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Panama Canal Sets New Tonnage Record

Panama Canal Authority Administrator/CEO Jorge Luis Quijano.

The Panama Canal set a mark in its history as it reached a new tonnage record of 333.7 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS) during fiscal year 2012 which concluded on September 30.  This achievement highlights the value of Panama and its significance as a link in the chain of global trade.   "This milestone attests to the reliable and continuous service offered by the Canal, which is supported by a workforce of 10,000 men and women. The Panama Canal works tirelessly to provide its customers with first-rate service, including new products and services in response to their evolving shipping and maritime needs," said Panama Canal Authority Administrator/CEO Jorge Luis Quijano.   Preliminary figures showed that the Panama Canal closed fiscal year 2012 with 333.7 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS).  This figure represents an increase of 11.6 million Panama Canal tons or 3.6% compared to the 322.1 million tons registered last year, and also surpasses the previous 2007 record of 312.9 million tons.  (Under PC/UMS, a mathematical formula is applied to the vessel´s total volume or cargo carrying capacity).   PC/UMS tonnage during the most recent fiscal years of the Panama Canal:     FY PC/UMS (in millions):   2002 235.1 2003 242.7 2004 266.9 2005 279.3 2006 297.8 2007 312.9 2008 309.6 2009 299.1 2010 300.8


America’s First Marine Highway Comes Back to Life

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The New York State Canal System, once forgotten as a commercial shipping option, is on the rise again, after years of decline. The shorter, greener and smarter route(s) make increasingly good sense for high value cargoes. Commercial utilization of America’s original superhighway – the Erie Canal – is on the rise again in recent years after years of decline. The third generation of the famed Erie Canal – the “Barge Canal” was constructed between 1905 and 1918


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 Board Approves New Port Plans

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

State-of-the-art facility in Corozal receives green light from canal’s board of directors   The Panama Canal board of directors this week formally approved the development and construction of a transshipment port in Panama’s Corozal region. Upon completion, the port will have the capacity to handle more than five million TEUs within a 120-hectare area at the canal’s entrance to the Pacific. The project is now awaiting the final step for approval from Panama’s


Egypt Bullish on New Suez Canal expansion

Pic by Suez Canal Authority

 The Egyptian government is pressing ahead with the first major expansion of the canal in almost 150 years, to allow ships to pass north and south concurrently, reports Telegraph.   The Suez Canal Area Development and the Second Suez Canal Projects are the most important drivers of economic recovery in Egypt and mark a turning point for a country that has been marred by continuing instability.   The project – which has been underwritten by Egyptians subscribing to


Egypt on a War Footing to Expand Suez Canal

Image by Suez Canal Authority

 The Suez Canal Authority is in a race to quickly expand the vital waterway for two-way traffic by August 2015, says an Associate Press report. Workers dig round the clock on Suez Canal expansion, hoping for surge in East-West trade.   President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has made the project a point of nationalist glory, not to mention a cornerstone of plans to revive the economy.    But while shippers say more ships may be drawn by shorter waiting times


Panama Canal To Be Run As Business After Handover

The Panama Canal will be run as a competitive business for the benefit of the Panamanian people after it reverts to national control at year's end, the waterway's administrator said. "The Canal was run before on a break-even concept, like a public utility," Panama Canal Commission (PCC) administrator Alberto Aleman Zubieta told a lunch for members of the American Chamber of Commerce. "But it will be run on the corporate concept of profitability ... for the 2


Panamanians Vote Yes for Canal Expansion

The voting began on Sunday morning, where the enthusiasm and energy was apparent as each voter played their part in this historic event that determined the direction and future of the Canal and Panama. By law, expansion, or the “third set of locks project,” must be put to a vote in a popular referendum. The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) presented its formal proposal to the Panamanian government in April. In the end, 78 percent voted for expansion, as of 9:30 p.m. EDT.


200 Years of Erie Canal History

April 2011 marks the 200th anniversary of the key decisions for the construction of the Erie Canal, a monumental public works project that transformed the economy of New York State.   Two centuries ago, on April 8, 1811, the state Legislature approved a measure that set into motion the construction of the Erie Canal. This followed the delivery of a report on March 2, 2011 of a report by the original Commission.  


Temporary Suspension of 2nd Southbound Convoy

  Effective from today, the entry of the second southbound convoy into the Suez Canal has been suspended until completion of cleansing and dredging work in the new Canal area. All southbound vessels are able to transit the Canal within the limit time designated for the first southbound convoy. The first southbound convoy commences daily on at 0100 hours local time, with a limit time of arrival 1900 hours on the previous day.


Panama Canal Sees Record Grain, Salt Cargoes

Photo: ACP

From October 2014 through March 2015, cargo shipments in dry bulkers through the Panama Canal increased by 8 percent, equaling 66 million long tons in total.    During this time, the Panama Canal registered more than 2,008 transits of dry bulkers


Thailand, China Teams Up on Kra Canal

The Kra Canal vs. the Strait of Malacca. Map by the Schiller Institute, Washington

 Thailand and China have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Guangzhou to jointly cut a shipping passage across Kra Isthmus in southern Thailand, the narrowest part of the Malay Peninsula.   The canal, located at Kra Isthmus


Four New Tugs for the Port of Alexandria

Voith Water Tractor „Salam 6“ operating in the Suez Canal (Photo: Voith)

The Alexandria Port Authority has placed an order for four new Voith Water Tractors (VWT) to be built at different shipyards in Egypt. Two tugs with an engine power of 2 x 1,920 kW each will be propelled by two Voith Schneider Propellers VSP 28R5/210-2


China Denies Kra Canal Deal

The Kra-Canal Project. Map: International Institute of Marine Surveying

 China has denied it is involved in work on the Kra canal, defusing hype over a project that purportedly lets ships bypass the Strait of Malacca and Singapore's port, reports Strait Times.   There are no plans by the Chinese government to participate


General Mills Strategically placed in Port Salford

Courtesy Port Salford

  General Mills UK & Ireland – responsible for a range of market-leading brands, including Old El Paso, Green Giant, Betty Crocker and Nature Valley – is to be the first tenant at a new state-of-the-art distribution hub that will save 600


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


Suez Canal Revenues up in March

Egypt's revenue from the Suez Canal was $420.1 million in March, a government website said on Tuesday, up from $382 million in February. The fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia is one of Egypt's main sources of foreign currency.


Final Gate Installed in Panama Canal Expansion

The Panama Canal Expansion, the canal's largest project since its original construction more than 100 years ago, is now 88 percent complete overall, with several major components such as its dry excavation and dredging projects already finished, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) reported.  


Panama Council Approves New Canal Tolls

Image: Panama Canal Authority

The Cabinet Council of the Republic of Panama has officially approved a proposal to modify the Canal tolls structure, following a recommendation from the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Board of Directors.   The accepted proposal—which modifies the pricing structure for most Canal


62.9% of Dredging at New Suez Canal Finalized

New Suez Canal Project: Suez Canal Authority

 Up to 157.260 million cubic meters of water-saturated sand have been dredged so far as part of the Suez Canal Development Project, said executive director supervising the dredging process Wagdi Zaki, according to a statement by  Egypt State Information Service (SIS).  


Panama Okays New Canal Toll Structure

Toll infographic (Source: Panama Canal)

 Panama’s cabinet council has approved a request by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) to modify the canal toll structure and implement volume-based discounts for container ships. The new toll schedule will take effect April 1, 2016.  


Giant Hanjin Boxship Catches Fire in Suez

Hanjin Green Earth:  Hanjin Shipping

 Suez Canal Authority said it controlled a blaze in a British container ship passing the waterway Friday, leaving no human losses.   An ultra-large container ship owned by Hanjin Shipping caught fire while underway just south of the Suez Canal on 1 May.  


CMA CGM'S Largest Ship Crosses Suez Canal

CMA CGM Kerguelen

The CMA CGM Group has announced that the CMA CGM KERGUELEN, the group’s largest vessel, crossed the Suez Canal for the first time on May 2, 2015. On this occasion, the Suez Canal Authority Chairman, the Admiral Mohab Mameesh, boarded the CMA CGM KERGUELEN and completed a section of the Canal


Sixth Season of Hudson River Dredging Begins

After an area has been dredged of contaminated sediment to the EPAs standards, clean backfill is transported on a barge by a tug boat. The backfill replaces dredged sediment and maintains the natural contours of the riverbed. (Photo: EPA)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck announced the start of the sixth, and final, season of dredging of PCB-contaminated sediments from the bottom of the Hudson River. The historic dredging project – one of the largest and most complex cleanups in


Single Window Reporting for All German Ports

  Effective from 27 May 2015, German Authorities will implement the reporting requirements for vessels according to EC-directive 2010/65/EU (national single window reporting formalities). This directive is designed to achieve harmonization and simplification of reporting formalities in






 
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