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Panama Canal Authority Awards Dredging Contract

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced that Dredging International N.V. has been awarded the contract to dredge an area of the Panama Canal's manmade body of water, Gatun Lake. The dredging project is another integral element of the Canal's Expansion Program. The primary element within the scope of work for this contract is to widen and deepen the existing navigational channel by dredging approximately 4.6 million cubic meters in the northern most reaches of the Lake. This contract is one component within the ACP's Fresh Water Dredging and Excavation Project for the Canal Expansion, which includes the dredging and/or excavation of about 30 million cubic meters in Gatun Lake and the Gaillard Cut (the narrowest stretch of the Panama Canal).

Panama Canal Authority, Model of D'Artagnan Dredger

Photo courtesy Panama Canal Authority

Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Administrator/CEO Alberto Alemán Zubieta, joined by DEME Group CEO Alain Bernard, recently unveiled a model of the D'Artagnan dredger during a ceremony at the Panama Canal's Miraflores Visitors' Center.  The D'Artagnan is the most powerful self-propelled heavy duty cutter suction dredger in the world, with its special design for cutting rocks and sand dredging. Owned by Belgian company Dredging International (part of the DEME group), the D'Artagnan will be used in the expansion of the Panama Canal.

Panama Canal Authority Awarded For Its Ethical Leadership

PANAMA CITY, Panama, March 16, 2011 – Recognized internationally for its innovative work and ethical business practices, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the 2011 World’s Most Ethical Companies. “We are truly honored by this award. At the Canal – we have a set of Guiding Principles – our True North if you will, that inform and inspire our work. At the very core of these principles is our commitment to transparency, honesty…

Panama Canal New Locks tested Successfully

Photo by Panama Canal Authority

The Panama Canal has announced that Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), the consortium responsible for the design and construction of the third set of locks  project, has successfully completed testing of the reinforcements in sill #3 at the new Cocoli Locks in the Pacific. GUPC technical personnel, the designers, and Panama Canal Authority (ACP) specialists monitored the testing process, which consisted of gradually raising the water behind the lock gate to the level in which the seepage was first detected in sill #3 last August.

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, the Panama Canal Authority ACP, the Panama Maritime Authority and the Panamanian State. The expansion is targeted to be ready for operations before the end of 2016, in conjunction with the commercial opening of the expanded Panama Canal.

ACP Reaches Milestone in Canal Expansion

Panama President and Canal Authorities Commemorate New Milestone in Canal Expansion Work. Panama President Ricardo Martinelli witnessed a new milestone at the Canal Expansion with the filling of a segment of the new access channel that will allow the transit of Post-panamax vessels between the new Locks and the Culebra Cut. Panama Canal Authority Board of Directors Chairman and Canal Affairs Minister Rómulo Roux and Panama Canal Authority Administrator Alberto Alemán Zubieta accompanied…

ACP CEO Honored with Latin Trade Award

CEO of the Panama Canal Authority, Alberto Alemán Zubieta

Top award acknowledges outstanding service in the Western Hemisphere. CEO of the Panama Canal Authority, Alberto Alemán Zubieta, will be awarded the Latin Trade BRAVO Business Award for Distinguished Service in the Hemisphere on October 28. With nine categories, including a Lifetime Achievement Award and Dynamic CEO of the Year, the BRAVO Business Awards are given to those playing a key role in improving Latin America’s economy, business and education. “I am humbled by this honor…

Panama Canal Website Earns Award

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Web site (www.pancanal.com) received special recognition in the 2003 Golden @ Contest of El Salvador as the "Most Voted For Web site" by users in Central America. Accepted on behalf of the ACP by Roderick Guerra, Ambassador of Panama to El Salvador, the award was sponsored by Microsoft - El Salvador and El Diario de Hoy, a leading newspaper in El Salvador. Launched initially in August of 1998, and updated to the award-winning Web site version in December of 2000, Pancanal.com was constructed by an in-house graphics design team, executing the vision of Webmaster Leyla Raymondo and the ACP Corporate Communications Department.

Panama Canal Infrastructure to be Valued by VRC

Panama Canal: File photo

Leading provider of independent valuations, Valuation Research Corporation (VRC) says it has been engaged by the Panama Canal Authority to value the locks, dams, power plants and other structures of the canal for insurance purposes. This is VRC’s second valuation engagement with the authority. In 2004, VRC was engaged to provide a comprehensive valuation in connection with financing the Canal’s expansion. “We are very pleased to once again work with the Panama Canal Authority,” said Richard Nordberg, Managing Director.

Panama Canal Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plans

The Panama Canal Authority issued an Advisory stating that a new Section Four has been added to Chapter IX of the Regulation on Navigation in Panama Canal Waters. The new articles require vessels transiting the Canal to have Panama Canal Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plans (PCSOPEPs), among other things. The PCSOPEPs must include identification of the oil spill removal organization (OSRO) previously reviewed by the Panama Canal Authority and hired by the vessel to conduct appropriate cleanup tasks in the event of an oil spill. The PCSOPEP must be submitted for review by the Authority. The new requirements come into effect on January 1, 2004. Source: HK Law

Panama Canal Plans LNG Terminal

USTDA is supporting a study on an LNG Terminal with the Panama Canal Authority.  Photo Credit: USTDA

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP), which administers the canal, is looking at building a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) import terminal near the Canal. The ACP has been awarded a US Trade and Development Agency grant to help fund a feasibility study for the project, which it is considering for when the expanded canal is opened next year and the waterway is expected to handle considerable liquefied natural gas tankers. A statement from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency says that…

Panama Canal – Request for Formal Accident Investigations

The Panama Canal Authority issued an Advisory reminding masters and owners and operators of vessels transiting the Canal of the procedure to be followed when requesting that a formal investigation be conducted by the Canal Authority Board of Inspectors with regard to a marine accident that has occurred within Panama Canal waters. Such requests must be made in writing and delivered to the Canal Port Captain’s office. Advisory No. A-01-2006 Source: HK Law

Panama Canal, Port of New Orleans Sign Deal

ACP and Port of New Orleans Renew Agreement.

The renewed alliance between the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) and the Port of New Orleans – which has recently adopted a 2020 growth Master Plan of $1.04 billion, partially driven by the Canal’s expansion – will help spur investment, increase trade and promote the “All-Water-Route” (the route from Asia to the U.S. East and Gulf Coasts via the Panama Canal). During an official ceremony yesterday in Panama, ACP Administrator/CEO Alberto Alemán Zubieta reaffirmed the ACP’s commitment…

Panama Canal Hosts Safety Conference

Zubieta; and Panama Canal Authority Director of Maritime Operations Jorge L. Quijano. Representatives from more than 70 countries have gathered in Panama this week for the 15th annual Marine Accident Investigators' International Forum (MAIIF) meeting. Organized by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) together with the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), the conference enables participants to share best practices related to the investigation of maritime accidents and promote increased communication among accident investigators worldwide. During the conference, MAIIF acknowledged the Panama Canal's commitment to reducing maritime accidents. ACP Captain Miguel Rodríguez…

Panama Canal Locks Undergo Overhaul

Panama Canal Authority work crews conduct a scheduled maintenance and overhaul at Gatún Locks, located at the Atlantic Ocean entrance to the Canal. The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) recently undertook scheduled maintenance work in four of the lock gates of the west chamber in the Gatún Locks. The work, which began on Tuesday, August 15, was completed Sunday, August 20, and required draining the locks chamber. The lock gates and valves also underwent a system of corrosion protection. Each set of locks is named after the town in which it was constructed: Gatún (on the Atlantic side), Pedro Miguel and Miraflores (on the Pacific).

GE Engines for Panama Canal Tugboats

This marks the third order by the authority for GE Marine engines to power its fleet. The first order for 26 GE Marine Model 12V228 engines was placed in 2008 to power 13 vessels that are now in service. A second order was placed in 2009 for an additional four Model 12V228 engines for tugs still being built. Marinsa International, the GE Authorized Distributor for Panama, will commission and install the engines and continue to support the operating fleet. GE Marine say their engines are designed for availability, performance and low life-cycle cost. GE’s global distributor network provides regional support and service for the portfolio of GE Marine engines. "These new tugboats are an important acquisition for the operation of the Panama Canal.

Panama Canal Authority Proposes Changes to Pricing System, Regulations

On January 25, 2007, the Panama Canal Authority's (ACP) Board of Directors gave authorization to proceed with a formal proposal to restructure the Canal's pricing system and certain regulations. The proposal was officially published today and can be accessed at http://www.pancanal.com.

Panama Canal Extension Contractors Deny Halting Work

New Panama Lock Gate: Photo courtesy of ACP

The Spanish building company, Sacyr, leading the expansion project on the Panama Canal has denied that work at the waterway has been halted despite word to the contrary by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) reports BBC News. The Panama Canal Authority and the building companies involved are engaged in a dispute over who should foot $1.6bn (£1bn) in extra costs. Citing remarks by president of Sacyr, Manuel Manrique, BBC News report that no date had been set for construction work to stop.

Panama Canal Extension Dispute: Talks, Not Works, Continue

Panama Canal locks: Image CCL 2

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) reports that despite efforts to agree with Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A. (GUPC) to resume work on the new locks project, positions between the parties remain apart. According to ACP a telephone confernce was held with CEOs of the contracting companies comprising GUPC (Sacyr Vallehermoso, S.A (Spain), Impregilo, S.p.A. (Italy), Jan de Nul Group (Belgium) and Constructora Urbana, S.A. (CUSA) (Panama) to review main points, including delivery times for the gates and how the remainder of the project is to be completed…

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. Among the first duties in his new role, Kuzniecky headed an ACP commission to present the second quarterly expansion report to the National Assembly of Panama. He also presided over the ACP Board of Directors meeting, where the proposal to restructure the Panama Canal's pricing system for the next three years was approved. Following the decision made by the Board, Mr. Kuzniecky submitted the proposal to the Cabinet Council of the Republic of Panama, which later provided final approval on the proposal Wednesday afternoon.

Panama Canal Authority Receives Honors

In honor of his leadership, Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Administrator/CEO Alberto Alemán Zubieta received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Lloyd’s List. Presented at the publication’s Global Awards ceremony in London, the award is given on an annual basis to an individual who has dedicated his or her life's work to furthering the development of the maritime industry. The ACP’s Center for Simulation, Research and Maritime Development (SIDMAR) also received the Lloyd’s List “Training Award” for its leadership in elevating the quality of maritime education and training. For more than 20 years, SIDMAR has been responsible for the training of all Canal operations personnel including ACP pilots, tugboat captains, seamen and launch operators.

Dignitaries Visit Panama Canal

Brazilian President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in the company of President Martín Torrijos and the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Administrator/CEO Alberto Alemán Zubieta at the Miraflores Locks control room. A week after Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva toured the Panama Canal with a delegation of Brazilian investors, El Salvadoran President Elías Antonio Saca visited the Canal as part of an official two-day tour to the country. Torrijos and the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Administrator/CEO Alberto Alemán Zubieta. region’s trade. echoed Lula’s thoughts about this important project. on promoting cooperation agreements and Brazilian investments in the region. largest user of the interoceanic waterway by trade flow, according to 2006 ACP data.

Panama Canal Authority, Peel Ports Form Alliance

Peel Ports' Chief Operating Officer Gary Hodgson (seventh from left) with the Panamanian delegation (Photo: Peel Ports)

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with major UK ports operator, Peel Ports, who own the Port of Liverpool, as the latter gears up for the formal opening of its Liverpool2 container terminal in early November. The formal agreement creates a strategic alliance aimed at facilitating international trade and generating new business by promoting trade routes between Liverpool and the west coast of South America via the Panama Canal. The agreement was signed October 24 by Jorge L.

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