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Rickmers Announces New Surcharges

Rickmers-Linie, the Hamburg-based global project liner and heavy lift specialist, has announced that it is implementing a Panama Canal Surcharge. It will also be implementing its Bill of Lading Documentation Fee of $55 for all US trades. This change is due to increased documentation requirements. All changes are effective December 1, 2002. The new Panama Canal Surcharge (PCS) has been necessitated by the toll increases imposed by the Panama Canal Authority for vessels passing through the Canal. All breakbulk and LCL cargo will be charged at $5.00 W/M (1000 kilos or 1 cubic metre); container cargo will be charged at $100 per container (regardless of size). This surcharge will be applied to all cargoes for which the scheduled routing is via the Panama Canal.


First Port in S. America Panamax Approved

Terminal de Contêineres de Paranaguá (TCP) first port in the region approved to allow unrestricted access of vessels of new Panama Canal’s maximum dimensions. Only weeks after having received permission to lift all restrictions to navigate at night, TCP - 3rd biggest Brazilian container port located in Paranagua has become the first port in the region to receive approval to allow unrestricted access of vessels featuring the new Panama Canal’s maximum dimensions of


India Approves Shipping Corp LNG Joint Venture

The Indian government on March 4 approved state-run Shipping Corporation of India Ltd.'s plan to take a 33.8 percent stake in a new Panama-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) transportation company. Shipping Corp. will invest $21 million in the firm, in which Japan's Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd., Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. would be other partners. The new company would transport LNG for India's state-run Petronet LNG Ltd


Expansion Locks Bidding Process Moves Ahead

Representatives from some 60 companies and 18 countries participated in an informational meeting regarding the prequalification process for bidding on the design and construction contract of the new Panama Canal locks last Thursday. A total of 144 representatives from North, Central, and South American, Asian and European firms attended the meeting in a continuation of the process that started on August 27th, when the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) opened the prequalification period for


Total Lubmarine to Supply New Panama Canal Power Plant

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International marine lubricant supplier Total Lubmarine secured a contract to supply lubricating oil to the Miraflores power plant in the Panama Canal. This installation is located near the existing locks, a few miles from Panama City. Total Lubmarine’s innovative Talusia Universal lubricating oil will be used on two low-speed MAN B&W 12K80MC-S engines which will form part of the expansion of the Miraflores installation


Mississippi River Deepening Study

The Big River Coalition and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development commissioned economist Dr. Tim Ryan to calculate the economic impacts that deepening the Mississippi River would have on the state and national economy. The results of the study will be released during a press conference at the Port of New Orleans Administration Building, 1350 Port of New Orleans Place, Thursday, Aug. 22 at 3:15 p.m.


Kuzniecky Inaugurated as Head of Panama Canal Authority Board of Directors

Former Comptroller General Dani Ariel Kuzniecky Barsky officially assumed his new position as chairman of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Board of Directors at an inaugural ceremony conducted at the presidential palace last Monday. At the inauguration, Kuzniecky, who will concurrently hold the rank of Minister for Canal Affairs, stated that "one of my commitments will be to preserve the pride and international prestige that Panama has gained as a result of the ACP's management of the


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.


Grand Alliance, ZIM & HMM Jointly Announce New SCE2 Service

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Grand Alliance members Hapag-Lloyd (HL), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), along with Partner ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd (ZIM) are pleased to jointly announce the new co-operation with Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) within the Trans-Pacific All Water sector. The South China East Coast Express 2 (SCE2) will be launched on 12th May 2011, in conjunction with the enhancement of the established South China East Coast Express (SCE)


Panama Canal to Develop New Port

Panama Canal Board of Directors Approves Development of New Port

  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 National Assembly. The project is another example of the Canal’s continual commitment to


Trade Promotion Authority Means Business

(Photo: Port NOLA)

Eddy Hayes, Chairman of the Board of Directors, World Trade Center of New Orleans, and Gary LaGrange, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Port of New Orleans, discuss New Orleans’ role as a key U.S. port city and address opportunities for  trade expansion.  


APL Introduces New Service in the Americas

APL introduced a new weekly service aimed to enhance its network coverage in the Americas. The new America Caribbean Express (ACX) service, which links Central America and U.S. East Coast, is operated through a vessel sharing agreement with SeaLand.  


Avance VLGCs Fixed

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 Avance Gas said repairs of two very large gas carriers (VLGCs) are complete, allowing the delayed ships to get to work.   Both new build VLGCs recently dry-docked - Breeze (83,000dwt, built 2015) and Monsoon (83,000dwt, built 2015) - have completed warranty repairs related to


US Counter-piracyTeam Earns Panama's Approval

Jonathan McConnell, Fernando Solorzano (Photo: Meridian)

Meridian’s counter-piracy teams may now operate aboard vessels flying the Panama flag, following a vetting process that validated the quality of the US-based private maritime security company. The final decision was made this week by the Panama Maritime Authority


U.S. Ports Expands to be with Panama’s $5 Billion Canal Upgrade

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 A report in the USA Today says that the U.S. ports are busy deepening harbors and building bigger terminals to draw the bigger ships. Across the USA, public ports and their private sector partners will spend more than $46 billion in port-related improvements through 2016


APL, MOL, NYK Launch Joint Service

APL, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) have together launched a new joint service between trading hubs in Asia and ports in Mexico, Colombia and Panama.   In a joint statement made by the carriers, APL, MOL and NYK said Asia is an important market for exporters in


Hapag-Lloyd Orders 5 Ships for More Panama Canal Trade

Ship container line Hapag-Lloyd has placed an order for five vessels as it looks to bolster trade in Latin America ahead of next year's planned expansion of the Panama Canal, the world's fourth biggest player said on Monday.   Workers are installing 22-storey lock gates to accommodate


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


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

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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


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.  


Hapag-Lloyd to Offer Direct All Water Feeder Service

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  Hapag-Lloyd will offer a direct all water feeder service between Cartagena, Colombia and Manzanillo, Panama every 10 days to La Guaira and Puerto Cabello, Venezuela. Rotation of the service is as follows: Cristobal • Cartagena • Puerto Cabello • La Guaira •


Hamburg Süd Eyes Ocean Three Membership

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 UK- based shipping consultants Drewry said that it was only a matter of time before these carriers make the formal announcement that Hamburg Süd is to become a fully-fledged member of Ocean Three, or Ocean Four as it will presumably have to be re-named.  


Panama Canal Sees Record Grain, Salt Cargoes

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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


NYK Lynx Rescues Sailor in the Pacific Ocean

A person was rescued from the sailing yacht in distress 260 nautical miles off the Galapagos Islands.

  NYK Lynx, a containership operated by NYK Line, rescued one person from a sailing yacht in distress 260 nautical miles off the Galapagos Islands. The yacht had been adrift for two weeks after encountering trouble with the main engine.  






 
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