Panama Canal Begins Centennial Countdown

MarineLink.com
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Photo Courtesy of Panama Canal

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) began the countdown for the centennial celebration as it commemorates its 99th anniversary. The countdown’s events will highlight the waterway’s contribution during the past 100 years and the efforts underway to face the challenges of the upcoming decades.

The countdown began with the presentation of the Panama Canal Centennial logo on the control house balcony at the Miraflores Locks in a ceremony attended by members of the ACP Board of Directors and Panama Canal executives.

“During the year of celebration that we start today, we will pay tribute to the different representations of human ingenuity that made uniting two oceans a possibility,” Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano said. “These representations include the human epic, the technological innovations, and the cultural, economic and social impacts that will forever define the Panama Canal in the world.”

The Canal’s Impact

Since its opening 99 years ago, the Panama Canal has impacted the world in different areas, making its construction and operation possible. The Panama Canal has become a facilitator of international trade by making distances shorter, reducing costs and navigational times to get goods to the market faster.

“The Panama Canal has connected the world since August 15, 1914,” ACP Board of Directors Chairman Roberto Roy said. “Proof of this is the 14,000 ships that transit each year, reaching 1,700 ports in 160 countries.”

The construction of the Panama Canal was possible through the contribution of more than 56,000 men and women from all around the world. This mixture of cultures provided the foundation for Panama’s rich cultural diversity.

Committed to the protection of the natural resources, the Panama Canal has become a leader in new and innovative environmental protection programs and reforestation initiatives to ensure the coexistence of humans with their natural surroundings.

Honoring its past, the Panama Canal Centennial will highlight the present operations of the waterway, while emphasizing how it prepares to face the challenges of the next couple of years through the Expansion Program.

The Centennial Logo
The Centennial logo is the result of the work of ACP professionals. It symbolizes the country’s role of connecting the world through the routes that converge in the waterway, with the Panama Canal logo as the main focus.

The design shows the silhouette of the Isthmus of Panama with the 100-year mark of this historical celebration. The logo will be placed in all activities and official publications of the Panama Canal.

Activities for the Centennial
“We will do our best to make this a celebration for all Panamanians and the international community alike,” Administrator Quijano said. “We will hold different events throughout the year highlighting the aspects that have made the Panama Canal an international symbol.”

As part of the countdown, the Panama Canal Authority will host several commemoration of historical and cultural events, as well as publish books about the waterway’s impact.

The first event will be the exhibition “The Panama Canal and its Architercural Legacy (1905-1920) which will be inaugurated August 21 in the City of Knowledge in Panama City, with the collaboration of the Fundación Arte y Cultura.

pancanal.com
 

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

People & Company News

Golden Ocean and Knightsbridge Complete Merger

The merger between Knightsbridge Shipping Limited and Golden Ocean Group Limited was approved today at special meetings of both companies' shareholders.      The new company,

Panama Canal Sets Sight on Another Expansion

As it enters the final stretch of a massive expansion, the Panama Canal Authority is setting its sights on an even more ambitious project worth up to $17 billion

Long Beach, LA Collaborate to Improve Cargo Flow

Executives from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles held a kickoff meeting earlier this week to begin working together to focus on cargo conveyance strategies

Ports

Panama Canal Sets Sight on Another Expansion

As it enters the final stretch of a massive expansion, the Panama Canal Authority is setting its sights on an even more ambitious project worth up to $17 billion

Long Beach, LA Collaborate to Improve Cargo Flow

Executives from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles held a kickoff meeting earlier this week to begin working together to focus on cargo conveyance strategies

Australian Reef Pilots Under New Ownership

Australian marine pilotage company Australian Reef Pilots (ARP) has been bought by a consortium of its employees.   ARP, which services shipping through the Great Barrier Reef,

News

Golden Ocean and Knightsbridge Complete Merger

The merger between Knightsbridge Shipping Limited and Golden Ocean Group Limited was approved today at special meetings of both companies' shareholders.      The new company,

SAL Heavy Lift Performs Offshore Windfarm Work

MV Lone proves as project platform for Wikinger wind farm   SAL Heavy Lift informs it has completed the second phase of the Wikinger Pile Testing Campaign with DP II Class vessel MV Lone.

Panama Canal Sets Sight on Another Expansion

As it enters the final stretch of a massive expansion, the Panama Canal Authority is setting its sights on an even more ambitious project worth up to $17 billion

History

Working Harbor Committee to Screen "Liemba!"

The Working Harbor Committee is presenting a screening of the documentary film "Liemba!" on Tuesday, March 31 at the Community Church of NY. The screening will

Houston Port Throughput Up 22%

Activity across Port of Houston Authority docks continues to show strength as February 2015 tonnage figures reflected a 22-percent increase compared to February 2014.

USS Mount Whitney Wins Golden Anchor Award for Retention

The crew of the U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), painted the ship’s anchor gold March 19, 2015, after being awarded the Retention Excellence Award,

 
 
Maritime Contracts Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Electronics Ship Repair Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | 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: 0.4210 sec (2 req/sec)