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PANAMA CANAL NEWS
« on: May 19, 2010, 09:38:58 AM »
Ship crashes at the base of the American Bridge .
Wednesday, 19 May 2010 00:52    .The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced yesterday that the ship Atlantic Hero crashed into the protection structure at the bases of the Bridge of the Americas, nevertheless the structure was unaffected.

The vessel is still stranded under the bridge and ACP staff is working to tow it to another site.They affirmed that the transit of ships has not been interrupted.

The ship, flying the flag of The Bahamas, is a bulk carrier carrying coal. The incident occurred on the east side of the bridge when the ship was finishing his transit through the Canal.

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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2010, 05:17:06 AM »
Don't know what the status is, but here are a couple of pics......



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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2010, 07:50:50 AM »
Nice going on the pictures. Thanks. C.C.13  :coolphotos:  thumbup

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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2010, 06:03:28 AM »
Atlantic Hero freed from sandbank .
Thursday, 20 May 2010 10:30    .The  Atlantic Hero a coal carrier from the Bahamas, has been freed  ,say  reports from the Panama Canal Authority (ACP).

The ship which was stranded near the east base of the Bridge of the Americas Bridge since Tuesday was pulled away from a sandbank.

 

Atlantic Hero completed its transit through the Canal at 8:47 am, and was directed to an anchorage in the Pacific where it will be inspected for damage.and all necessary investigations will be carried out according to the ACP.

The incident occurred during the ship’s transit  to the south on Tuesday afternoon at 5:17 .
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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2010, 10:17:02 AM »
Boat Pilot or Captain error???
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« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2010, 10:32:20 AM »
News article said there was an explosion in the engine room and the ship lost power.  Here's a link, scroll down about 2/3 of the page to May 19, there are a couple of articles.

http://www.panama-guide.com/

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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2010, 12:19:58 PM »
Looks like we will be seeing more USA ships around. C.C.13  :wave:

US military forces to remain in Panama until September this year .
Friday, 28 May 2010 00:00    .The U.S. Southern Command, is leading a humanitarian civic assistance program in Veraguas, Herrera, Chiriqui and Darien.

Even though the program does officially start operations on June 29, Deputy Health  Minister Alejandro Garúz said there are already forces and equipment present in the country.

Garúz added that "there are about 210 containers and vehicles containing food, shelter and construction equipment, which will be transported throughout national territory."


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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2010, 03:48:48 AM »
Six companies bid for dredging Gatun Lake
Friday, 04 June 2010 11:10
 
The Panama Canal Authority ACP confirms a total of six companies are interested in participating in one more step involving  the expansion of the Panama Canal.

They  have submitted proposals for the dredging of a section of Gatun Lake  the artificial lake that supplies water to the Canal. The companies are Dredging International, for an estimated $40 million; China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), for an estimated $67.4 million;  Boskalis International, for an estimated $86 million. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, with a proposal for approximately $72.4 million; Van Oord, for $97.3 million; and Jan De Nul, for approximately $57.9 million.

The contract is part of a project to dredge and excavate the channel of the Canal under the Expansion Program, which includes the dredging and/or excavation of an estimated 30 million cubic meters of material in the Gatun Lake and Gaillard Cut (the narrowest section Panama Canal).

The ACP will begin the analysis of the technical and financial proposals to award the contract to the firm offering the lowest price, while meeting the specific requirements stated in the tender.

The hardest task of the project is the widening and deepening of existing navigation channels, of approximately 4.6 million cubic meters along the borders at the north end of the lake.
 
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« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2010, 05:08:09 AM »
A new city growing across the Canal
Sunday, 06 June 2010 08:14
While the widening of the Canal and government infrastructure projects occupy most of the spotlights a new city is underway across the Panama Canal. When Panama’s GDP is held up as an example to other countries still struggling from the effects of the global economic downturn, a British company has been quietly building a powerful base destined to play a big role in the economy.
The Panama Pacific project at the former US Howard military base is still in its nascent stages but  progress so far has exceeded the expectations of UK promoters London & Regional (L & R) says Panama America.
VF Corporation, the US multinational which sells clothing brands like Lee, Wrangler and Nautica has become the 58th major corporation planning to set up shop in the development which includes the creation of a new satellite town which has sent real estate prices in the region spiraling upward.
The firm joins Dell, 3M and Caterpillar, three large multinationals that have already settled in.
The development covers 2,500 hectares. When the site passed into Panamanian hands after the hand over of the Canal, a World Bank study cited the area as ideal for logistics and commercial development.
When in 2007, L & R won the tender to develop 1,400 thousand hectares in 40 years it committed to a $ 705 million investment for the duration of the contract, of which $ 405 million must be invested before 2015. By the end of 2010 year, L & R estimated that $ 154 million, will have been expended, mainly in infrastructure development.
By Jabuary of this year 2,271 people were employed by companies located in Panama Pacific. A representative of L & R, said that in the first five years of the grant that figure will climb to 4000 jobs exceeding initial estimates.
Future projections indicate 11,500 in
In ten years, there will be about 11 000 500 and by the end of the concession 40,000 will be employed.
In addition to jobs generated by companies located in the area will be the workforce involved in infrastructure development including the government planned highway linking Panama Pacific with the Centennial Bridge.
During a recent visit President, Ricardo Martinellisaid the government plans to build a new bridge or tunnel to cross the Panama Canal and Pacific unite with the extension of the Cinta Costera.
A massive housing project is also underway with first phase including the building of 126 town houses, 78 apartments and commercial premises.
These will be followed by hotel and sports facilties and by the end of the project a new city will have 20,000 homes.

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« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2010, 05:34:34 AM »
Visitor centers to view Panama Canal expansion underway .
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 07:37    .A plan to give visitors a looksee at the expansion of the Panama Canal and to give local tourism a boost has been taken of the back burner and plans are underway to build two observation centers. Although the idea was conceived during the planning process for the project, it has been on hold while contracts for the project wereawarded. Now the Canal authority is planning the building of two observation facilities, one at each end of the Canal.
The Pacific center will be be located in Cocolí, and will have a tower that will overlook the construction of the locks. The target date for the opening will be by July 2012. The center on the Atlantic side is expected to be ready about a year earlier. That center will also have a cafeteria, exhibitions and ecological trails.
The centers will be located so that visitors can observe the dredging and excavation that is part of the construction of the third set of locks on both sides.

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« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2010, 05:36:44 AM »
Striking Panama Canal expansion workers arrested .
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:31    .Thirty striking workers who were working on the expansion of the Panama Canal have been arrested following clashes with the the National Police.

The workers, were taken to the police headquarters in Colón, says the construction workers union leader, Eustaquio Méndez.
The leader said he was coordinating with the union's lawyers to try to free the detained workers, who clashed with riot police on Monday  along the stretch between Puerto Escondido and Cuatro Altos.
The clash occurred because the workers rejected the detention of two members of SUNTRACS on Monday morning who were en route to the Gatún Locks to support colleagues who were on strike.
The workers of the consortium Grupos Unidos por el Canal, which won a contract to for the expansion of the Panama Canal, went on on strike on the weekend to protest working conditions poor salaries and lack of necessary equipment to do their jobs.
The strike began only days after Italian Prime Minister   Silvio Berlusconi visited the site. Part of the consortium is an Italian company said to have financial problems.

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« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2010, 05:50:05 AM »
Worker killed on Panama Canal widening project .

Wednesday, 07 July 2010 06:08    .A construction worker was killed Tuesday (July 6) while working on the dredging project to expand the Panama Canal. The worker, who has not been identified, was working on the Marco Polo,a dredger on the Gatún lake, near the Atlantic entrance of the canal. The 49 year old man worked for the Belgian company Jan de Nul, which forms part of Grupos Unidos por el Canal – the consortium responsible for the project.
The other partners are Spanish company Sacyr, Italian company Impregilo, and Panamanian company Constructora Urbana, S.A..
The consortium is responsible for the construction of the third set of locks, the most important component of the widening of the Canal.
Workers have been on strike since the weekend protesting low pay, and working conditions.

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« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2010, 05:28:36 AM »
Canal expansion strike enters sixth day with 28 workers in jail .


Thursday, 08 July 2010 07:18    .More than 500 workers engaged on the most important part of the widening of the Panama Canal, remain on strike after five days. Another group of 28 all members of the Construction workers Union (SUNTRACS) are being held in a Colon prison.The strike by more than 500 workers in the area of Gatun, where works has started on the third set of locks yesterday reached its fifth day work stoppage to demand better wages, working conditions, safety, transportation and other needs that have, in the eyes of the union,been violated by the four nation Consortium that got the multi million contract.

The strikers who stopped work on Saturday have warned that their actions will not stop despite the threats of layoffs and pressures from the Ministry of Labor and Workforce Development and representatives of the consortium, said SUNTRACS leader, Eustaquio Méndez.

Twenty eight workers detained on Monday by the National Police during the protest in Puerto Escondido remain in jail.Mendez said :"We repudiate these repressive measures against our colleagues whose individual rights have been violated”

Meanwhile, the legal defense teamof SUNTRACS has file a writ habeas corpus in the corresponding instance to prevent the workers being transferred to Nueva Esperanza prison.

Commentators have noted that the strike and detention of workers could affect not only work on the canal, but also the future of the US-Panama Free Trade agreement (FTA), already opposed by Union groups in the U.S. because of what they consider repressive labor laws.
 

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« Reply #13 on: July 11, 2010, 08:27:29 AM »
I see they got it right. They had the Yacht A listed has the Eclipse earlier this morning.  C.C.13

World’s most luxurious private yacht moored in Panama .

Sunday, 11 July 2010 08:00    .The world’s most luxurious yacht The “A” owned by Russian billionaire Andrei Meinichenko, spent much of the week anchored off Flamenco Island , at the end of Panama's Amador Causeway.



In an earlier story we repeated some misinformation supplied by an avid football fan who thought the yacht was the Eclipse, owned by another Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich's who also owns Chelsea football Club. We should have stuck with our original source  news.evermarine.com 

Yachting readers, another football fans  were quick to point out the mistake. The Eclipse is bigger but the “A” reputed to be more luxurious. As the owner is an intensely private man and entertains little on board few are likely to get a personal tour, but an earlier visitor provided some insight.
The yacht, flying Britain’s Red Ensign, and from sea level looking like a cross between a naval frigate and a nuclear submarine, was designed by Frenchman Philippe Stark, who is also the man who has designed an avant- garde oceanfront project being developed on Avenida Balboa.
For all its fame, "A" remains a little mysterious. Its owner, a 38-year-old banking, steel and fertilizer czar, is intensely private and requires all his construction crew and staff to sign strict confidentiality agreements (he declined comment for this article). He and his wife only rarely entertain on board, and few public images of the boat's interior exist.
With its radical shape—more sleek submarine than boxy pleasure boat—and reams of custom parts and finishes (including bath knobs costing $40,000 apiece), "A" is a conspicuous marker of an ocean-going plutocracy that's largely been untouched by the recession. The boat, was completed in mid-2008 for more than $300 million, has spawned a flotilla of copycats emulating its low-slung hull and design scheme. The boat's interior departs dramatically from most conventions of yacht design. Instead of the usual overstuffed couches and mahogany walls, there are Baccarat-crystal tables, shiny white finishes and polished silver, a kind of Manhattan-loft-meets-Vegas aesthetic. Many of the rooms have floor-to-ceiling mirrors, which Mr. Starck says have a built-in "mathematical beauty" that also refer to the "mathematical genius" of Mr. Melnichenko.
The walls of one room are covered in white sting-ray hides, while another is covered in hand-stitched calf's leather. The main deck features two Michel Haillard chairs made from alligator hides and Kudo horns. Known for his mischievous streak, Mr. Starck outfitted "A" with risqué touches like the suite dubbed the "nookie room" by the crew, with its white circular bed with padded walls and a ceiling-mounted TV.
Mr. Starck says that while most megayachts are "vulgar" statements of wealth and power, "A" was designed to be in harmony with the sea and nature. "This boat has elegance and intelligence, it is not trying to show the money," he adds.
One of two million dollar mini yachtsAs with many Russian-owned yachts, "A" is highly secure. Its rounded exterior and knife-like hull make it difficult for intruders to board. It has 44 security cameras and more than a dozen exterior cameras fitted with motion-detection systems and a night-vision infrared system.
It is also designed to outrun threats: Twin, high-speed diesel engines deliver 24,000 horsepower and push the 5,959-gross-ton ship to 24 knots, roughly a third faster than most boats its size. The boat is stabilized by fiber-optic gyroscopes and four giant motorized flaps. A transom door in the rear of the boat, which swings open to become a swim deck. The ship's two main landing boats are mini-yachts themselves, stretching to 36 feet, boasting plush interiors and costing more than $1 million each.
In the battle among Russia's billionaires for yacht supremacy, upcoming 540-foot Eclipse may be the biggest, but  the "A" is still dubbed the most luxurious.

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Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2010, 06:16:01 AM »
The White Lady visits Panama .


Friday, 16 July 2010 13:53    .The beautiful vessel may have a dark historyIf you are a lover of the great age of sail, take a trip out to Amador on the weekend and have a a look at the historic Esmeralda," a four-masted ship belonging to the Chilean Navy. She will be docked in Balboa, Panama until July 21.

 The crew of the vessel will deliver flowers to the monuments of the first president of Panama, Manuel Amador Guerrero, on Monday July 19 in Casco Viejo and to the Chilean military hero Commander Arturo Prat, in Punta Pacifica.
"Esmeralda," is nicknamed the White Lady, and is considered to be one of the most beautiful sailing vessels in the world. It was launched in the 1950s and is used as a training vessel by the Chilean Navy, and as an ambassador for Chile as it sails around the world.

 

But for relatives of victims of the Pinochet regime, The White Lady has a dark history, allegedly used  as a torture center for opponents of the dictatorship, run by the Chilean navy according to reports from Amnesty international.
  

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