Ports Must be Ready for Expanded Panama Canal

Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Panamanian Ambassador to the U.S. Federico Humbert addresses workshop attendees.

Briefing a crowd of nearly 200 U.S. port and shipping officials at a Panama Canal expansion workshop last week in Tampa, FL, Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Vice President of Research and Market Analysis Rodolfo Sabonge highlighted the Canal project’s progress and its effect on global trade. The forum also emphasized the benefits and importance of U.S. port development in meeting the anticipated demands of an expanded waterway.

Co-sponsored by the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) and the U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) and hosted by the Tampa Port Authority, the day-and-a-half workshop titled “Shifting International Trade Routes – Planning for the Panama Canal Expansion,” analyzed the changing landscape of world trade, waterside and terminal development needs, financing opportunities and a number of other topics related to the expansion of the Panama Canal.

“As the Expansion Program moves steadily ahead, we foresee the new lane of traffic along the waterway greatly influencing world trade and U.S. ports in particular,” said Mr. Sabonge. “These ports should be ready for larger and bigger ships that will go through the expanded Canal – anticipating the infrastructure needs in the near future is key to their growth,” he added. Held at Tampa’s Sheraton Riverwalk Hotel January 23-24, the workshop participants also received the latest information and trends regarding infrastructure needs and navigational issues. Workshop speakers included Panamanian Ambassador to the U.S. Federico Humbert, MARAD Administrator Sean Connaughton, AAPA president Kurt Nagle and Tampa Port Authority Director Richard Wainio. Expansion will build a new lane of traffic along the Panama Canal through the construction of a new set of locks, which will double capacity and allow more traffic and wider ships.

Maritime Reporter April 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Ports

APM Maasvlakte II Terminal Opens

APM Terminals Maasvlakte II held a ceremony  to celebrate the opening of the world’s most automated container terminal.   The  event that was attended by Dutch

Skangass Celebrates Topping Up

Nordic liquefied natural gas operator Skangass  has celebrated a topping out ceremony at its Pori LNG terminal. The company said it was making progress in the

Zim Offers Asia-US east coast service via Suez

Israeli liner carrier Zim Integrated Shipping Services is launching a new service between Asia and the U.S. East Coast via the Suez Canal at the end of May.   The

Coatings & Corrosion

EUROPA 2 Undergoes First Scheduled Docking

As part of its first scheduled docking, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ EUROPA 2 underwent technical maintenance at Blohm + Voss in Hamburg from April 11-24, 2015.   At the same time,

Great Lakes Shipyard Awarded Ferry Repair Contract

Great Lakes Shipyard has been awarded a drydocking contract for Miller Boat Line’s M/V Put-In-Bay.   The ferry was hauled out using the 770-ton capacity Marine Travelift at Great Lakes Shipyard.

GAC's Hull Cleaning Solution Debuts in Singapore

GAC EnvironHull’s eco-friendly, diver-free hull cleaning technology makes its Asian debut at this year’s Sea Asia exhibition, marking its introduction at one of the world’s busiest ports, Singapore.

 
 
Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Electronics Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1574 sec (6 req/sec)