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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


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.  


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


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 Dismisses ITF Claims

Image:  Brazil’s Fundação Homem de Mar (FHM)

 The Panama Canal has dismisses claims by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) that questions industry standards and the operation of the Expanded Panama Canal’s new locks.   Claims made by ITF that new locks built for the Panama Canal expansion will be


Container Shipping Demand Weakens

Graph: BIMCO

 The demand for container shipping is really not going anywhere at the moment. Indicators for growth in the first months of 2016 point to limited overall demand and huge variations from trade to trade. In addition, all numbers are impacted by Chinese New Year


New Tug Joins SAAM SMIT’s Panama Fleet

SST Rambala (Photo: SAAM SMIT Towage)

SAAM SMIT Towage (SST), a joint venture between SAAM and Royal Boskalis Westminster which operates in Canada, Mexico Panama and Brazil, has received a new tugboat to join its fleet in Panama.   Built in Rumania by Damen shipyard, SST Rambala belongs to the ASD 2913 series and is


Tulsa Port of Catoosa Completes $11 Mln Dock Renovation

Photo: Tulsa Port of Catoosa

Tulsa primed to expand shipping capacity as Panama Canal nears completion   After more than two years of phased construction, officials at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa formally dedicated their nearly $12 million dock renovation project Tuesday.  


Panama Canal Sets Depth Limit on Ships Due to Drought

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

The Panama Canal will next month impose new draft restrictions on ships due to falling water levels at nearby lakes that form part of the waterway, the authority that administers the canal said in a statement on Monday.   Ships seeking to cross the waterway must comply with a maximum depth


Panama Canal Expansion Inauguration Set for June

Photos courtesy of ACP

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has announced  that the Panama Canal Expansion will be officially inaugurated on Sunday, June 26, 2016. The announcement was made this morning during the inauguration ceremony of the Canal’s state-of-the-art Scale Model Maneuvering Training Facility


Panama Invites China and Taiwan for Canal Ceremony

Image:  Panama Canal Authority

 Taiwanese President-elect Tsai Ing-wen and Chinese President Xi Jinping have both been invited to the inauguration ceremony of the newly expanded Panama Canal on June 26.   Tsai Ing-wen's invitation from its Panamanian diplomatic ally is drawing local media attention as Chinese leader


Hapag-Lloyd Eyes Impact of New Grand Canal

One of the more than 34,000 employees who have been working on the huge project since 2007 (Photo courtesy of the Panama Canal Authority)

The Panama Canal has linked the Pacific with the Atlantic for more than 100 years. It will soon be possible for significantly larger ships to pass through its locks. What will the expansion mean for Hapag-Lloyd?   They’re still working in Panama


Valparaíso Express Class: Tailor-made for the New Canal

This is how the newbuildings will look like (Image: Hapag-Lloyd)

 The new, expanded Panama Canal is set to open soon. Hapag-Lloyd is preparing for the event by optimizing its fleet. Here, we show you what these new ships will look like.   The new Panama Canal will usher in a new era in shipping between South America and Europe


Transit Reservations for Expanded Panama Canal Begins

Panama Canal Expansion Photo PCA

Today, the Panama Canal began accepting transit reservations for Neopanamax vessels for commercial transits through the Expanded Canal starting on June 27, 2016. In light of the upcoming Expansion inauguration date, the Panama Canal will offer four additional slots per day for Neopanamax vessels


Expanded Panama Canal Begins to Take Transit Reservations

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The Panama Canal began accepting transit reservations for Neopanamax vessels for commercial transits through the Expanded Canal starting on June 27, 2016. In light of the upcoming Expansion inauguration date, the Panama Canal will offer four additional slots per day for Neopanamax vessels


CO2 Emissions for Every Ship for Every Hour!

Map:  UCL Energy Institute

 Researchers at UCL Energy Institute use the methodology they developed for the Third IMO GHG Study 2014 and AIS data to estimate emissions from five different ship types and display this in a new interactive map that plots 250 million data points to show the movements of the world’s


Panama Canal’s Emission Reduction Initiatives Highlighted

Last week, the Panama Canal participated as a part of the Panamanian delegation 69th Session of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meeting that took place in London. During this five-day meeting


PCA - Draw to Select First Vessel to Transit

Panama Canal Expansion Courtesy PCA

The Panama Canal will hold a draw on Friday, April 29, to select the first vessel which will transit through the Expanded Canal when it is inaugurated on Sunday, June 26. The draw will take place at the Panama Canal Administration Building and a Notary Public to serve as witness.


China COSCO to be First through the Expanded Panama Canal

The Panama Canal Administrator, Jorge L. Quijano, with Zhang Guodong, General Manager, China COSCO Shipping Panama (right) and Paul XU, General Manager, China COSCO Shipping Panama (left). (Photo: Panama Canal Authority)

China COSCO Shipping has won the draw for its container vessel Andronikos to make the ceremonial first transit through the Expanded Panama Canal during the waterway’s inauguration on Sunday, June 26.  The vessel, which has a maximum capacity of 9,400 TEUs, is 8.25 meters in beam and 299






 
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