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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

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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

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 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.


Sill Reinforcements Complete in New Panama Canal Locks

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced that sill reinforcements in the new locks have been completed this week, bringing the Panama Canal Expansion closer to inauguration.   The filling of the Pacific-facing Cocoli Locks has already begun


COSCO Plans European Transhipment Hub

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 China's COSCO is forging ahead with a plan to build a European transhipment hub, reports Reuters. The state owned shipping giant is expected to make an offer for Greece's rail network after becoming the sole bidder for the country's largest port.  


Funding Secured for Project to Deepen the Delaware River

Dennis Rochford, president of the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay, announced that President Obama’s FY17 proposed budget includes $33 million for the Delaware River Deepening Project. In addition to the Administration’s funding


Ice Condition 3 for Delaware Bay

Image of Delaware Bay Credit Wikipedia

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Condition 3 has been set for the Port which includes the Delaware Bay and River, the C&D Canal, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the ICW. This means that weather conditions are favorable for the formation of ice in


Delay 'Likely' in Opening of Expanded Panama Canal

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

 The opening of a newly expanded Panama Canal, previously scheduled for April, will be postponed due to cracks detected in the new set of locks that are the centerpiece of the $5.25 billion overhaul, EFE quotes Panama Canal Authority (ACP) head Jorge Quijano as saying.  


Panama Canal Expansion 96% Complete

(ACP file photo showing construction underway at the Panama Canal)

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced that the first-ever expansion is 96 percent complete.   A video of recent progress can be seen here.   In line with this, ACP CEO/Administrator Jorge L. Quijano provided a next-step update at an industry event Friday in Panama City. 


Transhipment NSC Ports Down 1%

Location of canal in dark blue Courtesy Wikipedia

  The seaports in the North Sea Canal Area, which includes the ports of Amsterdam, IJmuiden, Beverwijk and Zaanstad, saw transhipment decrease in 2015 for the first time in years. The decrease amounted to 1%, with a total of 97 million tonnes in 2015 compared to 97.8 million tonnes in 2014


Largest FPT Lock Gates Installed in the Netherlands

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New fiber reinforced polymer lock gates, reportedly the world’s largest, were installed in the new Lock III in the Wilhelmina canal in Tilburg, the Netherlands on January 9. On behalf of Rijkswaterstaat (Dutch Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management)


UASC's 18,000 TEU Al Zubara Transits Suez Canal

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United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) and Ahli United Bank, Egypt marked the passing of 18,800 TEU Vessel M.V. Al Zubara ultra-large container vessel through the new Suez Canal this week. The event is one of the first in a series of activities being organized by UASC to celebrate 40 years in


US Coast Guard to Break Ice in Green Bay

The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to commence icebreaking operations Thursday in the waters of Green Bay in Lake Michigan.   The Coast Guard said these operations will likely occur in areas commonly used by recreational users, such as but not limited to, the Fox River


Deck Cooling While Transiting Panama Canal

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Effective immediately, and until further notice, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP)  will require transiting crude oil tankers, product carrier, and chemical tankers carrying cargoes with flashpoint of less than 18 deg. C, to cool their main decks with water by means of the on-deck water


Port Tampa Bay to Reap Fruits of Expanded Panama Canal

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 Port Tampa Bay is spending $21.5 million on a pair of new cranes that will be able to unload bigger container ships, and it is investing millions more to make it easier for trucks and trains to exit the port and be on their way.   


Vessel Sinks in Atlantic Entrance to Panama Canal

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The M/V ALITA. IMO 8503814 (174.10 meters LOA x 15,85 meters in beam) has been reported sunk at the following approximate position: Latitude 09 deg. 23.87’N and Longitude 079 deg. 55.75’W, which is about 0.7 nautical miles and 325 deg. from the West Breakwater Light.


Chinpo Shipping Fined Over North Korea Gunrunning Case

 Chinpo Shipping Company was fined a total of $180,000 on Friday (Jan 29) for transferring funds that could reasonably have been used to contribute to North Korea's nuclear programme and for running a remittance business without a valid licence.  


June Deadline for Panama Canal Expansion

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

 The Panama Canal expansion project is now expected to be finished “mid of 2016” says a report in Reuters quoting the waterway's administrator.    "The new set of larger locks for the Panama Canal will be complete by the end of June






 
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