerce and transportation


Big News For Bigger Boxships

Graph: Clarksons Research

 With the locks at the Panama Canal up and running for commercial business, the focus falls on the containership sector, with the capability to allow the transit of larger boxships one of the key aims of the canal expansion project. Clarksons Research Analysis.  


Panama Canal Traffic to Double

Panama Canal Photo PCA

The expansion of the Panama Canal will take traffic through the inter-oceanic passage to a new level, which already handles around 6 percent of global trade transportation, its administrator said on Saturday. With the expansion of the canal's width and depth, the volume of traffic will double


BIMCO: Containership Scrapping Heats Up

(Source: BIMCO)

  As the containershipping market continues to drift through a prolonged downturn premised on overcapacity a subdued world economy, BIMCO reports a glimmer of hope:  demolition of containerships almost tripled in the first five months of 2016 in comparison to the same period of 2015


LPG Carrier Makes First Commercial Transit through Expanded Panama Canal

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

On June 27, the expanded Panama Canal opened for commercial transit, and Lycaste Peace, a very large liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier operated by NYK, was the first vessel to complete a commercial passage through the new locks.  






 
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