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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


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 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


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


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


Plans in Place for New Suez Canal

A containership transits the Suez Canal (Photo courtesy of the Suez Canal Authority)

Egypt has unveiled its plan to build a new Suez Canal alongside the existing 145-year-old waterway, and digging is already underway, GAC reported in its daily Hot Port News report. The project will see the creation of a new canal parallel to the old one, with the same depth and width, creating a two-way waterway. The existing Canal is already double-sided in some parts, and the new project will extend this to allow the transit of ships in both directions.


Panama Canal Authority Proposes New Pricing Structure

The Panama Canal Authority released a formal proposal to change its pricing structure to move toward a market-oriented business model that allows for greater customer service and continual improvements to the Canal. As global trade continues to expand, the shipping industry has evolved significantly and the Canal's 90-year-old pricing structure needs to be changed to meet the increasing demands of a dynamic market place.


Panama Canal Updates Maersk on Expansion

Photo courtesy of ACP

Within the framework of the centennial celebration, the Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano received a Maersk Line delegation led by Søren Skou, CEO of Maersk Liner Business, to provide an update on the Expansion Program and discuss the future trends in the maritime industry.


Evergreen Line's Ital Lunare to Make Maiden Call in Boston

As part of the new service linking North Asia and the U. S. East Coast (NUE2), Evergreen Line's containership Ital Lunare will make the first ever direct call into the Port of Boston for the ocean carrier on August 20 as part of the CKYH partner agreement.


Panama Canal Celebrates 100 Years

Photo: The Panama Canal

The Panama Canal celebrates today a century of operations connecting the world, committed to completing its Expansion, the largest infrastructure project of the waterway since its opening. "Going forward, the Panama Canal will continue to connect the world


Panama Canal Simulated Defence Exercise PANAMAX

PANAMAX discussion: Photo USN

Leaders of the maritime component of PANAMAX 2014 have paused about halfway through the exercise, to assess its benefits so far, informs U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs. Rear Adm. Benjamin Calle of Colombia is the Combined Forces Maritime Component Commander


Today in U.S. Naval History: August 13

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 13 1777 - American explosive device made by David Bushnell explodes near British vessel off New London, CT. 1846 - Joint expedition led by CDR Robert Stockton seizes Los Angeles, CA 1870 - Armed tug Palos becomes first U.S


Prospects for the Panama Canal Alternative: Analysis

Panama Canal locks: Photo Panama Canal Authority

While infrastructure projects, especially canals, bear a certain element of inherent skepticism, their impact on global trade flows should not be taken lightly. Although the Panama Canal’s expansion will likely have a more muted effect on the tanker market than other shipping sectors


Suez Canal: Better Service to the Shipping Industry

Photo courtesy of Suez Canal Authority

According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, one of the world’s oil transit choke-points is the Suez Canal, the Panama Canal being another. However, the recently announced Suez Canal expansion plans are more likely to cater for containership transits


Panama Canal Imposes Extra Personnel Requirement

Photo courtesy of the Panama Canal Authority

Based on recent evaluations of lockage procedures, the Panama Canal Authority has determined that due to the special configuration of some vessels, and in order to avoid accidents during lockage operations, supplementary personnel will be assigned to vessels with mooring stations on different


Long History of Canals in Egypt Linking Europe and Asia

Egypt said on Tuesday it plans to build a new Suez Canal alongside the existing 145-year-old historic waterway in a multi-billion dollar project aimed at expanding trade along the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia. Here is a brief history:


Panama Canal Expansion Poses Billion Dollar Challenge

Photo: ACP

As the Panama Canal prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary, insurers are warning of the increased risks that will arise from its plan to double the cargo-carrying capacity of ships transiting one of the world’s most important waterways.


Parties Agree to Complete Panama Canal Expansion

Photo: ACP

On August 1, 2014, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) and the consortium Groups Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) signed the variation incorporating to the original contract the agreement reached in March for completion of the Third Set of Locks project.


ACP & New Locks Contractor Set to Complete Canal Expansion

  The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) and the consortium Groups Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) signed today the variation incorporating to the original contract the agreement reached in March for completion of the Third Set of Locks project.


New Tolls Structure at Panama Canal

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The Panama Canal Authority has advised that a new tolls structure will be introduced when the expanded Canal opens. The proposal the Authority plans to present in the coming months provides a structure that is competitive, attractive and customised to reflect advantages to clients by ship type


US Blacklists North Korean Shipping Firms

The United States on Wednesday blacklisted two North Korean shipping firms, Chongchongang Shipping and Ocean Maritime Management, following a similar move by the United Nations. The United Nations on Monday said Ocean Maritime Management operated a ship detained a year ago near the Panama Canal


UN Places Sanctions against North Korean Shippers

The United Nations Security Council has imposed sanctions on the North Korean shippers that operate the vessel Chong Chon Gang, seized by Panama in July 2013 for attempting to smuggle weapons from Cuba to North Korea. According to the UN, the shipping company






 
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