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Title: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 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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Post by: BillB48 on May 20, 2010, 05:17:06 AM
Don't know what the status is, but here are a couple of pics......

(http://i49.tinypic.com/2e54ocn.jpg)
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Post by: Cape Cod 13 on May 20, 2010, 07:50:50 AM
Nice going on the pictures. Thanks. C.C.13  :coolphotos:  thumbup
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Post by: Cape Cod 13 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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Post by: arbcqueen on May 21, 2010, 10:17:02 AM
Boat Pilot or Captain error???
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Post by: BillB48 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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Post by: Cape Cod 13 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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Post by: Cape Cod 13 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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Post by: Cape Cod 13 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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Post by: Cape Cod 13 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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Post by: Cape Cod 13 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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Post by: Cape Cod 13 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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Post by: Cape Cod 13 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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Post by: Cape Cod 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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Post by: Cape Cod 13 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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Post by: Cape Cod 13 on August 04, 2010, 05:50:29 AM
Panama Canal expansion spearheads growth of jobs in Panama .


The construction industry, led by the Canal expansion continues to spearhead the growth of jobs in Panama.

 Over 104,000 new jobs were created in Panama during the first quarter of 2010, up 3,000 from the same period last year, according to figures released by the Ministry of Finance (MOF)
The MOF also said that the majority of the new contracts were for fixed-term and per project consultancies, typical of the activities of the construction industry.
The Panama Canal, whose current expansion began in 2007, generated approximately 7,000 new jobs.
Among the positions most in demand at the waterway were technicians, engineers, specialists, and heavy equipment operators.
Another area highlighted by the MOF was the approval of work permits for foreigners.  The Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare processed 3,842 permits; up 1,504 from the same period last year.
Employment in Panama is expected to continue to expand as infrastructure  projects begin like, the subway system, airports and roads.


Expansion dredger ar work


 
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Post by: Cape Cod 13 on August 19, 2010, 06:10:06 AM
(Panama's tax revenue up, Canal business down .)


Wednesday, 18 August 2010 15:36    .Did you notice that there was less change hanging round in your pocket last month? Well it’s not necessarily because you have been on a spending binge.

Some of that money has moved from your pocket to the government’s.
Panama pulled in revenues of $289.9 million during  July, said Minister of Economy and Finance, Dulcidio De la Guardia, on Tuesday, August 17
De la Guardia said the revenue exceeded the estimates for this period by $18.3 million, representing an increase of 6.7 percent.
The  revenues exceeded – by $9.4 million – the income recorded for the same period last year.
The finance minister confirmed that Panama  tofally hauled in $221 million, 25 percent more than in July of last year.
But while tax revenue is up transits through the country’s most valuable asset, the Canal fell by 2.8 percent between April and June compared with the same period last year.
A report from the Panama Canal Authority says tranits were down from 3,756 to 3,476The movement of super-type ships, which require more time and resources to cross the Canal, dropped by 3.1 percent, from 1,815 to 1,758.
The report also notes that freight transport recorded a decline of 3.5 percent, from 73,068 to 71,008 tons.
Executive Vice-President of Operations Manuel Benítez, said that in transits and tonnage in general during this quarter indicate that the entity is experiencing "some signs of stability."
This trend is expected to continue in the last quarter of the Canal’s fiscal year (July to September The ACP also recoreded a decline in dry bulk transits, container ships, refrigerated cargo, tankers, and cruise ships.The loss of cruise ships also hits tourism revenue.

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Post by: Cape Cod 13 on August 29, 2010, 06:27:55 AM
Third set of locks for canal expansion will start in 2011

Saturday, 28 August 2010 15:39

Work on the third set of locks to enable the Panama Canal to take bigger ships is scheduled to begin next year saysAntonio Zaffaroni, director of the construction work being carried out by Grupo Unidos por el Canal.

The projects currently underway, are the preliminary works necessary to fully launch the construction of the third set of locks in 2011
Zaffaroni said the projects have been developed within the time  frame for which they were programmed. .
The Panama Canal expansion project is estimated at $5.25 billion and slated for completion in 2014, one hundred years after the waterway first opened.  C.C.13

 
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Post by: Cape Cod 13 on August 31, 2010, 04:07:30 AM
New website will give camera-eye view of work on Canal expansion .

   .Companies around the world are working on the  design and construction of the third locks - the largest of the four components of the work of the Panama Canal Expansion, one of the 10 largest infrastructures on the planet.

Excavation work at the Atlantic end of the CanalThe Consortium masterminding the project, Grupo Unidos (GUPC) says it is committed to compliance with social and environmental standards as well as rapprochement with  established communities in the vicinity of the works.
The consortium is composed of Sacyr Vallehermoso (Spain), Impregilo (Italy), Jan de Nul (Belgium), Constructora Urbana, SA (Panama), and f began operations August 25, 2009, developing the work of excavation, the infrastructure necessary for the production of concrete and the achievement of electromechanical parts, in addition to staffing, .

"Now we must continue with what has been agreed with the ACP to ensure that, in 2014, the country will deliver a work that promises to be high impact on the economy and trade with one of the 10 largest infrastructure of the world, ", said Antonio Zaffaroni, CEO of the group.
One crucial aspect of the design work was the filling and emptying of the locks, whose times are being supported through the use of a scale model built in the laboratories of the Compagnie Nationale du Rhone in Lyon, France. The consortium is involved with offices in Bellevue Chicago Buenos Aires, Argentina; Papendrecht, Netherlands and Milan, Italy, where they are developing the engineering works.
 GUPC currently is in the process of selecting companies that are responsible for the manufacture of gates and valves, locks, and in the final phase of the installation of garages and warehouses needed for the maintenance and repair all the machinery involved in the work. 
 As part of its commitment to transparency, GUPC has launched a website www.gupc.com.pa, where it provides current information on the progress and development of the work, and where you can access live cameras located in the Atlantic and Pacific project sites.
I don't think the site is up yet. I couldn't get in it.  C.C.13
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Post by: Cape Cod 13 on September 20, 2010, 04:53:17 AM
Canal traffic and charges to increase .
Sunday, 19 September 2010 08:01    . .Traffic in the Panama Canal is recovering from the  drop experienced because of the global recession says Canal Administrator Alberto Alemán Zubieta.


"Shipping traffic is recovering slowly and we have seen a small increase in recent months." said Zubieta at the "Panama Invest 2010" conference in London on Friday (September 17)

The Canal’s fiscal year comes at the end of September, and about 300 million tons of traffic is expected to have moved through the waterway in the last 12 months down from a high of 312 million tons in 2007 but a slight increase over 2009.

Shipping traffic is recovering slowly and we have seen a small increase in recent months." said Zubieta at the  "Panama Invest 2010" conference in London.
Zubieta said that the toll increase, postponed  while waiting for a recovery in the global economy, will be introduced in January.
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Post by: Cape Cod 13 on September 22, 2010, 05:00:51 AM
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Tuesday, 21 September 2010 20:37    .Panama's economy is expected to benefit by $72 million with an extended  cruise season and additional sailings.

The Ocean DreamTwo ships The Ocean Dream of the Pullmantur Spanish chain, and the Grandeur of the Seas of Royal Caribbean will be sailing   from the Colon terminal and increased  visits on the Pacific side will push up Canal transits.

A big increase in passenger traffic is forseen with the season expanded from seven  to nine-months  With two cruise ships leaving Panama, the economic impact will be around $72 million, according to estimates by Augusto Terracina, director of Adventure 2000.

The Colon terminal where $23 million has been invested will receive 98% of cruise ships arriving on Panama's Atlantic coast.

The prospects in the Pacific are equally encouraging. The season in Flamenco Island from  September 30 will see the arrival of 68 cruises, 23% up on 2009, mainly from the Princess and Holland America America chains

Over 95%of cruise passengers arriving in Flamenco are Americans who embark in Los Angeles, USA, and end their tour in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after crossing the  Canal.

Over 350 000 cruise passengers and nearly 170 000 crew members will arrive in to Panamanian ports during the season.

A representative of the Spanish chain in Panama and Central America (excluding Costa Rica) said the first Ocean Dream cruise that leaving   October 15 is  65% sold.

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Post by: Cape Cod 13 on September 29, 2010, 06:34:55 AM
1 millionth boat transits Panama Canal .

Tuesday, 28 September 2010 09:13    . .The Hong Kong ship Fortune Plum, which in Chinese forecasts Good Luck became the 1 millionth ship to transit the Panama Canal since it opened in 1914.he passage was recorded on Sept. 4 at 6:45 a.m. as the ship, carrying steel products passed out of the Canal at the Atlantic end.
The first ship that officially passed through the waterway linking two oceans was the steamer SS Ancon, on Aug. 15, 1914. Ancon and her sister ship Cristobal played a crucial role in building the canal, bringing workers and supplies, from New York to Panama.
On August 15, 1914 Ancon made the first official transit of the canal as part the opening ceremonies which were overshadowed by the start of WW I. Her sister ship Cristobal had made the first unofficial transit on August 3, delivering a load of cement, while an old French crane boat Alexandre La Valley had crossed the canal from the Atlantic in stages during construction, finally reaching the Pacific on January 7.)
Ancon was acquired by the United States Navy after the end of WW I  and fitted out as USS Ancon, a troop transport to return Americans home.
The Panama Railroad Company replaced SS Ancon in 1938 with a second SS Ancon, a larger steam turbine cargo liner which later action as US Navy Transport USS Ancon in World War Two.
An average of 14,000 ships now use the Canal annually.
The volume of traffic that goes through the Canal is about 300 million tons a year. It's busiest year was in 2007, when 312 million tons of traffic made the transit.   C.C.13
 
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Post by: Cape Cod 13 on October 06, 2010, 05:30:37 AM
Difficult times but Canal revenue continues to climb .

Tuesday, 05 October 2010 15:14        . .Panama Canal toll revenues were up 3 percent to $1,482 billion in the fiscal year that ended September 30.

The figure  does not include revenue from other sources like maritime services and the sale of electricity.
The Canal also saw an increase in cargo shipments for with 1.6 million more tons of cargo transported through the Canal, for a total of 300,700,000 tons.
"We are pleased to have passed the 300-million-ton mark in a difficult year for the global economy," said Canal Administrator Alberto Alemán Zubieta. "We hope to maintain that growth as the global economy continues to show positive signs"
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Post by: Cape Cod 13 on October 06, 2010, 02:44:15 PM
The web site is finally up. No web cam but great pictures and video's. http://www.gupc.com.pa/
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Post by: Cape Cod 13 on October 09, 2010, 06:16:45 AM
Canal authority accord with Spanish port .


Friday, 08 October 2010 08:39   


 .Canal authority accord with Spanish port
The Panama Canal Authority and the port authority of Algeciras in Spain have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a strategic alliance to facilitate international trade and logistics activities between the two bodies.

Algeciras sits right across the bay from Gibraltar, which still flies the British flag, and is a regular bone of contention with Spain.
Panama Canal Administrator Alberto Alemán Zubieta says the agreement will benefit Panama because the Bay of Algeciras is at the entrance to the Mediterranean, and an important stage for the transit of cargo.

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Post by: Cape Cod 13 on October 15, 2010, 06:24:05 AM
Millionth ship through Canal honored .
Thursday, 14 October 2010 21:59    .
 .The captain of the millionth vessel to pass through the Panama Canal was presented with a commemorative plaque on Wednesday October 13.


Jian Ji captain of the bulk carrier Fortune Plum was returning from the U.S. on his way to China and Korea. The ship  made the historic transit on September 4.

The first ship that officially passed through the waterway linking two oceans was the steamer SS Ancon, on Aug. 15, 1914. Ancon and her sister ship Cristobal played a crucial role in building the canal, bringing workers and supplies, from New York to Panama.
On August 15, 1914 Ancon made the first official transit of the canal as part the opening ceremonies which were overshadowed by the start of WW I. Her sister ship Cristobal had made the first unofficial transit on August 3, delivering a load of cement, while an old French crane boat Alexandre La Valley had crossed the canal from the Atlantic in stages during construction, finally reaching the Pacific on January 7.)

The award was made by executive vice president of Channel Operations, Manuel Benitez, during a ceremony at the Miraflores locks

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Post by: Cape Cod 13 on October 23, 2010, 08:24:48 AM
I thought this was very interesting. C.C.13
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Post by: Cape Cod 13 on November 11, 2010, 07:17:35 AM
Firm guilty of defrauding US government on ACP black list .
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 14:31    .

Centennial Bridge .The U.S. Louis Berger Group which has been working on contracts for Panama’s Canal Authority (ACP) and the Environmental Authority (ANAM) has been  convicted of defrauding the US government of millions of dollars.

The company has agreed to pay $69.3 million in criminal and civil penalties for having defrauded the U.S. government in reconstruction work in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The payment is broken down into $18.7 million in criminal penalties, and $50.6 million  to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act  to inflate profitsr in their contracts with the U.S. government.

ACP regulations exclude from its bids to those  who have been convicted of fraud, misappropriation, theft, forgery, bribery, destruction of documents.

The company’ s web site says: “For nearly 60 years, we have been a devoted and trusted partner to U.S. federal, state, and local government agencies.”

LBG, headquartered in New Jersey,runs its Latin America operations from Panama, where it was involved in the construction of the Centennial Bridge, which opened in 2004. at a cost of $90.9 million. The company has also done work for  Anam.
Although LBG is now blacklisted by the ACP, the canal authority could consider the company for future tenders, according to a La Prensa source.

The company completed two contracts with the ACP, a service for the development of socio-environmental management plan for Lake Gatun, for $197,000 dollars, which ended in April 2009, and  consulting services to review technical studies of the expansion program, $ 564,210, completed in November 2008  It has also performed other services for the Canal unrelated to the widening.

The Department of Justice reported that Salvatore Pepe, former finance chief, and Percy Pellettieri, former comptroller of LBG, admitted in federal court to having conspired to defraud USAID.

They admitted that for every dollar of work related to contracts with USAID, billed an additional $1 40.

The frauds took place from 1999 until August 2007.
 
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Post by: Cape Cod 13 on November 13, 2010, 06:22:52 PM
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Iran, Venezuela plan to build rival to Panama Canal
Sources tell Haaretz that the recent Nicaragua-Costa Rica border incident was a trial balloon by the creators of a plan to build a new canal in Latin America.
By Shlomo Papirblat
Tags: Iran Venezuela Hugo Chavez
The recent border dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua is a sign of an ambitious plan by Venezuela, Iran and Nicaragua to create a "Nicaragua Canal" linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans that would rival the existing Panama Canal.

Costa Rica says that last week Nicaraguan troops entered its territory along the San Juan River – the border between the two nations. Nicaragua had been conducting channel deepening work on the river when the incident occurred.

Sources in Latin America have told Haaretz that the border incident and the military pressure on Costa Rica, a country without an army, are the first step in a plan formulated by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, with funding and assistance from Iran, to create a substitute for the strategically and economically important Panama Canal.

The plan has aroused concern in Washington, and the U.S. has started behind the scenes efforts to foil it.

Panama is a country with a distinctly pro-American orientation. Since its construction was completed in 1914, the Panama Canal has served as an irreplaceable link between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. More than 14,000 ships pass through the canal annually and recently the one millionth ship passed the canal since its opening.

In recent years, the amount goods passing through the canal in each direction totaled about 190 million tons. The transit fees paid by the ships and other canal-related activities account for 75 percent of the annual revenues of Panama's economy. The Panamanian economy and Panamanian stability would be in real danger of collapse if another canal took away its monopoly on shipping between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

In recent years, the government of Ortega, a former Sandinista underground member, has tried to gain control of the San Juan River, which lies on the Nicaragua-Costa Rica border. Costa Rica brought the issue before the international court in The Hague, which after careful examination of historic maps, past agreements and terrain features, determined in July 2009 that the river belonged to Nicaragua, and that the border is located on the southern bank of the river. The court also ruled that Costa Rica had the right of free passage on the river.

However, the results of this ruling are not enough to allow for the implementation of the plan formulated by Venezuela and Nicaragua. In order to build a new canal linking the two oceans, they would also need to control the southern bank of the river and the point where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean.

Several weeks ago, Nicaraguan foreign ministry official informed Costa Rica of Nicaragua's plans to do work to deepen the channel of the San Juan River in order to improve shipping on the waterway. Costa Rica did not oppose the plans, on the condition that the work did not harm the river or the bank on the Costa Rican side of the river.

The apparent engineering project was surprisingly placed under the supervision of Eden Pastora, better known as "Commandante Cero", a hero of the former Sandinista underground. This was a hint that the work had more than a simple engineering purpose.

Two weeks ago, Pastora went to a farm of a Costa Rican citizen in the Calero Island area and told the farm owner that the area belonged to Nicaragua. The farm owner objected and subsequently farm workers were allegedly beaten and farm animals were allegedly killed. The farm owner called Costa Rican police who arrived and reported to their commanders that Nicaraguan troops had entered Costa Rican territory and raised a Nicaraguan flag.

Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla last week called for a special session of the Organization of American States, located in Washington, but, after a day of talks, no resolution was reached. During the talks, Venezuela supported Nicaragua's position while Panama strongly opposed it.

Chincilla announced on Wednesday that she plans to raise the issue before the United Nations Security Council and again demanded that Nicaraguan soldiers withdraw from Costa Rican territory.

Sources in Latin America consider these events, and the power demonstrated by Nicaragua, as a trial balloon by the creators of the "New Canal Plan" – Venezuela, Iran and Nicaragua. Western intelligence agencies are closely following the path of heavy machinery equipment to Nicaragua as well as the activities of Iranians in the Nicaraguan capital Managua.

A U.S. State Department official told Haaretz's Washington correspondent Natasha Mozgovaya on Wednesday that the U.S. is not aware of any plans to build a new canal in Latin America.

In 2007, Chavez announced a plan to build a $350 million road connecting the two oceans and the Iranians have expressed an interest in constructing a port on the Atlantic Ocean. The U.S. did not express concern about either of those initiatives.
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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on November 28, 2010, 06:03:28 AM
Canal expansion strike ends .
Saturday, 27 November 2010 12:58    .

A six day strike by workers on the Panama Canal expansion ended on Friday (Nov 26).

Workers belonging to the Construction and Allied  Workers’ Union (SUNTRACS)  complained that the contractor Grupo Unidos por el Canal S.A. (GUPC) did not pay them in full for days worked.The consortium, complained that a group of workers on the project failed to comply with an agreement to work during national holidays.

Minister of Labor and Workforce Development, Alma Cortés, said on  RPC Radio. that the agreement reached between employers and union members came after the parties put their interests and personal views aside for the welfare of the country

Cortés said that  future, agreements between the company and employees would be in writing to enable  adjustments and calculations of hours worked.

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on November 30, 2010, 05:46:32 AM
Cruise ship port for Amador prospects .
Monday, 29 November 2010 15:25    .

Plans to construct a cruise ship port in Amador, Panama, will take a step forward this week when Panama maritime executives meet with Miami port and cruise line officials.

 Maritime Authority of Panama Administrator Roberto Linares and Panama Canal Administrator Alberto Alemán Zubieta will travel to Miami for two days of meetings with Miami Port director Bill Johnson, and Michele Paige, of Carnival Cruise Lines.
The project to build a cruise ship port in Amador has raised expectations in the cruise tourism industry, and will complement a similar facility in Colon.
“Our aim is to inform entrepreneurs and investors about the scope of this project," said Linares.

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on December 13, 2010, 06:10:05 AM
Panama Canal widening leading to internecine warfare in U.S. ports .
Sunday, 12 December 2010 07:41    .

The $5.25 billion being spent on widening of the Panama Canal is only the beginning of expenditures in the rush to accommodate giant container ships.

Billions more dollars will be spent in the United States, as ports rush to expand facilities to receive the post-panamax ships passing through when the expansion is completed in 2014, one hundred years after it first opened.
Panama has been hosting delegations or port authorities and logistics experts from New York to Miami, including Savannah, and Atlanta, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina; and Jacksonville Florida.
The widening will lead to the biggest shift in the freight business since the 1950s, when ships first started using giant containers of equal size.
Some of the ships known as post-Panamax can carry three times as many containers as the largest ships currently making the 48 mile transit.
The widening will also allow the U.S. Navy to transit some of its super sized aircraft carriers that currently have to make the long haul around the cape.
The expansion will enable products made in Asia to be sent directly to the East Coast instead of being unloaded on the West Coast and then sent east by train or truck.
A result could be a shift in business worth billions of dollars to ports, and big savings for companies like Ikea, Home Depot and Wal-Mart, always on the hunt for more efficient ways to serve shoppers in the Eastern third of the United States, where a majority of the U.S. population lives.
To capture some of the new traffic, almost every large East Coast port and those along the Gulf of Mexico have projects under way. Some ports that are too small to handle the giant ships are improving railroads and truck routes, making them more efficient in anticipation of an overall increase in the number of containers coming to the East says the New York Times.
Others want to dig deeper channels and become the leading port in their regions for companies operating the big vessels.
Containers have become the name of the game in shipping says a lead article. Although cruise ships and imports and exports of cars, oil and bulk agricultural loads like cotton and fertilizer still make up a good portion of port traffic, most of the growth is in containers filled with products that Americans like to buy.
The newest, biggest ships can carry the equivalent of as many as 15,000 containers that are 20 feet long. But they are also heavier, wider and require deeper water. In Savannah, for example, the water is only 42 feet deep. That is enough, with tidal variations, to handle ships loaded with 5,500 containers.
The port at Norfolk, Va., is 50 feet deep, and is the only one on the East Coast that can handle the biggest, fully loaded container ships.
The navigation channel that feeds the Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal in New Jersey is deep enough, but the Bayonne Bridge is not tall enough for the new container ships to pass under.
Officials at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are studying options. They might raise the bridge by 64 feet. A study estimated the cost at $1.3 billion.
As Savannah port officials are learning, digging up six feet of mud is not easy or cheap. Environmentalists are concerned that dredging will cause historic Savannah buildings along the shore to tumble into the water, suck sand from the shores of Tybee Island and ruin freshwater marshes.
The Corps of Engineers’ environmental impact document, issued after a 14 yearstudy, suggested deepening but not widening the channel to protect the buildings along the shore and adding 3,000 acres of wildlife preservation land to help offset the impact on freshwater marshes.

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Chris in Inuvik on December 14, 2010, 07:36:22 PM
Thanks for posting that. It really hadn't hit me all the changes that would be required once the Canal was widened.
Very interesting.

Chris in Inuvik
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on December 19, 2010, 06:37:43 AM
Closing of Centennial Bridge another headache for commuters .
Saturday, 18 December 2010 08:27    .

The only way in and out .With the Christmas traffic rush moving to a peak,the clock has moved back for motorists traveling to and from the Interior west of Panama city.


The Centennial Bridge has been closed to all traffic to allow repairs to the access road that collapsed on Dec. 7 during the recent heavy rains. The stability of the access roads has been a problem since they were completed.

The bridge had been open on a limited basis, but the the Ministry of Public Works (MOP)decided on a complete shut down so heavy equipment needed for repairs can be moved to the site.
 All traffic crossing the Panama Canal to and from Panama City, will have to use the Bridge of the Americas.

To help ease traffic flow the MOP has said overweight vehicles will not be allowed on the Bridge of the Americas inbound from 5:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. and leaving the city from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

But commuters are  still advised to allow lots more time before heading in or out.

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on December 20, 2010, 05:26:42 AM
Panama’s VP forecast disaster for Canal expansion .
Sunday, 19 December 2010 17:24    .

David Gilmour, former No 2 at US Embassy, Ricardo Martinelli , Barbara Stephenson, Juan Carlos Varela .Panama’s Vice President Juan Carlos Varela called the Panama Canal expansion a “disaster” " during a luncheon with Ambassador Barbara Stephenson in December 2009.


The statement  came  after a group led by Spain’s Sacyr Vallehermoso SA won a $3.1 billion contract to widen the canal to allow larger ships, a confidential U.S. diplomatic cable said.

The cable, released by WikiLeaks and published  in Madrid’s El Pais newspaper, said that Varela expressed concerns that Sacyr was in “deep financial trouble” and might  not be able to complete the work.

“The Canal expansion project is a disaster,” the cable cited Varela as saying at a lunch with U.S. Ambassador Barbara Stephenson on Dec. 29, 2009. “In two to three years, it will be obvious this is all a failure.”

The ambassador’s office had “provided relentless advocacy” for Bechtel Group Inc., the largest U.S. engineering company, in its failed bid to win the largest contract for the $5.25 billion canal expansion, according to the cable.

Sacyr is working with Italy’s Impregilo SpA to build a third set of locks that will allow bigger ships to traverse the canal by 2014. The contract was awarded in July 2009.

The El Pais article had no response from Sacyr on the cables. In August, the company called the canal bidding process “exemplary,” according to the El Pais story.

Calls and e- mails by Bloomberg News seeking comment from Sacyr and Varela’s offices outside of business hours weren’t returned.

The Panama Canal Authority, in an e-mailed response to the article, said as the waterway’s operator it “shields” itself from any outside pressure.

A January 2010 cable noted that Some days later, Varela repeated his concerns during a conversation with Congressman Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico. According to the cable, Varela said the Spanish consortium was "very weak" and that he had "genuine concerns" about its ability to execute.

The cable also indicates that Varela said to the embassy's number two: "One does not mess with something as important as the Canal. When a bidder makes an offer that is a thousand million dollars below the next competitor, then something is seriously wrong. Of course I have the best hope, but I fear that Alberto [Aleman] has made a big mistake. "
Varela was also concerned by the fact that they were looking for Spanish companies to participate in the construction of the Panama Metro.
Later, Ambassador Stephenson asked the president, Ricardo Martinelli, on the progress of the canal project.
The answer? "Martinelli made a face and seemed to be a little worried. He said he feared the Aleman administrator may have tilted the contest to the consortium including CUSA, directed by his cousin. "
Stephenson sent a cable to the State and Commerce departments, alerting them that Varela and Martinelli were making such statements in the presence of congressmen who visited Panama. But she added two significant findings: One, that Varela's presidential aspirations were "sensitive" to the possibility that the canal expansion would result in failure. And two, the U.S. embassy has always considered that the Alemanmanager is a "highly capable manager and unimpeachable integrity."

This cable and others reveal that the U.S. Embassy in Panama did what Stephenson had branded in others   as "ruthless lobbying" for the consortium led by U.S. company Bechtel tro get  the contract to build a third set of locks. The embassy believed that if Bechtel won, it would mean f the United States selling over a billion dollars in materials and equipment.

Therefore, the embassy was pleased to win the consortium led by Sacyr, a Spanish company offered a price far below the other two competitors. The embassy had "strong suspicions" that the price was possible because the company was receiving a grant from the Spanish government. It was  also assumed that Sacyr  would renegotiate the price later.

Meanwhile, experts from the Inter American Development Bank estimated the total project cost at $5.9 billion(rather than the official estimate of $ 5.25 billion), while Bechtel estimated that the cost could reach $9.9 billion if the contractor assumed all risk . Bechtel considered challenging the tender, but finally decided not to.

The triumph of Sacyr "complicates our bilateral relationship to political and economic level," said the ambassador in one of her cables to Washington. The contract "is a sign of the growing Spanish influence in Panama, with the possible loss of opportunities for U.S. exports for the canal project "

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) said it has shielded its management "from interference and pressures of any origin or nature, to ensure, the interests of the country and the state. "
It said the hiring process for the expansion of the Canal "ensures full transparency and broader competitiveness.”

 The government has so far , declined to comment on the statements by Martinelli and Varela. La Prensa reported that it had made numerous attempts to contact Varela who did not return calls.

 Sacyr The Spanish company declined to comment .

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on December 21, 2010, 08:14:00 AM
Round the world sailing challenger aims for Panama by May .
Monday, 20 December 2010 08:16    .

A 15-year-old Dutch sailor, aiming to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world, will reach Panama in April or May.


 

Laura Dekker arrived in St Maarten on Sunday December 19 after completing the longest leg so far of her attempted circumnavigation of the globe, saying it felt "really weird" to be back on dry land after nearly three weeks on the ocean.

She was in good spirits after completing the 2,200 nautical-mile 4,074-kilometer) trip from the Cape Verde Islands off West Africa.
Dekker anchored Guppy, her 38-foot (11.5-meter) ketch, just outside Simpson Bay Lagoon after what she called "a very nice trip" so far.
The Dutch teenager started her trip from Gibraltar on Aug. 21 and spent two months in the Canary Islands waiting for the hurricane season to pass. She left the Cape Verde Islands on Dec. 2.
Dekker's venture stirred an intense debate about whether young people should be allowed to sail the world's oceans alone. A Dutch court originally blocked the voyage and only permitted her to set off after she took measures to manage the risks.
She bought a bigger, sturdier boat than the one she originally planned to use, fitted it with advanced navigation and radar equipment, and took courses in first aid and coping with sleep deprivation.
In the end, the Dutch court ruled that her preparations were adequate and it was up to her parents, who are divorced, to decide whether to let her make the attempt. Dekker was born on a boat off New Zealand while her parents were sailing around the world.
On a recent blog posting, Dekker said she "regularly wakes up after only one hour of sleep" and was looking forward to sleeping through the night while in St. Maarten.
On Sunday, she told the AP that she wasn't sure how long she would stay in St. She told Associated Press that “I just want to be in the Panama Canal in May, April,” Her circumnavigation attempt started two months after Abby Sunderland, a 16-year-old American, had to be rescued in a remote section of the Indian Ocean during an attempt to circle the globe. Earlier this year, Jessica Watson of Australia completed a 210-day voyage at age 16.
But while Watson remained at sea nonstop, Dekker plans to stop at dozens of ports and may even return home to catch up on her studies before resuming her trip.
If Dekker completes the voyage, any record she claims would be unofficial and likely to be challenged. Guinness World Records and the World Sailing Speed Record Council have decided they will no longer recognize records for "youngest" sailors to avoid encouraging dangerous attempts
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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on December 23, 2010, 06:39:17 AM
Wikileaks exposures covered by smiles and handshakes .
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 20:02    .

Alberto Aleman Zubieta, .Four days after the Wikileaks revelations of President Ricardo Martinelli and Vice-president Juan Carlos Varela criticisms of the Panama Canal expansion. all was smiles and unanimity.


Martinelli, Minister for Canal Affairs Romulo Roux, and Canal administrator Alberto Aleman  Zubieta, Wednesday (December 22) hosted a tour of various points of the project, and Martinelli said the Government supports the $5.25 billion expansion

Martinelli statements come after last weekend’s revelation of confidential cables sent to Washington by former U.S. Ambassador to Panama Barbara Stephenson. The messages said Martinelli and Varela, criticized the Canal expansion in meetings with officials and U.S. congressmen and included statements like “The Canal expansion is a disaster” from Varela and suspicions that Aleman Zubieta had influenced the awarding of the initial contracts to a consortium involving a relative.

"We are here to give a boost to the work done so far by theCanal Administrator and his team. This is a work that will benefit the country and the rest of the world and so we support it, "said Martinelli.

Aleman Zubieta said that the early months of 2011 should see the start of pouring concrete for the new locks.

Aleman Zubieta said that to date the expansion had utilized some 10,000 on various projects, and is expected to employ another 7,000 2012 during the peak period of construction of the new locks.
 

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on December 24, 2010, 07:29:52 AM
.Ho, Ho, Ho -- cheery news from Panama Canal authority .
Thursday, 23 December 2010 11:20    .

 .With an upcoming increase in transit charges and a projected climb in Canal traffic, the Panama Canal administrator Alberto Alemán Zubieta, has  good seasonal news for the country.


As the world slowly climbs out of the recession, transits through the Canal will increase slightly in 2011 he told media  on Wednesday, (December 22).

"The first quarter of the 2011 fiscal year, set to end on Dec. 31, has been very positive and has recorded nearly 4 million tons more than what expected," he said.

For the fiscal year, which runs from Sept. 30 2010 to Oct. 1, 2011, traffic is projected at 305 million tons of cargo, up from 300 million tons the previous year.

"We have seen a trade surge but we are still cautious, because there is a lot of turbulence in the world," said Alemán Zubieta while comparing the strength of Asian countries against the prevailing weakness in Europe and the United States.

Another  factor in the evolving recovering of the global economy is the "strong recovery" seen in the automobile industry, as well as soy, coal, and grain.

On Jan. 1, 2011, a toll increase – “acknowledged and understood by the shipping industry” – will come into force.

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on January 28, 2011, 12:00:21 PM
Mega-Ships May Bring Deep Water to Savannah.
http://liveshots.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/01/28/mega-ships-may-bring-deep-water-to-savannah/
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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on February 10, 2011, 09:58:17 AM
It's not the Canal, but interesting. C.C.13
Two earthquake tremors in Panama .
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 09:25    .

Two earthquake tremors were recorded in Panama during Tuesday night.

The first came at 10.10 in the evening and could be clearly felt in many condo towers The tremor was recorded at 4.2 on the Richter scale
A stronger tremor followed at 1.05 a.m. reaching 4.7 on the Richter scale.
Both tremors were felt on the Caribbean cost, but neither tremor caused injuries or damage.
The epicenter of the tremors,  at a depth of 33 kilometers was near Isla Grande, Colon Province, in the Panamanian Caribbean.

Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on February 12, 2011, 07:03:46 AM
Two more bridges forecast for Panama Canal .
Friday, 11 February 2011 16:20    .

Bridge of the America's ..the first across the canal .Crossing the Panama Canal will be easier in the future if the wishes of President of the Ricardo Martinelli are fulfilled.


He announced on Friday that he will promote the construction of a fourth bridge over the Canal to accommodate the growth of the country's traffic, particularly in the capital.

Martinelli said mentioned that, a tender will be called. The fourth bridge will connect the Amador areas with Howard said Martinelli without going into details. The third bridge will be in Colon.

Public Works Minister Federico José Suárez, says studies for the construction of a fourth bridge began six or eight months ago.
He said on RPC radio that with the partial closure of the Centennial Bridge following flood damage the problem of traffic congestion has "worsened", especially in the western sector of the province of Panama.
"Soon we'll be announcing the construction of this new bridge," said Suarez.

Currently, there are two bridges, the Bridge of the Americas and the Centennial Bridge, the latter remains partially closed due to access it collapsed in December 2010. Buses and and heavy equipment are banned on the bridge and normal traffic has restricted hours.
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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on March 02, 2011, 05:48:53 AM
Early clouds over future canal traffic .


 Tuesday, 01 March 2011 06:51


The Emma Maersk. New vessels will carry 16 percent more.

 Before the widening of the Panama Canal is completed one of the world’s largest shipping lines will be taking delivery of mega carriers, too big to use the multibillion dollar expansion.
 
Danish owned Maersk, is spending nearly $2 billion for 10 containers vessels to transport goods from Asia to Europe.
 
The carriers will be 400 meters long and 59 meters wide, and will be the largest in the world.
 
Other shippers will be watching and could soon be following in the wake of the Maersk line.
 
The vessels will be slightly wider than the new locks of the Canal, which will be 427 meters long and 55 meters wide.
 
 Each ship, costing $190 miilion will carry 18,000 containers, 16 percent more than the company's largest current vessel, the Emma Maersk. They will be built in South Korea and delivered between 2013 and 2015.
 
The widened canal is scheduled to be opened in 2014, one hundred years after the opening of the original waterway.

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Luis on March 11, 2011, 10:40:56 AM
Any news about if the Panama Canal will close briefly because of the Tsunami warnings in the region,or it will operate normally?
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on March 11, 2011, 11:25:30 AM
Luis, I ask, and this is what I just got back.  (Not yet…  We believe it may be a “tsunami” of perhaps 0.5 mts, and would hit the peninsula of Azuero (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azuero_Peninsula) prior to reaching the Canal’s Pacific entrance; therefore being nullified. 

The position of this peninsula in relation to Japan, in attached image, show how the peninsula should protect the Canal area.)  C.C.13
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on March 14, 2011, 06:08:54 AM

Canal excavation providing material for major redevelopments .


 Sunday, 13 March 2011 09:57


The millions of tons of earth being removed for the widening of the Canal are to be used for major landfill projects around Panama city.

 The $200 million projects have been hailed by tourism groups, but questioned by some businesses and urban design critics.
 
The Causeway faces widening.
 
Excavated material from the Canal expansion  will be  used for  three land reclamation projects and the expansion of the Amador Causeway to four lanes.

 Alexis Ho, the coordinator of special projects for the department of Reverted Areas, says the projects will generate economic activity in those areas, but Miguel López Piñeiro, president of Fort Amador Resort & Marina, thinks the plans could cause further harm to already struggling businesses, and increase competition.
 
Urban planner Álvaro Uribe expressed concern that widening the road to the Causeway could create traffic problems, and noted the islands along it have limited space for more vehicles.
 
Among the planned projects would be along the Avenida de los Poetas, in  in El Chorrillo, where the government had originally planned to build a convention center.
 
The center is now planned for the Causeway where critics claim there is insufficient hotel accommodation. The Chorillo site will be used for commercial and tourist-related projects.
 
This work will be in addition to the construction of the third phase of the Cinta Costera, which will connect Avenida Balboa with the Bridge of the Americas through Avenida de los Poetas.
 
The second reclamation project will be in front of the Frank Gehry designed Museum of Biodiversity The third will be used to build a marina on Naos Island.
 
Discussions will take place March 21 to update the master plan for Amador.

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on June 01, 2011, 04:43:24 AM
Panama ports readying for big increase in business .


 Tuesday, 31 May 2011 16:14

Panama Ports operators are planning to spend $1 billion on improvements to met an expected increase in business, if the free trade agreement (FTA) with the  United States is  signed and from the canal expansion.
 
Balboa will get three new giant cranes for unloading containers and eight “yard” cranes. The Port of Colón will add four container cranes.
 
Dredging operations are also under way to allow for the bigger post-panamax ships to dock when the canal expansion is finished.

A number of U.S. companies have visited recently  to examine the suitability of the country as a logistics center and in June Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime will lead a business development mission of 28 government and private sector representatives  to consolidate and strengthen bilateral trade between Miami-Dade County and Panama, particularly in light of the Canal expansion. Miami-Dade is also dredging its port and will become the closest deep water port capable of handling the post-Panamax ships.
 
With or without the FTA Panama's port business is booming. During the first quarter of the year,the ports handled more than 1.4 million containers an increase of 30 percent over the same period last year.



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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on July 08, 2011, 07:24:02 AM
http://www.gupc.com.pa/gallery.php    Check out these pictures. They really are moving along.  C.C.13  :wave:
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on July 10, 2011, 07:13:32 AM

Panama Canal on track for record year .
 Saturday, 09 July 2011 18:20

While much of the world shuffles toward economic recovery from the economic crisis, the Panama Canal is heading for a record year.

 The news comes from the Canal’s administrator, German Alberto Zubieta just one week after the first concrete was poured for the widening of the Canal, predicted to produce a  major boost in revenues, when completed  in 2014.
 
Zubieta  is readying for a trip to Madrid . to participate in  an academic and scientific forum, on the implications of the expansion and to promote Panama as a regional logistics hub.
 
President Ricardo Martinelli will be in Spain on an official visit.
Zubierta told the Efe news agency that the  twin records of tonnage transits and tolls will be surpassed as the recovery of world trade continues. "In Canal tonnage, the projection will be exceeded possibly 15 to 20 million tons more than what we had budgeted " said Zubieta.
 
Projections for the remainder of the fiscal year ending September 30 show  the total number of transits will be close to 320 million tons.  The previous high  was in 2007 with 312 million tonnes."
 He  predicted that fiscal year would  end with over $2 billion dollars in total revenues {jathumbnail off}
 
On Wednesday  Zubieta  will traveling on to Singapore on his logistics hub mission.
 
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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on July 13, 2011, 05:35:49 AM
$1.1billion sees Canal expansion 24 percent complete .


 Tuesday, 12 July 2011 18:05


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With some $1.1 billion disbursed for the expansion of the Panama Canal by the end of May, the project is 24 percent complete.

 The Canal authority reports that  the expansion, is on track to be finished by 2014. The total cost of the project will be $5.25 billion.
 
 Canal official Jorge Quijano said that the contract for design and construction of the third set of locks, the largest component of the project is 12 percent completed. That is the largest component of the expansion project. Other major components, mainly dredging, are more advanced. 
 
 The expansion was started in 2007, has captured the attention of the international community.
 
Canal officials said that the expansion of the waterway will increase Panama's importance in the global supply chain.

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on July 25, 2011, 04:30:56 AM
4.5 earthquake shakes Panama .


 Sunday, 24 July 2011 12:48


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 An earthquake  registering 4.5 on the Richter scale rocked eastern Panama in the early hours of Sunday. There were no reports of damage or injuries.

 The University of Panama Institute of Geosciences said the  quake was recorded in the Caribbean Sea off the Guna Yala indigenous region at 02:38 local time (07:38 GMT).
 
The quake was located at a depth of 42.1 kilometers and was s felt in Colon and  on the Pacific coast.

That's close to the Gatun Locks.  C.C.13
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on July 28, 2011, 05:17:33 AM

Panama Begins Pouring Concrete for New Locks


 Peter T. Leach | Jul 26, 2011 5:21PM GMT
The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story
Ports/Terminals
 | Container Shipping
 | Maritime
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| Central America
 




Work on Atlantic and Pacific locks marks important stage of Panama Canal expansion

The contractor group that is building the new set of locks for the Panama Canal began permanent concrete work on both the Atlantic and Pacific locks, marking one of the most important phases of the construction.
 
The phase, which is scheduled for completion by October 2014, is part of the larger project to expand the canal, allowing larger vessels to call on East Coast ports.

In March, the lead contractor, Grupo Unidos por el Canal, started pouring lean concrete at both lock sites to level the surface in preparation for the permanent concrete work.

This month, GUPCSA poured structural marine concrete to shape the floor of the upper chamber in Gatun, on the Atlantic side. It poured the concrete into specialized industrial formwork that included a significant amount of rebar (steel bars or rods used to reinforce concrete), to shape the 100 cubic meter blocks that make up the lock floor.

On the Pacific side, concrete pouring activities also began with the construction of the pit for the first of three lock crossunders or tunnels. Through these crossunders, trays and pipes will carry communication and electricity wires, drinking water pipelines and other components needed to operate the lock complex. Each set of locks will have three crossunders.
 
Each of the pits is built by stacking 16 blocks made of structural concrete and rebar. The pits, at a height comparable to that of a 10-story building, will include a series of steps and an elevator enabling  access to the crossunder.
 
The new locks will be 1,400 feet long, 180 feet wide and 60 feet deep and will be able to accommodate ships up to 1,200 feet long. By comparison, the existing locks, which are 1,000 feet long, 100 feet wide and 42 feet deep, handle ships up to 965 feet in length.

In its entirety, the new set of locks will require 4.8 million cubic meters of concrete.

Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on August 02, 2011, 05:34:33 AM
Increased Canal revenue to create stabilization fund .


 Monday, 01 August 2011 20:01
 
Between 2015 and 2025, the first 11 years of operation of the third set of locks of the Panama Canal the accumulated contributions of waterway for the National Treasury will exceed $30 billion dollars.

 That sum  five times more than the income during for the  earlier construction of (2007 - 2014).
 Faced with a revenue growth of this magnitude, the government anticipates the creation of a sovereign fund to save part of the surpluses.
 
 Minister of Economy and Finance, Alberto Vallarino, said that the resources will be  used as a stabilization fund, to avoid annual budget deficits and to reduce the long-term public debt. The fund  would also help to cope with economic crises or natural disasters.
 During the Tenth Conference of the Central Regional International Monetary Fund, the deputy director of  the Western Hemisphere Department,Miguel Savastano, highlighted the project in Panama as an example of how to manage an accumulation of additional revenue.

C.C.13
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on August 12, 2011, 05:24:44 AM
Centennial Bridge opening set for October .


 Thursday, 11 August 2011 13:42


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The latest date for the reopening of Panama’s Centennial Bridge, first setfor August this year, has been moved to October.
 
The news was given to a visiting group of members of the Chamber of Commerce, and the con Construction Chamber (Capac) yesterday who were visiting  the eastern accesses to the bridge Centennial Bridge east to access, with the Minister of Public Works, Federico Suarez.
 
The road leading to the ridge collapsed during heavy rains last December.
 
The minister said that the repair works is 81% complete and will be finished next month in time for an October opening to traffic.
 
A new road and a new viaduct  are being built, so that the structure has greater utility in the future said Suarez.
 
However, while work continues on the viaduct, traffic will continue to be  restricted, since repairs to the road that did not collapse, but is damaged, can be completed.
 
He said  that "cheap is expensive" and said the damage to the access road shows the importance of paying the actual cost of the work to contractors.
 
Suarez also they are still assessing the possible ca

 uses of the collapse of the road. So far $30 million has been invested in repairs and rebuilding.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on December 01, 2011, 05:49:40 AM
Panama Canal makes record contribution to State purse .


 Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:52


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Panama received its highest ever contribution from the Panama Canal this year ... a whopping  $1,043 million.

 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP)  confirmed Wednesday, November 30, the highest payment in the 12 years of Panamanian administration.
 
ACP administrator Alberto Aleman Zubieta , had already announced,in August, that  this fiscal year (2010-2011) all projections indicated that the Canal would "break  records" in both revenue and contributions to the National Treasury . "We estimate contributions of $840 million," he said at that time.

C.C.13
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on January 18, 2012, 06:17:46 AM
Day 2 of Canal expansion strike .

Tuesday, 17 January 2012 09:12

Over 3000 striking employees working on the Panama canal expansion demonstrated on Tuesday, January 17. It was the second day of a work stoppage.

They are demanding the payment of overtime wages and a wage increase from the GUPC (United Group for the Canal) consortium. The protesters were into the second day of work stoppage and threatened to remain  off the job  until  their demands are met. The sit-down strike began Monday at the Colon site of the construction of the third set of locks on the waterway. The GUPC is composed of Sacyr (Spain) Impregilo (Italy) Jan de Nul (Belgium) andConstructora Urbana SA, (Panama.)
 
A consortium press release said: “The company is affiliated with the Panamanian Chamber of Construction and workers belonging to the collective agreement the Union of Workers (SUNTRACS) and fully complies with the pay and conditions required under the agreement.. All GUPC  workers enjoy a minimum wage of $2.90 an hour which is above the minimum wage prevailing in the rest of Panama. and has been paid continuously since the start of construction in August 2009.”

C.C.13
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on January 20, 2012, 05:32:39 AM
No progress in canal expansion work stoppage .


 Thursday, 19 January 2012 21:59
Negotiations between striking workers and a consortium   charged with building the news locks for  expansion project were deadlocked on Thursday evening, January19.

They workers are employed by the  United for the Canal Group.(GUPC).
 
After six hours of meetings,  during which the consortium is reported to have said they could not afford a wage increase, Juan Arce, a spokesman for the workers n, said  that negotiations with the consortium members on the salary issue were not progressing so the work stoppage will  move into its fifth day on, Friday.
 
The workers, who currently earn $2.90 per hour, are demanding better pay, overtime pay and pay for Sunday .
 
The work of construction of the third set of locks is considered  a work of maintenance governed by the Labor Code.
 
The workers filed a proposal Thursday to attach a clause to the  1980 decree, so that it can establish a new salary for the workers who work in mega projects like the Panama Canal expansion.
 
The Thursday meeting was held at the headquarters of the Ministry of Labor (MITRADEL), and in the morning the Minister Alma Cortez, said it would seek a compromise between workers and GUPC.
 
The administrator of the Panama Canal Authority, Alberto Zubieta Herman, called for sanity to avoid further damage to the work of the canal expansion.

C.C.13
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on January 20, 2012, 05:34:47 AM
Striking workers not affecting canal traffic .


 Thursday, 19 January 2012 08:42The continuing strike of 4,000 workers involved in the construction of new locks for the Panama canal will not affect vessels passing through the waterway says the Canal Authority (ACP).

 In a statement  the ACP  said it expects  a quick solution to the conflict between workers and the United Group for the Canal (GUPC), a consortium building the third set of locks in the waterway, Workers are calling for  fair payment.
 
The ACP said that it monitors the employment status of the GUPC employees working on  the construction of new locks, as well as all other components of the Panama Canal Expansion.
 
Projects such as dredging and dry excavation, are continuing normally. The work stoppage began Monday January 16, over non-payment of the hours for Sundays and overtime. The company blames the problem on a computer program glitch.

C.C.13
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on January 23, 2012, 06:16:42 AM
Canal expansion work stoppage ends with pay raise .
 Sunday, 22 January 2012 14:31

The six day strike of workers on the the third set of locks for the Panama canal  has ended after 10 hours of negotiations.

The meeting involvedrepresentatives of 6,000 workers, The Ministry of Labor and the consortium hired to do the job. It ended with agreement on a  new pay scale and the amendment of a decree that has been in place since  March, 1980, which set the minimum wage for workers in the Canal area,
 
The new hourly rate will be $3.34 and  and for skilled workers a minimum of $3.96. Currently the minimum wage is $2.90 per hour.
 
The workers return to their jobs on Monday, January 23. The consortium “United for Canal” has  pledged not to retaliate against workers who were involved in the work stoppage.
 
The wage increase will  apply only to people working on the construction of the third set of locks and will run until the end of the project. Earlier reports suggested that the additional labor costs, running into millions of dollars will be borne by the canal authority (ACP) and not the contractor.
 
The intial complaints from workers also referred to non payment for overtime and Sunday work, which the  consortium put down to a new computer program.

C.C.13
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on January 23, 2012, 06:19:06 AM
New Canal bridge to ease traffic woes .

Sunday, 22 January 2012 08:29

As  Panama’s Ministry of Public Works (MOP) continues to struggle with problems connected to the Bridge of the Americas talk of a fourth bridge has resurfaced.

Public Works Minister Federico Suarez talked in recent days  of indicated that they referred new transportation projects for the coastal area, such as a road to the fourth bridge over the Panama Canal.
 
"We are studying the construction of the fourth bridge over the canal that would be very close to the Bridge of the Americas to improve the   lives the  of people in the west of the country, "he said.
 
The new work would benefit areas such as Arraiján, Resume, Veracruz, La Chorrera and Capira, which generate more than 100,000 transit vehicles. The construction of the new access "cannot wait any longer," he said.
 
The new route  to enter the city, along the coastal strip, will cut through July 4th Avenue, to the Albrook area connecting with the northern corridor.  For now, business continuity plans in the coastal road are under study.

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Chris in Inuvik on January 23, 2012, 06:47:26 AM
The new hourly rate will be $3.34 and  and for skilled workers a minimum of $3.96. Currently the minimum wage is $2.90 per hour.
 

Wow - what a difference to North American wages, huh?

Chris in Inuvik
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on January 23, 2012, 07:44:23 AM
Did you know if you move to Panama you can not work unless you start your own business. People are not allowed to come into the country & take jobs away from the people of Panama. Sure wish America was like that.  C.C.13    thumbup
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on January 24, 2012, 06:11:45 AM
Strike settlement will cost canal authority $50 million plus .

Monday, 23 January 2012 21:59

The pay increase for workers of the consortium building the third set of canal locks (GUPC) will cost the Canal Authority (ACP) about $50 million.

 The money will come out of the contingency reserve for the canal expansion but it exceeds the amount calculated by the ACP forsalary adjustment during the course of the project.. If the return to work helps get the job finished ahead of  time, the ACP will be on the hook for an achievement reward for the consortium.
 
Not only is the minimum wage increased to $3.34 an hour for helpers and 12.5% for GUPC skilled workers, but there are other increases .
 
If the scope of the modification ofa 1980 decree fixing canal wages, is for all workers in the canal area, the cost to ACP would be greater because they would have to cover other contracts of the companies working on the expansion project.
 
The contract between the ACP and GUPC provides and a penalty of $300 000 a day if the consortium does not meet the time set for the completion of the work.
 
Conversely, if the consortium delivers the work before October 2014, it will get an incentive bonus   of $215,000 a day, up $50 million.

C.C.13
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Chris in Inuvik on January 24, 2012, 02:40:57 PM
The contract between the ACP and GUPC provides and a penalty of $300 000 a day if the consortium does not meet the time set for the completion of the work.
 
Conversely, if the consortium delivers the work before October 2014, it will get an incentive bonus   of $215,000 a day, up $50 million.

C.C.13
Quite an incentive to ensure it gets done on time or ahead of time!
Maybe if there was more of this kind of thing in the US and Canada, projects would get completed on time.

Did notice there isn't much about it being on budget though.

C in IN
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on January 29, 2012, 05:52:38 AM
National reserve fund from Canal revenues .
Saturday, 28 January 2012 10:21

Plans to create a giant reserve fund from Panama Canal revenues against hard times are now being worked out.

Details of the  the formula of how to nurture the sovereign fund, are not finalized but one proposal on the table is to to allocate 80% of the contributions of the Panama Canal to the National Treasury and 20% to fund savings.
 
With this approach , the savings for Panama in 2015 could reach between $6 billion and $9 billion. The Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) aims to present a bill on the sovereign fund in the first quarter.  Panama has decided to save some extra income generated by the Canal expansion once operational in 2014. It is expected that in the first 11 years of operation of the expanded waterway, more than $30 billion will be generated for the state.
 
If you some of the resources are saved,, the country would have a cushion to fall back on in case of natural disaster or a deep recession. The measure would also improve the risk rating of the country.
 
Among the decisions yet to be taken is the preparation of a board or an entity tomanages the fund. As recognized by the MEF the selection of the team manager must be transparent and it must function independently  as a self-contained entity away from political positions.

C.C.13
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on March 06, 2012, 06:19:01 AM
First steps towards construction of new Canal bridge .

 Monday, 05 March 2012 16:02
Two consortiums and one company have submitted prequalification documents for bidding on the construction of the new bridge at the Atlantic end of the Panama canal.

 The consortiums are Odebrecht - Hyundai Joint Venture (Brazil - Korea) and Acciona Infrastructures - Tradeco (Spain - Mexico), and the company Vinci Construction Grands Projets (France).
 
."Prequalification” is the first of two stages of a process leading to the selection of the company that will handle the construction of a bridge said the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) on Monday, March 5.
 
The evaluation process will rate the candidates based on technical criteria , experience and financial capacity.  At the end of this period, which is expected in the next 45 days, the names those who  may participate in the second stage. with delivery by the ACP, a statement of design and specifications, site visit and pre-qualified for receipt of proposals finally, in July this year The third Canal Bridge will be  located three miles north of the Gatun Locks and the new lock Panamax Atlantic Avenue  The design of the 4.6 km bridede  design is will follow  similar work in Spain, Korea, France, China and Japan. It is planned to be double delta-shaped cable-stayed inverted "Y" with four lanes. At an  elevation of 75 meters above sea level.   

C.C.13
 
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on March 29, 2012, 06:06:07 AM
Canal expansion over 35% complete .  Wednesday, 28 March 2012 16:59

The  Panama  Canal expansion project is over  35% complete says  administrator of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), Alberto Aleman Zubieta.

 The work is scheduled for completion by August 2014, 100 years after the official opening of the canal.
 
He made the announcement while presenting  the ACP annual report to the Committee on Public Infrastructure of the National Assembly. Aleman Zubieta explained that although the  overall progress of the expansion program was over 35%, no projects within this work are finished and others are running.
 
He  said that  38.4 million cubic meters of excavations in the Atlantic access channel  have  been removed out of a final total  of 49 million cubic meters, leaving that part of the project almost 70% complete.
 
At the Pacific entrance they  are moving  8.7 million cubic meters of excavations. and that work is 84% complete, despite how hard it is because it is happening in a place with a lot of rock, but is expected to be finished in August this year .
 
The dredging of Gatun Lake and the Gaillard Cut is 68% complete , while at the entrance of the Pacific access channel to the new locks dredging is 64% complete
 
At the Atlantic entrance the dredging project is 97% complete.
 
He added that the design work and construction of the locks and dredging volumes are 52% completed  and, work that requires the placement of steel and concrete is 21% done.
 
In the Atlantic there are different phases of construction of the locks that are  35% complete, he said.
 
 Aleman Zubieta said that the ACP has  overcome a difficulty with the placement of concrete for the construction of the locks, where initially the contractor did not meet the level of quality of concrete.
 
Bids for the third bridge over the canal must be tendered in August this year and in the coming days the final designs of the three consortia selected through a prequalification process will be submitted.

C.C.13  :o
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on March 30, 2012, 05:10:05 AM
Five countries involved in new canal bridge bid .


Thursday, 29 March 2012 17:49

Companies from Spain, Mexico, Brazil, South Korea and France are in the bidding race for the construction of  new bridge over the Panama Canal.

 They have all prequalified to participate in the tender for the construction of a bridge in the Atlantic sector, part of the canal expansion project.
 
The Spanish-Mexican consortium "Acciona Infrastructures-Tradeco" and Brazilian-South Korean "Odebrecht-Hyundai Joint Venture" and the French company "Vinci Construction Grands Projets" were classified following studies oftechnical criteria, experience and financial capacity, says the Panama Canal Authority (ACP). The three candidates who had submitted their proposals in early March, now participate in the second stage, in which the contractor will be selected for the construction of the work.
 
They will each deliver  a statement showing the design and specifications, followed by  receipt of proposals in August.
 
The bridge design is inspired by similar work in countries like Spain, South Korea, France, China and Japan and is expected to be of a "double delta inverted Y-shaped cable-stayed "and with four lanes.  And a length of 4.6 km. The bridge will be of 75 meters above sea level, and located two miles north of the Gatun Locks and the new post-Panamax  lock in Colon.
 
The canal expansion  will cost $5.25 billion, and is scheduled for completion in 2014, to double the freight capacity of the waterway, from 300 to 600 million tonnes a year.

C.C.13   :wave:
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: rose on March 30, 2012, 11:28:34 AM
Thanks for keeping us all up to speed with the work going on  :wave:
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Post by: Cape Cod 13 on April 04, 2012, 06:34:10 AM
This is acouple days old, but throught worth while to post.  C.C.13

Panama Ports strike sent ships elsewhere .


 Tuesday, 03 April 2012 16:08
 
The strike of workers in Panama Ports Company (PPC) caused spin off problems across Panama and sent many container ships to other countries.


 
Workers returned in the evening of Monday, April 2 after four days of strikes led to the closure  of terminals, shipping diversion to other countries, rail transit at a virtual standstill  and repercussions Colon Free Zone (CFZ).
 
Maritime sector entrepreneurs speak of untold economic damage.
 
With the ports of Balboa and Cristobal not functioning normally, major shjippers like  Maersk and APL their routes and unloaded in the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Jamaica and Mexico.
 
"This means that containers were simply sent sailing from one place to another by the PPC strike," said Daniel Isaza of the Logistics Business Council.
 
The srike was the first since the ports were privatized 15 years ago.
 
Changes in the roadmap for carriers also affected companies that were waiting to  bunker to vessels that could not anchor in Panama.
 
Some of the 47 containers carrying spare parts and components for the thermal plants of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) had to go to Kingston, Jamaica.
 
PPC representatives said that at least 30 000 containers had been stranded in their ports or had to be sent to terminals located in other countries.
 
"The damage has been great. Not only for the direct economic effect, but the image of Panama as a safe destination to move merchandise, "said Romel Troetsh, representative of CSF.
 
PPC runs 22 of the 60 cranes that are in the country and 3.2 million of the 6.6 million TEU (containers of 20 feet long) reporting system.
 
Of the 4 000 employees of PPC, only 6 teams of 20 workers were working on Monday, following the strike call which the company called a "surprise" and came without prior discussions. They learned of the stoppage Friday night.
 
According to PPC, initially a small group was behind the strike but  the scope was significant, as those who insisted on working were not allowed in.
 
Workers lifted the strike Monday evening  after day long negotiations between strikers, PPC, and Ministry of Labor representatives. PPC promised no retaliations.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on April 06, 2012, 05:56:42 AM
Canal expansion opening delayed .   C.C.13   :'(

Thursday, 05 April 2012 07:41
 
The Panama Government dream of the completion of the Panama Canal widening project in 1914, the year its mandate expires  and 100 years since the canal opened, is over.

 A report published by the Journal of Commerce says The Canal’s new locks will probably not be ready for their scheduled opening in October 2014, but will be ready for a trial run by a vessel in December, according to Jorge Quijano, the engineer in charge of building the canal’s third set of locks.
 

“The change in the opening date of the new locks is caused by the inability of the consortium that is building the new locks, Grupo Unidos por el Canal, (GUPC) to meet its contractual requirements for the concrete mix for the locks, which delayed the laying of the concrete from January until July of last year. The concrete has to last at least 100 years, but GUPC could not make concrete that met that standard until the canal authority brought in an outside expert to show them how to make it. A report to the National Assembly by outgoing  canal administrator Alberto Aleman Zubieta referred to the concrete problem.
  The Canal Authority (ACP) received a letter Tuesday from GUPC with a new schedule for completing the work specified in its $3.2 billion contract for the locks. The schedule indicated that it will not be able to complete all the work required by its contract until April 2015, six months behind the target date for the opening of the new locks in October 2014.
 
The new schedule also  includes work on such elements as parking lots and building that are not essential to the new locks, said Quijano, who will become the ACP’s new administrator on Sept. 4, succeeding Aleman
 Most industry observers had not expected the new locks to be in full commercial operation until 2015, but the three-month postponement of the target date for their opening is necessarily a disappointment for Zubieta, who has been saying all along that the locks would be ready in October 2014.
  They will be ready for testing in October, but not for full operation. “The pre-commissioning tests of the locks will actually start taking place in February 2014, so that says that by that time the lock structure is complete,” Quijano said. This is a three-month delay from the previous scheduled date for lock completion of December 2013.
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Post by: Carolyn Jane on April 06, 2012, 09:20:16 AM
Is anyone surprised?  CJ
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Post by: Luis on April 07, 2012, 06:07:50 AM
Not surprised at all.  The important thing is to do things right even if it means a delay.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on April 09, 2012, 06:21:03 AM
Panama thriving as cruise center .   C.C.13   ;D


 Sunday, 08 April 2012 18:50

 
After four seasons as a home port for cruise lines  and shipping 178,000 passengers out of Colon 2000, Panama has achieved maturity as a cruise center.


 
Two leading cruise companies, Royal Caribbean and the Spanish Pullmantur, have confirmed that they will continue to sail from from Panama through 2014.
 
The arrival of more Latin American passengers in Panama, has led the lines to create more  tropical  style  meals, and  hire more Spanish-speaking staff as they focus their strategies on the Latin market says La Prensa
 
It is estimated that the current season (2012-2014)  will have an input of $75 million, considering that the passenger who boards a cruise ship in Panama, spends an average of $1000 a day.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on April 14, 2012, 04:58:03 AM
Canal expansion worker’s death causes stoppage .  C.C.13


 Friday, 13 April 2012 19:45
 
Safety issues continue to raise concerns among Panamam Canal expansion workers who on Friday April 13, stopped work for the day following the death of one of their peers.

 The workers of the United Group Consortium For the Canal (GUPC) planned to return Saturday after the company declared Friday a day of mourning and began investigations into the death of a worker at 4:15 am.
 
The  fatality comes on the eve of a series of meetings, starting Monday April 16 between the consortium and the Ministry of Labor and Workforce Development, to discuss a list of 43 points, raised  after a work stoppage of last January. Juan Arce, manager of GUPC workers said most of the points are related to safety issues for workers involved in the expansion.
 
Another point that will be  discussed at the meeting is the payment structure. that the company makes GUPC.
 
GUPC said in a statement that the victim is Luis Guardia, 37, who was killed in an accident involving slippage added in the tertiary industry section.
 
The date for the completion of the canal expansion has already been moved back between three and six months.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on April 29, 2012, 06:08:27 AM
Canal expansion has to consider climate change - US engineer .  C.C.13


 Saturday, 28 April 2012 13:48
 
The Panama $5.25 billion of the  Panama Canal needs to take climate change into consideration  a leading engineer said at  major conference in Panama.


 
Steven Stockton Director of Civil Works Corps of Engineers U.S. Army, speaking at the Congress of Engineering and Infrastructure Panama Canal 2012 said that although there is not a complete understanding of the whole phenomenon of climate change there is a need   to  develop the infrastructure of water resources, whether on land or the sea.
 
The Canal must accommodate changes at sea level or, otherwise there would be a major impact on the terrestrial side of the infrastructure. He said that when you make large projects which maintain and operate water resources, dams and rivers change characteristics and  special attention   must be given to the floods that could take place due to these environmental variations.
 
The expansion of the Canal will  also change shipping routes and traffic patterns, especially for cargo containers.
 
 The engineering expert explained that when working  on large projects such as enlargement of the waterway, planners must take into account the so-called "study of visibility." Time has to be spent  doing the  studies necessary to know the environmental and economic implications.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on April 30, 2012, 05:13:52 AM
Panama Canal plans toll increases..   C.C.13

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Board of Directors has approved a proposal to modify the Panama Canal pricing structure "to align Canal toll charges with the value the route provides."
 
The proposal increases the number of segments from eight to eleven by Panama Canal vessel type. It also breaks down the tanker segment into three distinct segments, establishes a new segment for container/breakbulk, and incorporates the roll-on/roll-off vessels into the vehicle carrier segment. Once approved, the Panama Canal market segmentation scheme will include the following segments: full container, reefer, dry bulk, passenger, vehicle carrier and ro-ro, tanker, chemical tanker, LPG, general cargo and others.
 
Price Proposal
 
Effective July 1, 2012, the ACP proposes to increase the tolls for the following segments: general cargo, container/break bulk (new segment), dry bulk, tanker (redefined segment), chemical tanker (new segment), LPG (new segment), vehicle carrier and ro-ro (merged segment), and the segment known as others. The remaining segments will not be adjusted at this time. Additionally, there will be changes to tolls applicable to small vessels based on vessel length, to incorporate adjustments not previously considered.
 
"This proposal continues to align the Panama Canal tolls to the value, benefit and quality the route provides, and maintains the competitiveness of the Panama Canal", stated Alberto Alemán Zubieta, ACP Administrator/CEO.
 
Consultation period and public hearing
 
As part of the tolls adjustment process, the ACP has established a consultation period from April 20 - May 21, 2012, during which the ACP will receive formal written comments, opinions and written requests from interested parties to participate in the public hearing. The public hearing will be held in Panama City, Panama, in the ACP's "Ascanio Arosemena" auditorium on May 23, 2012.
 
"The ACP will continue its dialogue with the industry to develop a pricing structure that meets the needs of our customers – one that benefits them and Panama", added Alemán Zubiet
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on May 08, 2012, 07:31:07 AM
LOOKS LIKE THEY WILL TRANSIT TODAY.  C.C.13

Fleet set for Panama Canal transit - 07 May 2012

The ten-strong fleet of ocean racing yachts taking part in the Clipper 11-12 Race is now complete after the final arrivals in Panama.

Edinburgh Inspiring Capital, Singapore and New York arrived last night while Qingdao, Derry-Londonderry and De Lage Landen arrived this morning under the bright Panama sun.

The teams will now await their transit of the Panama Canal with Gold Coast Australia, Visit Finland, Welcome to Yorkshire and Geraldton Western Australia expected to begin their transit tomorrow (Tuesday), a day ahead of the original schedule.

Each group of boats will leave the marina at 0530 local time (1030 UTC) to begin their transit of the Panama Canal.

The first lock of the canal is the Miraflores Locks and the final is the Gatun Locks. Click here for the Panama Canal webcams.

Upon arriving in Panama, Derry-Londonderry skipper, Mark Light was in positive mood after his team’s fifth position in the race from Oakland, San Francisco Bay.

“We were right up there in second place at one point but then dropped down to tenth so to climb back up to fifth position was a great race for us.

“I’m really pleased to be here and I’m looking forward to a couple of bays in Panama before transiting the canal which is something I’ve always wanted to do.”

Updates of transit times will be posted regularly.

http://www.clipperroundtheworld.com/index.php/race-news?item=639
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Post by: Cape Cod 13 on May 22, 2012, 05:15:37 AM
220 cruise ships, 220,000 passengers transit Canal .   C.C.13


Monday, 21 May 2012 17:48
 
A total of 200 cruise ships with more than 220,000 passengers crossed the Panama Canal in the recently concluded 2011-2012 season.

 The season ended May 17 with the transit of Celebrity Millenium, a ship of Celebrity Cruises, a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, said the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) on May 1. The Celebrity Millennium, which went through the interoceanic waterway from Miami made ??a 15-day journey to San Diego,California.
 
Jaime Castillo, of the Canal Research and Market Analysis, between October 1, 2011, when the season started, until 17 May, there were 200 cruise transits with a total of 222, 203 passengers. The routes of thevessels are usually of short duration, covering the islands of the Caribbean and the east and west coasts of Central America.
 
This season saw on May 5, the first transit of the Norwegian Jewel operated by Norwegian Cruise Line. The ship, with a capacity for 2,376 sailed from New York in late April bound for Los Angeles.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on May 31, 2012, 05:18:51 AM
CANAL EXPANSION: ANALYSIS Rewards outpacing risks .    C.C.13
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 10:55

CANAL EXPANSION: ANALYSIS Rewards outpacing risks canal expansion

By Mark Scheinbaum
 
Special to Newsroom Panama
 
Just the fourth and final phase remains of the gigantic expansion of the Panama Canal with the Panama Canal Authority (ACP)


 
 Meanwhile the entire nation  is feeling optimistic that the rewards in commerce and revenue will outstrip the risks.
 


Recently along with members of the American Society of Panama I got to see from the Cocoli side of the Canal--across from the Pedro Miguel Locks--areas which by the end of 2014 are expected to be underwater, perhaps for eternity. It was my first comprehensive look behind the scenes of the project since a similar visit in the early days of the "third system of locks" expansion more than two years ago.
 
Below you will find  links to information about the millions of metric yards of earth, billions of dollars spent, and specifics of contractors from Panama, the USA, Brazil. Canada, Italy, France, Costa Rica, Germany and many other countries. But the overall scheme of things might be more productive for those not following the world's largest public works project in decades.
 
First, I am gun shy about naming a price tag, although I have seen reliable numbers that this is a $5 to 7 Billion project. From a more inclusive business perspective, the actual ACP project can not and should not be separated from several simultaneous Panamanian projects, all reaping huge sales for U.S. heavy equipment manufacturers Caterpillar and John Deere.
 
The ancient highway from the Atlantic port of Colon to the Pacific metropolis of Panama City has been renovated; next to it the high speed toll road from Panama to Colon has been completed and then expanded. A spur is being completed all the way to Tocumen International Airport. Also the traffic-mangling, and ear bursting construction of the first ever Panama Metro--both underground and elevated commuter trains is 20 per cent finished. Two new international airports are being built...and on it goes.
 
So let's say the Panama Canal Expansion is a $12-14 billion long term upgrade and renovation consortium for the Republic of Panama which has resisted most of the 2008 global recession and beyond.
 
Today the typical "Panamax" ship (the largest ships designed specifically to traverse the Panama Canal) carry approximately 4,500 shipping containers when fully loaded. Longer and wider locks in the "third generation" of locks will allow "Post-Panamax" ships, already sailing the seas, to cross the Isthmus with 12,500 containers.

Today's average toll for a ship traveling through the Panama Canal of $250,000 will jump to nearly $1 million in tolls for these leviathan ships. That's a big reward for the ACP.
 


A big risk?
 
"Frankly, we know there will be bigger and larger ships in the future. They are already out there now," said ACP spokesman Luis Ferreire, my guide on the inspection tour.
 
He quickly added, "You can't say we would never have to expand again, and we are using designs which allow for that contingency, but we think the revenue stream will be solid because, let's face it, these super, super gigantic vessels were never designed to use the Panama Canal anyway....they stay at sea longer, and go further than ever before, with such huge cargo capacity, particularly for non perishables, that their costs tot he end users stay down."
 
Even with those limitations, many expert believe that just the 12,500 v 4,500 per load container factors will cut shipping costs, and hopefully prices to the consumer--from customers of Wal-Mart to Japanese and European cars, even after higher tolls are absorbed.
 
The United States and many of its aging port facilities have also been part of specific ACP information tours, seminars, friendship visits, trade missions, and projected expansion schemes with promises that a bigger Panama Canal means more money.
 
Since neither the attractive cruise ship ports of Miami and Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) or Palm Beach are huge container players compared to say Jacksonville or New Orleans, Port Manatee at the lower mouth entrance to lucrative rail-head Tampa Bay is positioning for more Panama induced trade.
 


Port Manatee believes it actually becomes the closest viable transshipment point to the expanded Panama Canal, and also to renewed trade with Cuba if and when embargos are lifted, and its Port Authority has geared up for the 2014 new Canal completion.
 
An estimated $750 million is being spent as part of a Master Plan for the Manatee area to improve shipping and harbor and connecting road and resource infrastructure. What's good for Panama could be good for Florida and Manatee County.
 
In Houston, shipping interests have been big promoters of the Canal Expansion not only for potential as an oil and gas customer--a role being expanded monthly--but because of the large confluence of rail lines which bring air freight, rail, truck, and Houston Shipping Channel cargo into play in the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States.
 
The 2014 completion date is a bit iffy, but politically it is important to the ACP and its arms-length civilian surroundings of Panama to complete the project within the 100th anniversary year of the completion of the Panama Canal by the United States. As of now it looks as if the "official" rededication will be December, 2014 even if the new areas are not yet fully functional.
 
Environmental issues have been dealt with, again hopefully, in ways never anticipated a century ago. Three "holding ponds" will re-use and filter water in each new lock three times, before releasing it into the next chamber, and so forth, until pristine water is released and allowed to flow in the Pacific Ocean. Dredging and anti erosion projects along Lake Gatun and to the Atlantic Coast are also considering wildlife, water pollution, sustainable environments etc at all levels of planning.
 
Historically, ACP scholars are trying to map, and photograph, and restore as much of the old "Canal Zone" heritage as possible, within the limitations of entire mountains (but they call them "hills") having been leveled, blasted, and chopped to silt and sand. Even the old Borinquin (Puerto Rican) Highway which winded along the west side of the Canal and villages such as Cocoli, will be retained in the name of an overflow spillway and reservoir system.
 
Perhaps most surprising to many of the non-VIP tourists going to the Miraflores Panama Canal Visitors Center with its restaurants, interactive displays and simulators and gift shops, is the lasting durability of the portions of the Canal from a century ago. Many of the redundant systems, floating steel lock doors, pumps and hydro electric generators are still functioning. Many have been modified and upgraded, but even with current construction it is mostly business as usual along the existing Canal.
 
Additional data, news releases, photo sites, engineering notes:
 
http://www.pancanal.com/eng/expansion/index.html
 
Mark Scheinbaum is a financial consultant and former professor at Louisville University in Panama, and now living in the USA. He is a regular contributor to Newsroom.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on July 08, 2012, 05:23:19 AM
Protests grow over canal toll increases .   C.C.13


 Saturday, 07 July 2012 12:01

 
The growing international protests against the raising  of Panama canal tolls   is casting shadows on the government's projections of future income.

THE Asian Shipowners' Forum (ASF),  has been been joined  by the Japanese Shipowners' Association (JSA in protesting  against  Panama Canal toll increases, saying that they were made without consultation and at a time when the industry can least afford them.
 
"Under the current economic situation, the newly proposed toll increase would be detrimental to the shipping industry," said the ASF. A similar message was issued by the JSA.
 
"The ASF urges the ACP [Panama Canal Authority] to withdraw its current proposal for toll adjustments in 2012 and 2013 and to maintain a close and interactive dialogue with the shipping industry to ensure that toll adjustments would be reasonable, transparent and gradually implemented," said the statement.
 
This comes in response to the Canal Authority (ACP) announcement of its intention to raise tolls in July and again next year 2013 and to modify the toll structure. The ACP has invited comments.
 
Said the ASF statement: "Given the importance of the Panama Canal as an international public infrastructure vital for efficient operation of the global supply chain, the notice period for the proposed toll increase given by the ACP was too short.
 
"The proposed toll increase was unilaterally formulated without any form of consultation or dialogue with the shipping industry and the ASF is of the view that this may inhibit business planning which could possibly lead to reduction in the total revenue received by the ACP," the statement said.
 
The ASF would also request the ACP to review its pricing policy to increase tolls at an annual 3.5 per cent average rate for 20 years, which was referred to in the "Proposals for the Expansion of the Panama Canal" in April 2006.

Meanwhile Nicaragua discussions are progressing with potential investors, including Korea, for the construction  of a sea level canal without locks. It is estimated that the construction would take 10 years.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on July 13, 2012, 05:06:34 AM
Visitor center planned for expanded canal .

Thursday, 12 July 2012 15:   C.C.13
 
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is calling for companies interested in a  concession for a visitor center on the Third Set of Locks.

 The ACP statement says  that the observation center buildings will have administrative and customer services, an observation tower, public squares, parking areas, restaurants and cafes, shops and salons. It will be located in the area of Cocolí, on the west bank of the Panama Canal saysCentral American Data.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on July 31, 2012, 05:50:09 AM
Nicaragua canal study contract signed .   C.C.13  :o


 Monday, 30 July 2012 14:18

 
Two Dutch firms have  received a  $720,000 contract from Nicaragua’s government  to study the possibility of building a canal to rival Panama’s.

Since the mid-nineteenth century, the "Nicaragua Canal" has been considered a possibility to join the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea,  and ir would not require locks, thus giving a faster and less expensive transit time. Some experts believe that increasing global navigation indicates that two channels in Central America will benefit the shipping industry, especially if the Nicaragua Canal can accommodate ships of deep draft.
 
Infrastructure companies DHV and Royal Haaskoning Ecorys said Monday they will complete their study in early 2013.
 
The government of Nicaragua estimates that construction would cost about $20 billion dollars and  is seeking international investors. South Korea has already expressed interest in the project.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on August 09, 2012, 05:40:48 AM
Increased charges for canal transit delayed .


Wednesday, 08 August 2012 06:30
 
The introduction of increased rates for transiting the Panama Canal will be delayed following protests from major shipping groups.

 The Cabinet Council approved  the timing of new fees set by the board of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) on Tuesday, August 7.
 
During his presentation to the Cabinet, the administrator of the ACP, Alberto Aleman Zubieta said that in view of the request for additional time by the industry during the consultation period and public hearing, the board amended its original proposal. The effective date of the first phase of adjustments has been moved to October 2012 and the second phase in October 2013, according to a bulletin of the Ministry of Communications.  The initial dates set for the toll increases were the July 1, 2012 and July 11 2013.
 
Aleman Zubieta  said that with the enactment of the adjustments, the waterway would not jeopardize its competitiveness...........................C.C.13  :o
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on August 11, 2012, 06:28:24 AM
New Canal bridge in Colon gets cash infusion .    C.C.13   :P


 Friday, 10 August 2012 14:49
 
 
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) as approved this year a contribution of  $186 million towards the construction of a bridge across the waterway in Colon.

The concrete cable-stayed bridge will be  990 meters long and  will improve transport and communications on the Caribbean slope.
 
Outgoing ACP administrator Alberto Zubieta Aleman confirmed the, details on Friday Jul 10. He said there are several groups aspiring to win the bid to build the bridge, costing approximately $500 million. They include the Brazilian company Odebrecht,  and three consortia, one Korean, one Spanish and one French

The  consortium China Communications Construction Company / Louis Berger Group won the contract for the final design of the bridge, which will have a height of 75 meters above sea level.
 
The group presented the lowest bid in May ($4.7 million). The budget of the Panama Canal for the fiscal year October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013 anticipated total income $238 billion,  and made direct contributions to the state of  $960 million and indirect $177 million.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on August 14, 2012, 05:27:06 AM
Canal consortium claiming $537 million from ACP .        C.C.13   :-\


Monday, 13 August 2012 21:46
 
The GUPC consortium building the third set of locks for the Canal Expansion is claiming $573 million from the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) for breach of contract.

 It claims additional costs for the construction of the third set of locks due to a delay in permits, employees who had stopped their work because the concrete tests were not approved and excessive rains in recent months.
 The executive of GUPC said the amount they claim is the right measure. "We're not asking for anything  more or less," said the project manager Ricardo Gonzalez.
ACP administrator, Herman Zubieta Aleman said that complaints are normal when the contractor faces different conditions … there is a procedure to view this topic, he said. "They have their arguments and we have ours."
GUPC was awarded the contract for design and construction of the third set of locks for $3.18 billion. The project is reported as six months behind and the work will be ready in April 2015 and not October 2014 as planned.
 The delays are related to pouring concrete for the locks, which started six months late because the consortium was unable to deliver the mixture with the required specifications. Gonzalez said the consortium is trying to catch up on the schedule In the contract there are three mechanisms to settle disputes with the contractor. First, the consortium must submit the claim to the ACP, and second, if no agreement is reached it can go before a board of adjudication, and third, go to a final appeal to an Internatii=oanl  Court of Arbitration.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on August 15, 2012, 06:06:41 AM
Aug 15, 1914:
Panama Canal open to traffic......................http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/panama-canal-open-to-traffic


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama_Canal
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on August 16, 2012, 05:19:20 AM
Visitor center to view canal expansion locks is open ...............C.C.13  ;)

Wednesday, 15 August 2012 18:10
 
The Panama Canal Expansion Center in Colon opened on August 15 and is awaiting your visit to see the construction of the world’s biggest locks.

 This is a work conceived so that visitors can "witness the construction of the third set of locks," says Sixta Diaz, manager of the Visitor Centers Unit of the Canal Authority (ACP)  the new center is a more environmentally friendly than the  viewpoints of Gatun and Miraflores, and is built on an elevated site in the midst  of the jungle area east of  the construction  project but visitors will be able to see progress on  the monumental infrastructure.
 
Diaz says that since the start of the  expansion project in September 2007, she has not stopped receiving applications for visitors, groups or individuals who want to see the development of the new locls  without affecting the operation  of the canal.
 
To date, the expansion program as a whole has progressed 43% and according to the original schedule should be completed in October 2014. However, the. consortium responsible for the construction of the third set of locks, has had delays in the work so the completion date  could be extended to  April 2015
 
The ACP has approached cruise lines that have expressed interest in site visits with tourists coming to Colon and has also contacted tour operators for group tours.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on November 21, 2012, 06:25:22 AM
One dead four injured in canal expansion accident .  C.C.13


 Tuesday, 20 November 2012 17:32


 
One man was   killed and four injured  while working on  the construction of the  third set of locks of the Panama Canal expansion on the Atlantic side on Tuesday November 20.


 
A press release from  Grupo Unidos por el Canal said the accident happened at approximately 2:30 pm.. The injured  men are being treated at the  Hospital Manuel Amador Guerrero in Colon.
 
The incident occurred during the dismantling of a tower crane located in the upper level of the excavation of the locks.
 
In a statement the  company said it deeply regrets what happened, in solidarity with the families of the employees and will continue to report on the condition of those who have  been injured and the progress of the investigation.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on November 24, 2012, 08:40:21 AM
Canal expansion work halted after death of worker ............C.C.13


 Friday, 23 November 2012 22:53
 
The company responsible for the expansion work of the Panama Canal in the area of Gatun in Colon province, has called on striking employees, to return to work after a 48-hour strike following the depth of one worker and injuries to four.

 " Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), calls for the resumption of work, and reflection of the impact on the project because of the suspension of activities," the company said through a press release.
The workers, who held a picket and chanted, decided to suspend their work because of the death of Salome Rodriguez on Tuesday during an industrial accident in which four others were injured.
 The company said it was surprised by the decision of the workers to suspend work due to the accident, as on Wednesday, it was decided to suspend all activity,mourning in solidarity with the employees affected and their families.
 The company reiterated that it is collaborating with the authorities to determine the causes of the accident.
 It also stressed that it will provide answers and support to the families of those affected.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on December 05, 2012, 07:34:10 AM
Ex Canal chief may run for Panama president ............

Tuesday, 04 December 2012 22:02
 
The former administrator of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), Alberto Aleman Zubieta is considering a run for the presidency.


 
The man who ran the world’s most important waterway for 16 years made the statement on Tuesday December 4 during a ceremony at the Technological University of Panama where he was awarded an honorary doctorate for his "leadership, excellence, integrity and transparency in trunning the Panama Canal, the cornerstone of the global maritime service.”
 
He said that "many people in the street" had approached him to run as a presidential candidate in the 2014 general elections. Therefore, he said, he is considering a presidential bid.
Alemán Zubieta ended his term as Canal administrator in September, and, says La Prensa, various sectors of the country applauded his work during the 16 years in charge of the canal management.
 Talk among politicians that the ruling Democratic Change (CD) may offer the opportunity for the presidential nomination. While political analysts argue that he could run as an independent candidate.
 Seven people have so far said they will run for president.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on March 27, 2013, 12:43:42 PM
Canal introduces first all-electric car...........C.C.13


The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has put its first all-electric car, into service in order to promote the best environmental practices in its operations.

The ACP became the first company in the country which has in its fleet a vehicle without combustion and thus no emissions of greenhouse gases.
 
"As environmental strategy ACP promotes the integrated management of water resources to ensure its availability in quantity and quality, while ensuring the confidence of the national and international community in a continuous and efficient operation," said the organization.
 "The world we live in will not be the same in the coming years. Each generation has to assume its role and responsibility on climate change now, while there is still time," said ACP Administrator Jorge Quijano.
 He added that the waterway’s role in corporate leadership in sustainable development is be more than economic growth with environmental concerns because it "consists of a set of concrete actions to promote a production and consumption style to facilitate a dialogue with nature."
 He pointed out that the power that moves the Panama Canal is self-generated and comes from hydro and thermal for consumption, and sale of surplus.


(http://i590.photobucket.com/albums/ss349/capecod13/Canal%20and%20etc/electric20car.jpg)
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on March 27, 2013, 12:46:24 PM
Canal expansion completion set for April 2015 .   C.C.13

Tuesday, 26 March 2013 23:41

The expansion of the Panama Canal will be completed in April of 2015 and will be operational by Mid-year 2015.

 This dry season has allowed a breakthrough in the work and the administrator of the Panama Canal Authority, Jorge Quijano, said Tuesday, March 16, that the contractor responsible for the expansion of the waterway indicated that the new locks on the Atlantic side could be finished in December 2014.
 "We are confident that if we continue with this pace the project can be finished in April of 2015," meaning the expansion will be operational by August of the same year, said Quianjo.
 He added that the work so far has advanced 53 percent, and that the dredging has largely been completed. The entries to the expansion are also largely finished.
 The expansion will cost $5.25 billion and will allow larger Post Panamax ships to use the Canal
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on April 09, 2013, 07:08:32 AM
3,000 canal expansion workers on strike............C.C.13
Monday, 08 April 2013 22:14   

SOME 3,000 workers on the expansion of the Panama Canal  walked off the job on Monday April 8, for non-payment of  the 13th month bonus by contractor Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC).

The strike has the support of construction workers union Suntracs.

Andy Rey, who works as a mason, reported that the company has also failed to pay social security. He was also critical of the fact that the contractor has paid bonuses to foreign workers but not to Panamanians.

Suntracs leader David Niño said that GUPC has not made any attempt to meet with the workers. The contractor declined to comment about the situation.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Phil on April 09, 2013, 09:54:12 AM
Canal expansion completion set for April 2015 .   C.C.13

Tuesday, 26 March 2013 23:41

The expansion of the Panama Canal will be completed in April of 2015 and will be operational by Mid-year 2015.

 This dry season has allowed a breakthrough in the work and the administrator of the Panama Canal Authority, Jorge Quijano, said Tuesday, March 16, that the contractor responsible for the expansion of the waterway indicated that the new locks on the Atlantic side could be finished in December 2014.
 "We are confident that if we continue with this pace the project can be finished in April of 2015," meaning the expansion will be operational by August of the same year, said Quianjo.
 He added that the work so far has advanced 53 percent, and that the dredging has largely been completed. The entries to the expansion are also largely finished.
 The expansion will cost $5.25 billion and will allow larger Post Panamax ships to use the Canal


So much for the original plan of trying to be open for the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal.

The big problem with the delays the cruise lines need over a years lead time before they can use the new canal with larger ships.

Phil
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on May 03, 2013, 08:58:59 AM
Projected Canal traffic down 8 million tonnes ............C.C.13
TRAFFIC through The Panama Canal in the current fiscal year is expected to decline by 8 million tonnes from the projected 330 million, but the canal authority still expects to deliver $960 million to the State.

The news was delivered by Canal Administrator Jorge Quijanoo at a  press conference. on Thursday May 2. The fiscal year runs from October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013, and the decline represents 2.4%.
Quijanoo said the decrease, is primarily due to the drought that has affected the United States, which has increased the grain trade from Brazil, which does not have to use the Canal, to reach the U.S.
 He also referred to the recent decision of the Danish container shipping company Maersk to use the Suez Canal with larger vessels stopping at the Spanish port of Algeciras en route from East Asia to the East Coast of the United States.
 "It's something we said was going to happen, so that we had to have an updated canal with a lock that could handle post-Panamax vessels" or lose customers, he said.
 Despite this, the administrator said he expects Canal revenue to remain "within budget" and not suffer a loss thanks to the additional $32 million from its power generation business.
 Because of the current drought, Panama’s hydroelectric generation has decreased, so the Government has asked the Canal to increase its production to avoid domestic shortages This year they expect to generate 604 gigawatt hours.
 Regarding the restructuring of tariffs for 2015 when the new Canal lane is operating, Quijano said they are talking with customers from different segments of the shipping industry including container ships, vehicle carriers, bulk carriers, etc.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on June 07, 2013, 06:59:51 AM
China gets Nicaragua concession to build bigger canal .................C.C.13

What could be devastating news for the future of Panama's economy and the canal  appeared in a Guardian report on Thursday, June 6.

Nicaragua has awarded a Chinese company a 100-year concession to build an alternative to the Panama Canal, in a step that looks set to have profound geopolitical ramifications.

The Guardian  reports that  president of the country's national assembly, Rene Nuñez, announced the $40bn (£26bn) project, which will reinforce Beijing's growing influence on global trade and weaken US dominance over the key shipping route between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

The name of the company and other details have yet to be released, but the opposition congressman Luis Callejas said the government planned to grant a 100-year lease to the Chinese operator.

The national assembly will debate two bills on the project, including an outline for an environmental impact assessment.

Nicaragua's president, Daniel Ortega, said recently that the new channel would be built in the north of the country, through the waters of Lake Nicaragua.

The new route will be a higher-capacity alternative to the 99-year-old Panama Canal, which is currently being widened at the cost of $5.2bn.

Last year, the Nicaraguan government noted that the new canal should be able to allow passage for mega-container ships with a dead weight of up to 250,000 tonnes. This is more than double the size of the vessels that will be able to pass through the Panama Canal after its expansion, it said.

According to a bill submitted to congress last year, Nicaragua's canal will be 22 metres deep, 20 metres wide and 286 km (178 miles) long - bigger than Panama and Suez in all dimensions.

Under the initial plans for the project, the government was expected to be the majority shareholder, with construction taking 10 years and the first ship passing through the canal within six years. It is unclear if this is still the case.

Two former Colombian officials recently accused China of influencing the international court of justice to secure the territorial waters that Nicaragua needs for the project.

In an op-ed piece for the magazine Semana, Noemí Sanín, a former Colombian foreign secretary, and Miguel Ceballos, a former vice-minister of justice, said a Chinese judge had settled in Nicaragua's favour on a 13-year-old dispute over 75,000 square kilometres of sea.

They said this took place soon after Nicaraguan officials signed a memorandum of understanding last September with Wang Jing, the chairman of Xinwei Telecom and president of the newly established Hong Kong firm HK Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Company, to build and operate the canal.

Nicaragua has accused Colombia and Costa Rica, which also has a claim on territory likely to be used by the new canal, of trying to prevent the project going ahead.

http://www.newsroompanama.com/business/5853-china-gets-nicaragua-conession-to-build-bigger-canal.html
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on June 15, 2013, 05:18:58 AM
Nicaraguan Canal gets government OK...... C.C.13


The Nicaraguan Parliament has approved  two laws that allow a Chinese company to build a complementary channel to the Panama Canal, and manage it for a period of 50 years extendable up to 100.
 Spokesmen for a Chinese consortium that will build the canal denied Friday, June 14, that President Daniel Ortega holds shares in the mega projectcosting $40 billion, as suggested by opposition sectors says the DPA news agency.
 Ortega signed on FridayJune 14 the "framework agreement" to build the channel with Chinese lawyer Wang Ji, president of the company HK Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Company (HKND Group), which was awarded the project without competitive bidding.
 In an interview to TV channel 15 in Managua, HKND Group spokesman, Ronald Maclean, denied that Ortega is participating as a partner of the multi billion project, and said that the sole shareholder of the ambitious project is Wang
 He also announced that the feasibility study will last from one to two years. "Until then we cannot confirm anything," he added, but relied on the success of the huge investment.
 "He (Wang) is willing to put a lot of money and take all the risk of this investigation (...) Now we're all on the same plane, and if Mr. Wang Jing goes wrong, it will go wrong for Nicaragua, to the opposition, the government and everyone, "said Maclean.
 The weak and divided opposition described the award as "unconstitutional, fraudulent and harmful to the interests of Nicaragua" and accused President Daniel Ortega tof "selling national sovereignty". Entrepreneurs and environmentalists, meanwhile, argue that their views were not taken into account.
 This Friday, the Staff of the Superior Council of Private Enterprise (Cosep) announced that it will initiate a constitutional complaint against both laws, arguing that violate provisions of the Constitution relating to the property.
The project, includes a gigantic wet channel, a railroad, two ports an airport and a pipeline that would be constructed within a period of five to ten years.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on July 05, 2013, 07:17:55 AM
THE SHIPMENT of the first four gates for the third set of locks for the Panama Canal has begun in Italy. They are expected to arrive  by the end of August.

Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPCSA) (contractor for the design and construction of the locks, made the announcement in a press release on Thursday July 4.

Boarding operations began at the premises,of Cimolai SpA, in San Giorgio de .Nogaro from where the gates will move to the port of Trieste They are expected to set sail for Panama in late July.
 Each gate will be shipped and transported in individual barges from Nogaro to the port of Trieste where they will be placed in a special heavy load vessel,
 Once loaded the four gatesare estimated to take about 30 days or so to reach their destination at the site of locks on the Atlantic, where GUPCSA has built a special dock to receive them.
 Each of the four gates, built for the central niche of the Atlantic locks, measures 57.60 meters in length, 10 meters wide and 30.19 meters high, The weight per unit is approximately 3,100 tons.    C.C.13

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on July 16, 2013, 07:15:05 AM
North Korean ship carrying hidden 'missile equipment' detained after leaving Cuba, getting ready to transit the Panama canal............. The captain of the ship tried to kill himself after officials began searching the consignment of sugar.
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/16/19497159-north-korean-ship-carrying-hidden-missile-equipment-detained-after-leaving-cuba?lite

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Carolyn Jane on July 16, 2013, 10:20:44 AM
She sure looks like a rust bucket to me.  (From the picture in the article) CJ
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on July 31, 2013, 06:31:05 AM
World downturn hits canal transits ..............C.C.13

WHEN THE WORLD sneezes, Panama is in danger or catching a cold, and the downturn in the international economy is affecting the Panama Canal.


Transit of vessels through the Canal dropped 7.1% in the first quarter of the year compared to the same period of 2012.

Economic indicators of the Comptroller General of the Republic reveal that toll revenue in the first quarter decreased 1.2% from $461,200, to $ 455,710
 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) puts the blame on the global economic slowdown, especially the projections of China and the slow recovery of the European countries.
 However the Canal Authority calculates income for fiscal 2013, which ends September 30 will meet budget projections. While tonnage is expected to fall 3.8%, toll revenue is forecast to rise by .1%
 The Canal turndown news comes soon after the Colon Free Zone announced an over 12% drop in revenue.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on August 16, 2013, 07:28:36 AM
 Countdown begins for Canal 100th anniversary celebration......Posted by C.C.13


THURSDAY AUGUST 15 marked two important days in the history of Panama, the 494th anniversary of the founding of the city, and the 99th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal.

Plans are already underway for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Canal opening, when the Panama Railway vessel SS Ancon made the first official transit between the two oceans.

The SS Ancon steams her way between two oeansThe SS Ancon steams her way between two oeans

The 1914 opening was overshadowed by the start of World War I which adds a prophetic dimension to an article that appeared in The Boston Transcript at that time.
THE PANAMA CANAL’S NAVAL SIGNIFICANCE.
So much have the commercial values and aspects of the Panama Canal absorbed the interest of Americans that it may seem to many of them its opening for business in the midst of a world shaking war partakes of the nature of an anachronism, even if the United States is not one of the belligerents. In reality there is a certain fitness in the realization of the dream of Balboa and the prediction of Goethe coming at this particular time. The canal is a great “short cut” open to the use of the world, but it is also a part of the scheme of the military defense of the United States. It doubles the mobility of both our land’ and seIa forces, and was built with this consideration in mind. No event in our history gave more impetus to the construction of the canal by the United States than the voyage of the Oregon around Cape Horn to join our fleet in the Caribbean. The necessity of sending a battleship over so many thousand miles of ocean impressed the nation with the importance of having at our command a short route between the Pacific and the Atlantic. The arguments of war and peace are both represented in the canal, built, owned and managed by the United States in its sovereign capacity.

THE FIRST 99 YEARS

On the 99th birthday, La Estrella, the country’s oldest newspaper, which recorded the building of the railroad and the Canal had this to say about Panama’s most important asset:

With a full head of steam the canal expansion a workforce of more than 10,000 people earlier this month posted a gain of more than 60% and should be finished in the first quarter of 2015 the Panama Canal begins today countdown to his hundredth birthday.
Just this week the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced it will invest in its fiscal year 2014, which runs from October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014 - approximately $238 million in maintenance of structures and equipment, for the waterway that continues to provide an excellent service to the international maritime community, for the benefit of all Panama and Panamanians.
Exactly 99 years ago the oceanic route was opened to world trade with the passage of the SS Ancón' joining, via the narrowest part of the Isthmus, the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and to shorten time and distance in maritime communication.Western Union sends out the opening newsWestern Union sends out the opening news With almost 100 years of operations, the Panama Canal is one of the main maritime trade routes connecting more than 144 routes, 1,700 ports and 160 countries. Its main-users are, in that order, the United States, China, Chile, Japan and South Korea.
Most of the traffic that crosses the canal runs between the Atlantic coast of the United States and the Far East, while traffic between Europe and the west coast of the United States and Canada is the second major trade route of the waterway. However, other regions and countries, in Central and South America, depend proportionally much more on this vital artery to promote their economic advancement and increase trade.
Some of the main products transiting the Canal are grain, container cargo, oil and derivatives.
According to official data, in fiscal year 2013, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) provided the National Treasury $960. 6 million, while in the previous year provided $ 1.032 billion.
Since 2000, the waterway has directly contributed $8.569. billion to the National Treasury and the contribution for 2014 is set at $966.3 million.
In 13 years of Panamanian administration, emonstrated performance indicates that Panamanians have demonstrated that they chose the appropriate management model for the benefit of the country and the world', said Minister for Canal Affairs and Chairman of the Board of the ACP, Roberto Roy, commenting on the figures.
From 2015 the Panama Canal, with its third set of locks will be more competitive by allowing the transit of post panamax vessels, for the benefit and boosting world trade.
CANAL HIGHLIGHTS

August 1914 – Opening of the Canal.
September 1977 – Omar Torrijos and President Jimmy Carter sign transfer agreement .
December 1999 – Transfer of the Canal and the creation of the Canal Authority.
September 2007 – President Martin Torrijos initiates the Canal Expansion project.
August 2013 – Start of the countdown to the 100th anniversary celebration

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on August 21, 2013, 05:47:51 AM
CANAL EXPANSION” First installment of 16 lock gates arrive in Panama............ C.C.13
Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:57

THE FIRST four gigantic lock gates for the expanded Panama Canal arrived in Panama on August 20  nearly 30 days after setting sail from the port of Trieste on the Adriatic Sea.

The expansion project was initiated by the previous government, but got a warm welcome from the current president, Ricardo Martinelli

The gates measure 58 meters wide, 10 meters wideand 30 meters high.
They will be stored in Gatún until they are ready to be installed. The ship that brought them will return to Italy for the next load.
All 16 doors are expected to be in Panama by the end of the year.
President Ricardo Martinelli said Tuesday that the expansion of the Canal will transform the international maritime industry.
He said that the future of Panamanians lies in the hands of this "magnificent work," and  described the project as being delivered "on time and at the stipulated price." Previous reports indicated that the project will be at least six months late.
"This project will change the history of the world," he told local media.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on August 23, 2013, 10:23:14 AM
Giant lock gates for Panama Canal expansion unloaded ............C.C.13
 IT TOOK some two hours to unload each of the four lock gates that will become part of the biggest locks in the world  when the expansion of the Panama Canal is completed.

The gates, which arrived Tuesday, August 20, took 30 days to travel from Trieste in Italy. The ship that carryiied them is on its way back to Italy to continue ferrying the remaining 12 gates. Each one is 30 meters high and 10 meters wide.

To unload each one,  at a specially constructed dock. took four flatbeds each with 120 wheels.
The 16 gates that will allow the passage of post panamax ships that currently have to make the long voyage around the Horn, will be in place by April 2014.

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on August 23, 2013, 10:25:01 AM
Panama Port Expansion gets Canal Authority OK ..........C.C.13
 The Panama Canal Authority has authorized the expansion of the Rodman Container Terminal, owned by Singapore’s PSA International.

According to Jorge Quijano, administrator of the Panama Canal, it is now up to the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) to give final approval to the extension.

The terminal is operated by the Port Authority of Singapore (PSA International) with whom the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has reached an agreement to rent 20 hectares located at the same terminal and which would be used in the future expansion.
"The Rodman Container Terminal has only one pier measuring 330 meters long, 3 gantry cranes and 450,000 TEUs of capacity. Until the first half of 2013 this terminal, operated by PSA, handled 60,213 teus" reported Thebulletinpanama.com.
Quijano said they are considering a fourth set of locks in order to meet future demand for cargo.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on October 07, 2013, 07:11:21 AM
Panama expecting 200 cruise ships in Centennial year..........C.C.13

THE CELEBRITY MILLENNIUM kicked off the 2013-14 cruise season through the Panama Canal on October 2. It is the first of more than 200 passenger ships that will navigate the Canal during its centennial year.

The Celebrity Millennium, with capacity for over 2000 passengers, opened this year's cruise season through the Panama Canal moving from the Pacific to the Atlantic as part of a journey that will take 15 days going from San Diego, in California, to the port of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, said a statement issued by the Canal Authority.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on October 30, 2013, 07:07:29 AM
Canal expansion completion date extended 9 months  ..............C.C.13

 Tuesday, 29 October 2013 08:28 

 ALL CHANCES of a linking of the Panama Canal expansion to the 100th anniversary celebration of the opening of the Canal seem to have evaporated with the news that the completion date has been extended until June 2015.

The information comes in the latest quarterly report released by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP). The original contract completion date was October 21, 2014,

This means that the project of the third set of locks will be completed nine months later than the date agreed in the contract between Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) and the ACP, at a cost of $3.2 billion.
 The construction of the locks was delayed because concrete mixtures originally presented by GUPC "did not meet required specifications"
 The consortium submitted a claim for $588 million in additional costs in the works, caused by the delay in the rejection of the concrete mix.
 This action was denied by the ACP which sent the dispute to a settlement body agreed by the parties to resolve their differences.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on November 20, 2013, 07:18:41 AM
US Vice President follows tourist path to Miraflores    C.C.13

 JOSEPH BIDEN Vice President of the United States followed in the footsteps of thousands of tourists before him on Tuesday, November 19, packing a tour of the Miraflores locks into a tightly orchestrated visit to Panama.

US Vice-President Joe Biden at the podium during a visit to the Canal Expansion projectUS Vice-President Joe Biden at the podium during a visit to the Canal Expansion project

Biden was accompanied by President Ricardo Martinelli , and waterway administrator , Jorge Quijano , and members of the board of the Panama Canal Authority and watched the the passage of a ship through  the locks.

The Miraflores tour was followed by a visit to the Cocolí expansion works of the waterway.
After the tour Biden headed for the Westin Playa Bonita, to hold a meeting with the presidential candidates of the Democratic Revolutionary Party, Panameñista Party and Deomcratic Change. The media had no access to the meeting.
Biden arrived in in Panama on Monday night and on Tuesday morning met with President Martinelli , at the Palace of the Herons.
Both described the meeting, where it was determined to continue working for the improvement of bilateral relations, as productive.

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on November 26, 2013, 07:06:04 AM
Canal Authority delivers $981.8 million to treasury...........C.C.13

 The Panama Canal Authority (ACP ) announced on Monday, November 25, that its Board of Directors has approved a $981.8 million payment to the National Treasury for fiscal year 2013.

That, according to an ACP statement, is a 2.2 % increase over what was budgeted .
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on November 30, 2013, 08:15:19 AM
North Korea will pay fine for arms-runner ship........C.C.13

 NORTH KOREAN authorities will take possession of the ship detained in July with Cuban weapons on board within 15 days.

The hand over will take place after the payment of the roughly $600,000 fine, originally quoted as $1 million. Said Julio Berríos, lawyer for the crew

Panama Canal Authority Administrator Jorge Quijano said last week that the fine must be paid before the boat and 32 of the 35 crew members will be released.
A North Korean delegation is in Panama in order to reach an agreement to take possession of the boat and the crew.
The vessel was detained on July 10 after a search for drugs uncovered the weapons, hidden in a shipment of sugar.
On Wednesday, Prosecutor Nahaniel Murgas said the ship and 32 of the 35 crew members would be released, but the action was delayed until the fine is paid.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on December 13, 2013, 11:24:47 AM
The £25bn Chinese waterway in Nicaragua that will be THREE TIMES longer than the Panama Canal and locals hope will lift the country from poverty to prosperity

    In June, Nicaragua allowed Chinese businessman Wang Jing to build canal
    Construction could begin next year and take five to six years to complete
    Critics say it's economically unrealistic, ecologically risky, bad for Nicaragua
    Wang also gets string of tax-free side projects, from port, airport to pipeline
    Deal pays Nicaragua $10m a year for 10 years, slowly transferring ownership
    But fears that Wang will just focus on lucrative side projects, ignoring canal
    Havard expert brands deal 'astounding giveaway', adding: 'It's a worse deal than the original Panama Canal deal - which was a bad deal for Panama'


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2523188/Chinese-waterway-Nicaragua-thatll-longer-Panama-Canal.html#ixzz2nNAX1pna
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LOTS OF PICTURES..........C.C.13
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on January 02, 2014, 06:40:16 PM
Threat of suspension of work on Canal expansion locks...........C.C.13

 WHILE PANAMA prepares for a year of celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Canal, fears of further delays in the completion of the expansion continue to grow.

The contract dispute between the Canal Authority (ACP) and Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) continues to heat up with the latest move coming from the ACP on Wednesday, January 1 rejecting pressures against the administration of the waterway, which says the ACP had "The sole purpose of forcing the organization to negotiate the terms set out in the contract for the construction of the third set of locks.”

"No matter what kind of pressure is made against ACP, we maintain our demand that Grupo Unidos por el Canal respect the contract that they agreed and signed," said ACP Administrator Jorge L. Quijano.
The ACP said that according to the contract intended suspension or termination does not imply abandonment by the companies forming GUPC.
The ACP said that "The only way to address claims are clearly stated in the contract. Two of the three levels to resolve claims are decided by others. These contract terms were accepted by GUPC at the time of signing the contract."
The Grupo Unidos por el Canal de Panama (GUPC) sent to the ACP a notice for suspension of work on the locks as part of the expansion project of the waterway.
The note sent by the GUPC part of the procedure under the contract with the ACP, which will have 21 days to respond to the letter.
GUPC is composed of the Spanish Sacyr Vallehermoso , Italy's Impregilo , Belgium's Jan de Nul and Panamanian Cusa .
 While the ACP responds to the note sent by GUPC. work on the third set of locks will continue "normally", the international consortium said in a media release on Wednesday.
The release reiterates that the ACP is "aware of the repeated attempts by the contractor to meet the highest level with the intention of discussing in a fair and appropriate solution under Panamanian law, large financial problems affecting the project.”

One of the highlights of the GUPC letter was that the administration of Jorge Quijano" has failed to fulfill its obligations under the contract with the inaccuracy of the information provided to the consortium to implement the project."
GUPC’s contract for the design and construction of the third set of locks at a cost of $3. 2 billion was awarded in July 2009, but has submitted unresolved claims for additional costs.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Luis on January 03, 2014, 01:59:25 PM
This is not good if the expansion of canal is stopped. The president of Panama Martinelli talks about this. The articule was published in a Puerto Rico newspaper and I translated to English.



Panama - Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, announced yesterday that he will travel to Spain and Italy to demand their Governments that make their companies to comply with the contract for expansion of the Panama Canal, whose work could be halted this month, announced the international consortium that carries them out.demand their Governments that make their companies to comply with the contract for expansion of the Panama Canal, whose work could be halted this month, announced the international consortium that carries them out.

"I'm going to go to Spain and Italy to demand from these Governments, because it can not be that a company get an enormous amount of cost overruns in a work of enlargement, which is a work of humanity," stressed Martinelli at the gates of the Parliament of Panama.

For the Panamanian President, "when they were awarded, put a price and now are coming with the stories that are rising prices".

Without specifying a date for the trip, the ruling argued that the Spanish and Italian Governments have a "moral responsibility" in the matter, because two of the four members of the consortium responsible for the large
companies are in those countries.

"I think that there is a very high responsibility of the Spanish Government and the Italian Government because companies in those countries are those that are building" the expansion of the inter-oceanic, repeated Martinelli, who yesterday presided over the opening of a new period of ordinary sessions in Parliament.

Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), led by the Spanish Sacyr and integrated by the Italian Impregilo, Belgian Jan de Nul and the Panamanian CUSA, announced on Wednesday that, in 21 days, suspend the extension works if the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) does not recognize cost overruns encrypted by the Consortium $1,625 million.

The GUPC was awarded the expansion project for a total value of $5,250 million, of which $3,118 million correspond to the contract for the construction of the new complex of locks that allow duplicate charge that passes through acuatica.

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on January 04, 2014, 08:12:49 AM
Lot's of news about the Panama Canal..........C.C.13


Threat of suspension of work on Canal expansion locks.........
http://www.newsroompanama.com/business/6964-threat-of-suspension-of-work-on-canal-expansion-locks.html

Canal expansion contractor shares slump over work suspension threat........
http://www.newsroompanama.com/business/canal-expansion/6966-canal-expansion-contractor-shares-slump-over-work-suspension-threat.html

Canal Expansion stop work threat “akin to extortion” ..................
http://www.newsroompanama.com/panama/6967-canal-expansion-stop-work-threat-akin-to-extortion.html

PANAMA CANAL: Recent historical background .........
http://www.newsroompanama.com/panama/6968-panama-canal-recent-historical-background.html

Canal Construction Company fudged figures – news report........
http://www.newsroompanama.com/business/canal-expansion/6969-canal-construction-company-fudged-figures-news-report.html

Spanish minister heading to Panama over Canal construction dispute ...........
http://www.newsroompanama.com/panama/6973-spanish-minister-heading-to-panama-over-canal-construction-dispute.html



Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on January 05, 2014, 09:11:45 AM
Nicaragua Canal construction to start in 2015 ..............C.C.13


 WORK on the Nicaraguan Canal will start in 2015, although the final route will not be determined until the third quarter of this year says a report from the AP news agency.

The news that the mega project that aims to compete with the Panama Canal is moving ahead so quickly, comes at a time when Panama is facing serious problems with the possible suspension of work on the third set of locks, the major element in the Canal expansion project

The president of the Grand Canal Authority Interoceánico of Nicaragua , Manuel Coronel Kautz said that 2015 will be the start of construction of the work that the Chinese businessman Wang Jing announced last year is likely to occur.
Coronel said the selection of the route "is a complex problem which will be decided later and obviously so important a subject, will have to be decided by the president,[Daniel Ortega].
Colonel explained that the feasibility studies involve three areas: financial, environmental and economic and when they are "advanced enough" that will determine the route.
Most members of the ruling Sandinista Front Channel approved the grant last June, after three days of debate and amid much controversy.
The license for Wang Jing, is to build a canal that exceeds three times the size of the Panama Canal, plus tax areas, including ports on the coast of Nicaragua on the Pacific and the Caribbean, a pipeline that crosses the country, a railway to transport cargo, two free trade zones and an international airport, none of which is good news for the operators of the Panama Canal.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on January 06, 2014, 12:42:14 PM
Spanish Minister arrives to discuss Canal confrontation .............C.C.13

 SPANISH CABINET MINISTER Ana Pastor flew into Panama Sunday, January 5 to meet with President Ricardo Martinelli to discuss the confrontation between the Canal Authority (ACP) and the consortium building the third set of locks for the expansion project.

Both sides of the dispute appear to be hardening their stance, and commentators have said that there is no legality in Martinelli’s political involvement and his statements that the Spanish and Italian governments have a moral obligation to intercede.

Officials with the ACP said Sunday that the arguments raised by the consortium Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) to justify its $1.6 billion claim in cost overruns for the construction of the third set of locks have no legal basis and are not clear.
Consequently, they stated that the consortium has no basis for threatening to stop work on the project, as it has threatened to do if the money is not paid.
The authority also reminded the contractor that it sent a message on December13 asking for the issues related to the cost overruns to be explained in detail, but it never received a response.
These points were raised by Canal Administrator Jorge Quijano in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais. He said the authority is prepared to take over the project if the consortium stops work. The authority has also demanded answers about issues related to the work, including a reduction in workers and significant delays in the delivery of the gates of the locks.
Meanwhile La Prensa revealed that a senior political advisor to Martinelli is a partner in the law firm representing GUPC.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on January 07, 2014, 07:30:30 AM
Canal construction dispute gets more clouded .........C.C.13

 THE MUDDY waters of the dispute between the Panama Canal Authority and the consortium building the third set of locks for the canal expansion project got further churned up on Monday, January 6.

The Spanish Court of Auditors has questioned a $200 million guarantee promised by the government that helped the Spanish company Sacyr obtain the contract for the construction of the third set of locks in 2009 reports La Prensa.

That issue is now relevant since GUPC, the consortium led by Sacyr, is threatening to halt work on the project if it is not paid an additional $1.6 billion. The Panama Canal Authority has rejected that claim.
According to media reports, Panama could claim up to $400 million in guarantees provided by Spain and Italy, which are the homes of the two major contractors in the consortium.
The court has now raised questions about the government providing that guarantee, since it may not have followed the law.
The court said: "Although public insurance company CESCE - which set the conditions - must provide support to Spanish companies, it has to respect the contractual legal framework.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on January 09, 2014, 07:08:52 AM
Canal expansion confrontation a $billion-plus poker game ....C.C.13

 MULTI MILLION DOLLAR proposals and counter-proposals are circulating around the conference table, like giant poker chips as the battle over the Panama Canal expansion third set of locks project continues.

The latest bids came from the Italian company Salini Impregilo on Wednesday, January 8, when it presented proposals that would bring an end to the dispute that threatens to halt work on the expansion project.

Salini Impregilo is part of the consortium Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), which is led by the Spanish construction company Sacyr. The consortium has threatened to stop work on the project unless it is paid an additional $1.6 billion on top of its $3.1 billion contract.
In a statement, Pietro Salini, chief executive of the Italian company, said that the first option would include an additional $1 billion payment to complete the work.
A second, temporary option would be a payment of $500 million in advance of a resolution to the consortium's $1.6 billion claim.
Salini said that both proposals would allow the completion of the third set of locks in the first half of 2015. If the Panama Canal Authority refuses these options, the consortium will petition a Court of Arbitration in Miami.
Meanwhile President Ricardo Martinelli, assured the maritime world that the canal expansion would be completed.......
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on January 09, 2014, 07:12:40 AM
Canal expansion will be completed -Martinelli ......C.C.13

 PRESIDENT Ricardo Martinelli sought on Wednesday, January 8, to let the maritime world that the expansion of the Panama Canal will be completed even though a contractual conflict threatens to paralyze the work.

"The world must be convinced that we will complete the expansion. There is no doubt of that in the international maritime community," said Martinelli.

He reaffirmed that the consortium Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), which is led by the Spanish firm Sacyr, and the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) have initiated a dialogue in an attempt to avoid the suspension of the works in the next two weeks.
The ACP has stressed that the best-case scenario is that the consortium that began the work would complete it, but that the contract provides for mechanisms so that the project can be completed by the authority without the participation of the original contractor.
GUPC and authority officials sat down Tuesday, January 7 for the first time after the consortium threatened to stop work on the project if it was not granted $1.6 billion in cost overruns.
The authority proposed an outlay of up to $283 million under certain conditions, while the GUPC requested an advance of $400 million.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on January 10, 2014, 07:00:21 AM
Canal Authority rejects latest consortium proposal ........C.C.13

 THE PANAMA CANAL AUTHORITY (ACP )  has rejected the  financial proposal from Salini Impregilo of the consortium Grupo Unidos por el Canal ( GUPC ), which calls for hundreds of millions of dollars to continue work on the Canal expansion.

The ACP reiterated its willingness to take control of project to build the third set of locks, which are 65% complete.

Jorge Luis Quijano, ACP administrator flatly rejected the approach of Salini Impregilo, which controls 48% of GUPC which exceeds by hundreds of millions of dollars the contract agreed at $ 18 million $3.18 billion
Quijano reported on Monday that he has planned a meeting with representatives of the insurance company Zurich American who overwhelmingly supported the ACP $600 million bond.
The insurer may decide to continue the project with GUPC, find another contractor or credit money to the ACP to finish the work.
If the ACP is directly responsible for the work, one option is to hire a management company to complete the construction.
GUPC , seeking overcome its huge financial hole, has turned to international banks for support.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on January 11, 2014, 07:50:05 AM
((Three injured at canal expansion site)) ............C.C.13

THREE PEOPLE were injured Friday, January 10 in an accident at the cstruc site of the Panama Canal expansion locks.

The workers were injured by a falling slab of concrete.

Hector Hurtado, of the construction workers union Suntracs, said the injured workers were taken to the Social Security Medical Complex for treatment says La Prensa
"One (of the workers) was buried under concrete, but he was rescued and is receiving primary care," said Hurtado.
The accident comes in the midst of a dispute between the Panama Canal Authority and the contracting consortium GUPC over cost overruns of the expansion with threats of a cessation of work being bandied about.


((Worldwide concern over Canal expansion conflict))

 The threat of paralyzing the work of the third set of locks of the Panama Canal is keeping maritime and port operators around the world on tenterhook says a CentralAmericaData report.

The conflict between the construction consortium (GUPC) headed by the Spanish Sacyr and the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), which originated over the demand for the first payment of $1.6 billion in cost overruns and the ACP's rejection of that claim, threatens to extend the opening of the expanded waterway, through which 5% of the world's maritime cargo passes, to beyond 2015.

Dependent on that date of inauguration are adaptation inports projects throughout America, especially the United States, the Canal's main client, in order to receive post panamax vessels which will transit the expanded canal.

An article in Prensa.com reports that "The port terminals in Central America, the Caribbean, South America and particularly the eastern United States, are adapting facilities, believing that they are part of the route to be taken by megaships, towards Asia, which will pass through the expanded Canal.
Transiting through the Panama Canal is more than 5% of world trade and up to 30% of the cargo moving to and from the ports of the region. With the expansion this amount is expected to double. The capacity of the sea route will increase from 300 million tonnes to 600 million with the new locks."


((Canal consortium bid “not enough to pay for the concrete” ))

 A KEY MEMBER of the consortium now threatening to bail out of the construction of the third set of locks in the Panama Canal expansion project, was described as a bankrupt company when the contract was awarded.

“Facts seem to bear out what was said by the U.S. ambassador, in 2009, according to WikiLeaks. says CentralAmericaData

In a message to Washington, then Ambassador Barbara Stephenson described Sacyr as "a bankrupt company sustained only by the Spanish government."

Maritime-executive.com says the dialogue regarding the cost overruns in the construction of the canal expansion project between the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) and the consortium Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC)-initiated by the intervention of the Spanish Minister of Development- has been interrupted, and it is not even the Spanish group Sacyr that is the spokeshead but instead it is now the other majority company in the Consortium, Italy's Impregilo, which is asking - via the media- for $1 billion from the ACP, while keeping up its threat to stop the work.
It seems clear that the construction consortium lacks the financial resources to complete the work under the terms of the original contract, which brings to mind the criticisms of the award of the project to GUPC, who bid a much lower price than the other proponents, an amount which was said to be "not enough even to pay for the concrete."

Among the main criticism of this award, it has been noted that GUPC met the requirements of financial strength set out in the prequalification process of the tender, with a bond issue of $50 million which was backed by the agencies promoting exports from the governments of Spain, France and Italy and not by the capital market, which is always more critical in its decisions, as the U.S. company Bechtel had to do.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on January 12, 2014, 07:59:02 AM
Work on Canal extension locks down by 70% ..........C.C.13

 THE PACE of work on the construction of the third set of locks for the Panama Canal extension, has slowed by 70% says the Panama Canal Authority (ACP).

The work, or lack of it, is in the hands of Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC ), and in spite of re-assuring statements from President Ricardo Martinelli, and high level consultations with Spanish and Italian politicians, the clock is ticking down to the threatened suspension of work on January 20, as the main partners of the consortium struggle to find funding to ease their cash flow problems.

Shares of one of the main protagonists Sacyr, of Spain, have plummeted.
Only 2000 workers, including employees and subcontractors of GUPC are currently working on the expansion project, while in mid-December the last payroll reached 10,000 people.
The ACP reported several weeks it had noticed a reduction in the pace of work by the consortium, which has liquidity problems and has requested additional money to get the job done.
On December 31 GUPC gave notice to the ACP that it needed its help to solve its cash problems in 21 days or risk of having to abandon the project.
The ACP agreed to advance $100 million and delay the collection of another $83million if GUPC would provide $100 million. Without answering the proposal GUPC requested $400 million and one of the group members, the Italian Impregilo Salini conditioned the continuation of the contract on payment of $1.billion.
The easing of the conflicting positions has not been reached nor the intervention of the governments of Italy and Spain, countries of origin of the main companies of the group.
Of the 4.4 million cubic meters of concrete that that the locks require, 3.4 million have been set.

Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on January 12, 2014, 08:00:46 AM
Nicaraguan canal construction to start in December ......C.C.13

 AS WORK on the Panama Canal extension locks slows, with a possible halt in little over a week, Nicaragua has announced that construction of its canal will begin in December.

The Nicaraguan government and a Chinese company doing the work named the start date on the weekend.

"Construction will begin, as planned, in December," said President Daniel Ortega and Wang Jing, the owner of the company doing the $40 -$50 billion project which aims to carry vessels bigger than those the widened Panama waterway will accommodate.
The project will also include a pipeline, two deep-water ports, two airports and two free trade zones, according to Nicaraguan authorities.
The government said that the project will boost economic growth by up to 10 percent.
The construction of the canal was announced last June by the government and the HKND Group in Hong Kong which also obtained the concession for the route for 50 to 100 years.
It has been widely due to the environmental impact and the economic risk it poses. When the Panama Canal was built there was virtually no environmental opposition, although many indigenous people were displaced.
According to estimates, the Nicaraguan canal could be partially ready for operation by 2019.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on January 14, 2014, 07:39:52 AM
CANAL EXPANSION: When cheap turns out to be expensive ................C.C.13

 THE CANAL AUTHORITY (ACP) glossed over the Bechtel report on technical deficiencies in the very cheap proposal made by Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) for the Canal expansion and the project could now turn out to be very expensive for the ACP.

At the time of the award of the construction works on the Panama Canal expansion to the Europe-Panama consortium the efforts made by the U.S. government to reverse the decision in favor of the American-led construction consortium with Bechtel Japanese Taisei and Mitsubishi (BTM) were well known.

Both the report on technical deficiencies of the proposal by GUPC as well as doubts about the financial capacity of the European consortium, chief among them being that "Sacyr was on the verge of bankruptcy," and sustained only by the Spanish government, were discarded and described as being indications of pressure being put on so that the works would be awarded to BTM says CentralAmericaData.

The Government of Panama itself doubted the ability of Sacyr to carry out these works, according to cables, published by WikiLeaks, with the U.S. suggesting that Bechtel object to the process, because of violation of competition rules in obtaining Spanish government guarantees.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on January 14, 2014, 07:41:20 AM
Canal Authority provided deficient briefing says construction group ..............C.C13

 REPRESENTATIVES of the Group Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) have blamed the Panama Canal Authority (ACP ) for providing deficient information leading to cost overruns in the construction of the third set of locks for the Canal expansion project.

Situations not covered by the ACP in their studies and geological conditions including poor basalt and concrete le to a cost overrun of more than one $1.625 billion dollars, said the Spanish daily El Pais on Sunday January 12.

Examples given included the building of a cofferdam 6 feet below the mean level of Pacific material.
But to start foundation work, GUPC saw that valid ground for the foundation had been dredged by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) and replaced with sludge foundation from the Cocolí River.

The GUPC hypothesis explains that the ACP assumed that the basalt of the Pacific would serve as a source of aggregates for concrete work, once crushed and processed. However, GUPC found in the fractured basalt an unexpected and excessive amount of fine material of a plastic nature, which caused serious problems.

That change meant being forced to re- locate crushing plants and exploit new sources of basalt.
The primary requirement for concrete locks was to have a lifespan of 100 years. According to the consortium, the specifications did not indicate a particular methodology to demonstrate the durability..
The GUPC statement goes into details of the concrete test requirements. GUPC assumed that the concrete could pass the test at a year old, which was well before it comes into contact with chlorine from salt. But the ACP demanded, although not contained in the specifications, that the contractors fulfill the requirements in a shorter period, and rejected the options of the consortium, who had to use a new formula. This material makes it difficult to work with concrete, accelerates the setting and increases the heat released, which requires adding ice mixtures and refrigerate aggregates says the report.
The problems described by GUPC, sustain the extra cost of $1.625 billion.
Meanwhile the ACP issued a statement saying that "all project stakeholders, including GUPC had a 14-month period prior to submitting their proposals to study in detail all the components of the work, so that they could make a solid proposal.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on January 16, 2014, 07:42:21 AM
Canal protagonists agree new locks will be completed but not by whom..............C.C.13

 AS THE VORTEX surrounding the Panama Canal expansion project speeds up with no immediate sign of an agreement between the consortium building the third set of locks and the Canal Authority (ACP), there is one common denominator: all protagonists agree that the work will be completed.

The question that has to be answered within the next few days is: ”By whom”

President Ricardo Martinelli has spoken out, to sooth the fears of Maritime nations, the heads of the two major stakeholders in the GUPC consortium have said the work will be done and the ACP has said it will be done, even if they have to take over the project themselves.

What seems to be clear is that the cost of finishing the job will be close to the $1.6 billion GUPC is asking for overruns. What is not clear is who is going to pay.
Meetings have been going on between the consortium partners and other stakeholders like Zurich Insurance which has a $400 million bond in the mix.
The latest to say the expansion "won't stop,” is Enrique Garcia, president of the Latin America Development Bank, one of the entities involved in the financing of the project.
Garcia said Wednesday, January 15 in Madrid that the expansión "is a flagship project, not only for Panama, but also for Latin America."
"It is of a great significance," Garcia said.
Garcia expressed confidence that an agreement would be reached between the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) and the consortium in charge of the project.
The consortium, Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), consists of Spain's Sacyr and Italy's Impregilo, which control 48 percent each of the company, as well as the Belgian firm Jan de Nul and the Panamanian firm CUSA.
Garcia said the bank "does not want to take a position on the matter," saying both Panama and Sacyr are customers of the bank.
"I think that they will reach an agreement," he added noting that "obviously the work is not going to stop, that is clear,"
He said that cost overruns and disputes over payments are often encountered in projects of this magnitude, and that normally there are mechanisms to handle them.
The bank provided $300 million in financing. Other entities involved in the project are the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the European Investment Bank and the Bank of International Cooperation of Japan.
Work on the locks, already way behind the original completion schedule, has already slowed by 70 percent, and the threatened final stoppage comes after the weekend. The ACP has said that if it has to take over the work, it can be restarted in 15 days, but Zurich Insurance will have a big say in who will control the resumption of activities.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on January 18, 2014, 07:27:42 AM
Work on Canal locks set to stop Monday............C.C.13

 THE CLOCK has almost run out on the ultimatum of the consortium building the third set of locks for the Canal expansion, with work due to stop On Monday, January 20.

Grupos Unido por el Canal (GUPC) on Thursday. January 16, reiterated its decision to halt work on the construction of the third set of locks Monday if the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) does not make a decision on its $1.6 billion claim for cost overruns.

The consortium sent a letter to the ACP yesterday stating that the deadline, originally established in a letter sent Dec. 30, is still valid.
Negotiations between the two entities have failed to resolve the dispute. GUPC has rejected offers by the ACP to provide advance payments to help the consortium's short-term financial situation.
The ACP has demanded that GUPC follow its contractual obligations regarding the handling of cost overruns, which involves the issue being resolved through mediation.
ACP Administrator Jorge Luis Quijano has also demanded that the consortium follow the contract with regards to stopping work on the project, which is allowed in only limited circumstances.
The letter sent yesterday to the ACP was signed by Bernardo González, director general of GUPC. Sources said it has complicated last-minute talks between the two sides saya La Prensa.
It also reflects problems between the consortium's two largest partners, Sacyr of Spain and Salini Impregilo of Italy.
Quijano has stated that, if GUPC abandons the work, it will be taken over by the ACP. He plans to meet next week with Zúrich International, which has a $600 million bond to fund the project should the consortium drop out.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on January 19, 2014, 08:34:46 AM
Canal expansion shut down imminent ........C.C.13

 WHILE THE MANTRA, that the expansion of the Panama Canal will continue with or without the consortium Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), these are worrying times for the Canal Authority (ACP)

GUPC, a key player in what appears to be a high stakes poker game, has confirmed that it plans to stop work on Monday, January 20, because of cost overruns.

Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Administrator Jorge Quijano after said that the next steps are difficult to predict since they will depend on the actions of the GUPC.
"We are preparing for any eventuality, but I am sure that the Canal expansion will be complete with or without them," he said and reiterated that the plan of the ACP is to finish the work as soon as possible.
GUPC sent a letter to the ACP on Dec. 30 warning it would suspend work on Jan. 20 if the issue of the cost overruns was not settled. The ACP has maintained that the consortium should adhere to the contract, which lays out guidelines for dealing with the issue.
"Negotiations are still open, but we'll see on Monday what happens," said Quijano, who acknowledged that there are already talks with other companies to complete the work if necessary.

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on January 19, 2014, 08:36:43 AM
5,084 young artists take Panama into Guinness Book of World Records ..............C.C.13



IN LESS THAN four minutes 5,084 young children and teenagers helped establish a new Guinness Book of Records in front of the Panama Canal Administration Center on Saturday, January 18.

They painted a 7,000 square meters sketch, in a timed three and a half minutes endeavor.

They were part of a workshop " Let's Paint the 100 years of the Panama Canal " , organized by the Olga Sinclair Foundation in collaboration with the Canal Authority, and the government.

In a party atmosphere and obvious emotion, Panama managed to set the record for the number of people people who painted a mural simultaneously.

The feat outstripped the previous record set in Saudi Arabia by 3,860 participants. It was certified by representatives of the Guinness World Record organization The canvas sketch was divided into 25 panels.

Organizers estimated that more than 7000 people registered to participate in the activity, which is part of the celebration of the centenary of the opening of the Canal .


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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on January 25, 2014, 07:43:17 AM
((7-Day window to solve Canal financing dispute))...............C.C.13

 THE CANAL Construction consortium Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) says that it has agreed to negotiate with the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) until Feb. 1.

The announcement was made Thursday, meaning that the feuding parties have just seven days to search for a solution to the contractual conflict that threatens the expansion of the waterway.

GUPC, led by Spain's Sacyr and Italy's Impregilo, has claimed that more than $1.6 billion in cost overruns has left it without the liquidity to continue with the construction of the third set of locks, a project that is almost 70 percent complete according to the contractor. Earlier figures put it at 65% complete.
In a statement released Thursday, January 23 the consortium said that the Feb. 1 date is part of a "negotiation protocol" agreed to by the parties.
"The protocol provides for the development of discussions on complete solutions, including the proposal for co-financing involving the ACP, GUPC and Zurich," the consortium said. insurance giant Zurich has a bond ensuring the work will be completed.
Representatives of the ACP, including Administrator Jorge Quijano, and officials from Zurich and GUPC met Tuesday for the first time since the consortium threatened to stop work through a letter it sent Dec. 30 to the ACP.
Quijano said that Zurich has proposed a solution to the standoff that will allow the Project to be finished, but no agreement has yet been reached
Zurich has a $600 million policy on the work that was issued in 2009 when GUPC won the bid for the contract with a $3.1 billion proposal. That bid was below the $3.4 billion reference price for the Project.
The three parties are expected to meet Monday, although the date still has to be confirmed.
The Canal Authority has said that it has paid GUPC $2.831 billion and $160 million in additional costs already. It has accused GUPC of slowing down work on the project, which is a violation of the contract reports La Prensa


((Canal Expansion: ACP between a rock and a hard place))................C.C.13

 The high stakes poker game between the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) and the expansion construction consortium continues, to see who will blink first.

CentralAmericaData, like other commentators in Panama and around the word, believe the ACP is between a rock and a hard place, despite the statements of President Ricardo Martinelli, calling on the moral obligations of the countries that the consortium members call home.

In an editorial, the online publication, read throughout the business world says: “The Consortium has rejected the proposed solutions one by one, knowing that it would be more expensive to replace it than to acquiesce to its demands.
“The alleged light at the end of the tunnel that led to an agreement in principle to resolve the alleged illiquidity of Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), was dimmed when the consortium led by Sacyr and Impregilo returned to its extremist position: Pay the overruns of $1.6 billion, or the works will be halted.
“The alternative put forward by the Panama Canal Authority, that it takes over management of the works, seems unrealistic, considering that repairing the necessary structures to complete the works, means not only higher costs, by hundreds of millions of dollars, but a considerable delay in the opening of the extended canal, with expected operating income losses, already foreseen, also of hundreds of millions of dollars.
“The construction consortium Grupo Unidos por el Canal seems to have Panama gripped by the neck, and along with it all of the adaptation projects for Post Panamax ports in the region. It is GUPC which has the upper hand, and they know it. They probably already knew it when they won the tender with a bid that was one billion dollars lower than the second cheapest bid.
The $1.6 billion required by GUPC will come from somewhere, and the expanded Canal will probably open in 2015.

Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on January 31, 2014, 07:28:14 AM
No deal on Canal expansion as both sides dig in...........C.C.13

 WITH JUST one day left to conclude a deal between the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) and Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), the two groups have yet to abandon their “They shall not pass” stances.

GUPC is asking for $1.6 billion for cost overruns to complete the canal expansion project, while the ACP says the consortium, which has a liquidity problem, has not respected the contract.

The ACP ‘s “Plan B” has been given the thumbs down by Zurich Insurance bond holders, and reports say that they have accused the ACP of intransigence
The parties, which are meeting with insurance company Zurich, have until February 1 to reach an agreement.
On the table is a proposal for co-financing, which would include the contribution of $400 million from Zurich, $100 million from the ACP and $100 million from GUPC says La Prensa
Yesterday, at the end of two days of Panama Canal Authority (ACP) meetings, ACP Administrator Jorge Luis Quijano said that no agreement had been reached, He reiterated that the goal of both parties is to finish the project with the original contractor.
Meanwhile, former members of the ACP expressed their support for the current administration. A statement signed by Mario Galindo, Guillermo Quijano, Alfredo Ramírez, Dani Kuzniecky, Abel Rodríguez, Norberto Delgado and Eduardo Quirós said that the board approved a contract with GUPC that should be followed.
"The decision to expand the Canal included a budget of the work and the terms and conditions of the respective contract that had to be met by the companies interested in participating in the bidding process," the statement said.
They said GUPC has not respected the contract by threatening to stop work because of the cost overruns.


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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Luis on February 06, 2014, 06:51:12 AM
Bad news as work to expand canal stops. :(

BY JUAN ZAMORANO / The Associated Press


Panama - Panama Canal expansion works were suspended yesterday after not reaching an agreement on how to resolve the dispute by the payment of cost overruns for the work, which amounted to $1.6 billion, and on how to finance its final stretch.

The authorities of the inter-oceanic reported, immediately beginning a period of careful analysis allowing the Canal Authority to make decisions so soon has been completed the construction of a new rail locks.

"I don't want to even insinuate that the next steps are simple and that they are free of risks, what I want to make clear is that we will not be subjected to blackmail," said the administrator of the Panama Canal, Jorge Quijano, in a press conference to announce the end of the negotiations with the Consortium building the extension of the route. An airlock allows level waters and thus to help a ship or vessel climb or descend level and can successfully cross the channel.

The Consortium, led by the Spanish company Sacyr, in charge of the construction of new locks, the main component of the expansion rail, has ensured that it has liquidity problems and demanded authorities channel recognition you cost overruns by $1.6 billion to complete the work.

From Madrid, the consortium called groups United by the channel, reported earlier that broke the negotiations to finance the enlargement and warned of the danger of losing 10,000 jobs.

The expansion project would double the capacity of the channel that extends for 80 miles between the Atlantic and Pacific.

The consortium because of the additional costs to problems with feasibility studies that made the Panamanian authority before starting the work.

He says that during the excavation of the ground were found geological obstacles not foreseen by the studies and that they have prevented getting basalt, a kind of volcanic rock, an input main to produce huge quantities of concrete needed. Many experts say that the root of the controversy is that the Consortium underestimated the costs of the project when it was awarded in 2009 for the cheapest offer: $3,118 million, about $1 billion below the offer of Bechtel, the construction of United States giant.

Meanwhile, Quijano said that an agreement with the Consortium "it is no longer possible and the window closes by the minute, especially because United Group has suspended the work". He added that the authority requires that the work will resume as soon as possible.

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on February 08, 2014, 08:22:11 AM
U.S. calls for fast resolution of Canal expansion conflict .........C.C.13

 THE UNITED STATES, the largest user of the Panama Canal stepped into the dispute between the Canal authorities and the international consortium hired to do the expansion.and   called for a "fast resolution"

"Punctual" completion of the project, already over 9 months behind schedule, was also urhed.

"We expect a quick resolution of the current suspension of the works and the total resumption of activity in the expansion of the Canal," said a spokesman for the State Department
The source stressed that Washington has been following the dispute between the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) and Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) over cost overruns which has led to the suspension of work
The United States is the largest user of the Panama Canal and a number of ports in that country have made big investments based on the expansion.
"A timely completion of the expansion of the Canal is therefore important for those ports and U.S. trade", the spokesman insisted.
"We have great respect for the professionalism of the authority of the Panama Canal and its independence, as enshrined in the Constitution of Panama", he said
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on February 09, 2014, 08:54:19 AM
Arms running N.Korean ship pays fine, heads home............C.C.13


A FINE of $693,333 has been paid by the North Korean ship Chong Chon Gang and the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has given the ok to its departure.

"The payment has been received, and in strict compliance with its processes, the ACP has authorized the departure of the ship," the agency said.

The Chong Chon Gang was detained July 10 with a cargo of weapons hidden in a load of sugar from Cuba and bound for North Korea.
The prosecutor responsible for the case recently ordered the release of 32 of the 35 the boat's crew, on the grounds that they were not informed of the arms.
The other three, including the captain, will have to face charges of arms trafficking.


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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on February 21, 2014, 11:13:35 AM
Work on Panama Canal resumes – talks continue.........C.C.13

 WORK ON the Panama Canal extension restarted on Thursday, February 20, following an earlier announcement by Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC ).

The administrator of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), Jorge Luis Quijano confirmed the resumption although there was no mixing but clearing earthworks.

ACP also reported that the bank was authorized to pay $36 million dollars that the company would deliver to GUPC.
These funds will be used to pay the workers and cancelf some debts to subcontractors.
Quijano maintained that the work will be completed in December 2015.

GUPC , meanwhile , said this they reactivated work on the construction of the third set of locks , which forms part of the expansion of the seaway.
According to GUPC the Revitalization of the work is done by following a procedure that allows the work to b full swing in the shortest time possible.

THE international consortium of Sacyr, Impregilo , Jan de Nul and Cusa said it is maintaining open communication with the CPA with the intention of signing an agreement.
"The parties are engaged in intense negotiations and which advanced on Wednesday on key issues to enable the financing and payments to subcontractors and employees of the third set of locks," said GUPC.
The contractor emphasized that negotiations will continue in order to reach a long-term agreement, which "meets the contract and applicable laws and provide funding for project completion in 2015."
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on March 16, 2014, 06:25:56 AM
Zurich seals deal on canal expansion project..............C.C.13

 CLOSURE to the long drawn out dispute between the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) and the Canal expansion consortium came on Friday March 14.

 
THE SWISS insurer,.Zurich Insurance Group approved the agreement reached between the Panama Canal Authority and Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), the consortium responsible for the expansión.

ACP and GUPC, -led  by Sacyr and Impreglio-, announced that they had reached an agreement to allow the project to continue. The dispute was over alleged cost overruns.
Under the agreement, ACP and the construction consortium will each provide $100 million to complete the work.
Another $400 million will come from a "security bond" from Zurich insurance that will be used as collateral to obtain additional funding.
The delay in construction has cost the ACP millions of dollars in projected revenues, and the completion date for the expansion project has been moved to December 2015.

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Luis on March 22, 2014, 09:34:52 AM
Very good news. Hopefully they finish it without any further delays to allow larger ships to transit.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on April 26, 2014, 08:32:06 AM
Canal Authority predicts expansion delays ...............C.C.13


The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) took a different tack from President Ricardo Martinelli on Friday April 25 saying  that every day of the strike on the waterway represents new delays in the completion of the work,

It said that the strike impacts more than 8000 workers and affects ACP revenue projections and tarnishes and damages the reputation of the country as a reliable route and logistics  and transport center of the region.

The warning came during the third day of strike called by the Trade Union of Construction and Allied Workers( Suntracs ). , " Both from the Board of the ACP and the of the Canal Administration, we call for work on site  to be  reactivated as soon as possible to avoid serious damageto Panama said Jorge Luis Quijano, ACP  administrator .

 The ACP said that after a strike in 2012 reached an agreement granting a salary increase of 15 % for skilled workers and 12.5 % for the unskilled .

He added that the economic impact of that agreement assimilated by the ACP will reach about $35 million.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on May 07, 2014, 06:13:11 AM
Strike threatens Canal expansion deadline............C.C.13


AS THE TUMULT of Panama’s election campaign moves to become part of history, the ongoing problems of the Canal expansion project and its effect on the economy are moving back into focus.
The strike called by construction workers is having a strong impact on the country's largest infrastructure.

The strike began on April 23 , as  the National Trade Union of Construction and Allied Workers (Suntracs ) tput pressure on employers to meet their requirements in the collective bargaining agreement for the period 2014-2017.

On Tuesday , May 6, as the strike moved completed its 14th day The administrator of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP ), Jorge Luis Quijano acknowledged the impact on both the future income of the waterway and the delay in the execution of the work.

"The contractor has told us that it is going to impact them in time and are going to claim the costs of this. We'll see if it has merit or not, “he said.
Once the negotiation is resolved and employment rises, " I would expect that the contractor could recover some of the delay, but we have to see how long it is. If this week it is resolved in the 18 months left to finish the work could recover some of the time, but it is difficult to predict."
Wth the entry of the rainy season, the strike affects the construction of dams, concrete repairs in critical areas, the transport of aggregate to the Atlantic, which can delay the placement of concrete in critical areas say sources familiar with the project.

The effect of the strike, who yesterday completed its thirteenth day , adds to the delay caused by the crisis at the beginning of the year between the ACP and Grupo Unidos por el Canal ( GUPC ) contractor in charge of the third set of locks, the major expansion program work.

At that time, the lack of liquidity led consortium that the pace of activity is gradually reduced until complete standstill for 15 days.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on June 08, 2014, 08:36:51 AM
Maersk opts for Nicaraguan canal.............C.C.13


MAERSK, the world’s biggest shipping company has come down on the side of a Nicaraguan Canal as even with its expansion the Panama Canal, cannot handle the new giant ships.

The Panama route will not take the latest  large carriers already in service. The continuing evolution of maritime transport towards ever larger ships is the main reason that Maersk shipping line sees the mega project as a real option for the future.

Commercial validation of the Grand Canal of Nicaragua project has been underpinned by the opinions expressed by the Head of Daily Operations at Maersk Line, Keith Svendsen, who told Shippingwatch.com that while the Panama Canal expansion will allow the passage of much larger vessels than at present, the maximum length that will be admitted is 336 meters, while the Triple-E series used by the leading global shipping company, now measures 400 meters.
And this trend of increasing the size of cargo ships will carry on, which would give an advantage to Grand Canal of Nicaragua, compared to the expanded Panama Canal.

The Grand Canal of Nicaragua is still a long way from being confirmed as a feasible project but the view of this company, which could be one of its major customers, lends it strong support says CentralAmericaData


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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on July 11, 2014, 03:30:32 PM
Cruise ship arrivals in Panama up 5.7% ..............C.C.13



CRUISE ship arrivals in Panama increased 5.7% in the first five months of the year with 215,581 cruise tourists, generating $27 million in revenue.

The Panama Tourism Authority notes that in the first five months of the year, "... an average of 45,000 monthly cruise passengers disembarked at the port at the edge of the city of Colon and in the port in Amador on the Pacific entrance to the Canal."


The statistics of the Comptroller General of  reported that "... the number of cruise passengers entering, had a substantial increase, of 14,000 passengers up to April 2014, compared with the same period last year."

Cruise passengers spend the most out of all tourists who visit Panama. According to estimates by the Florida Caribbean Cruises Association , FCCA, "... A passenger who disembarks at a Caribbean port spends an average of $125."

Panamaamerica.com.pa reports that "... for the 2014-2015 season the arrival of 100 vessels are expected in the ports of Colon 2000 and at Gatun Lake in the Panama Canal."Cruise ship arrivals in Panama up 5.7%



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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on July 20, 2014, 07:33:23 AM
Lock gates for canal expansion on the move...........C.C.13.


THE GIANT gates for the new locks at the Atlantic end of the Panama Canal began moving on Saturday, July 19 from Fort Davis dock, where they are being stored, to the expansion site.
The consortium GUPC which began transporting the gates emphasized that "so far it has met with all of its obligations arising from the agreement of understanding signed last March with the Panama Canal Authority."

 The gates of the third set of locks for the Panama Canal will be sliding instead of hinged.
"This technology makes future maintenance easier and makes the process of opening and closing the gates between four and five minutes," said GUPC.
Administrator Jorge Luis Quijano said that moving the lock gates is "a very important operation."


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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on July 27, 2014, 08:08:38 AM
Panama Canal expansion tour and more................C.C.13


SIX OF THE EIGHT giant 3000 ton lock gates to be used in the Atlantic end of the Panama Canal  expansion project have been moved from the specially built unloading dock to the area where they will be installed into channels to performing their “rolling gates” function.

As the project moves closer to completion, opportunities to see the work in progress before the site is ready for flooding, are getting fewer which is why the CanadaPLUS Club has added an expansion tour to its upcoming events.

The visit will be on Saturday August 16. Participants will travel by bus, leaving from Parque Urraca at 9.30 am, and will receive a box lunch and liquid refreshments. The trip will also include a visit to the cost is $25 for members, $30 nonmembers ( plus $5 [entrance payable at the site for those with residence status For reservations call 6619-6890, or email clubcanadaplus @gmail.com. Your tickets will be delivered to your home or office in Panama CIty



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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on August 02, 2014, 06:56:56 AM
Canal authority,expansion consortium, ink deal...........C.C.13



THE PANAMA CANAL Authority (ACP) and the international cosortium GUPC, after months of brinksmanship, signed an agreement on Friday August 1  that formalizes a deal reached in March for the completion of the third set of locks.

"Now what remains is to continue to work within the agreement to finish the project," said ACP Administrator Jorge Luis Quijano.

The lock project, the largest component of the expansion, is 73 percent complete. The overall project is 78% complete.

GUPC consists of the companies Sacyr Vallehermoso (Spain), Impregilo (Italy), Jan de Nul (Belgium) and CUSA (Panama).

The agreement does not address the cost overruns the consortium has experienced. These claims must be managed according to the mechanisms established in the contract.

"GUPC expects this collaboration with the ACP will be fruitful and lead successfully to the completion of the works on time” says a GUPC staterment.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on August 15, 2014, 02:18:11 PM
100 yrs anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal............C.C.13
http://micanaldepanama.com/centennial/


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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on August 16, 2014, 07:20:17 AM
China expanding interest in Panama Canal...........C.C.13


 CHINA has its eyes not only on a Nicaraguan Canal, but also on the construction of a fourth set of locks in the Panama Canal.
The news comes from the British magazine The Economist, in an article taking stock of the first 100 years of the waterway and what the future holds.

The magazine say that the Chinese will participate in future water interconnections in the isthmus. and not just through Nicaragua.
It describes the construction of a canal in the neighboring country -project driven by Hong Kong tycoon, Wang Jing, as a "quixotic dream" but considers "intriguing" offer of state-owned China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) to build and fund a fourth set of locks for Panama,
A delegation led by President of CHEC, Mo Wenhe, conveyed his interest to Jorge Quijano, administrator of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), during a meeting on August 8 just week
"We are exploring participation in all projects of the Canal, especially in the design, construction and financing of a fourth set of locks," said Wenhe, and reported in the internet page of the ACP micanaldepanama.com.
Wenhe also announced it will soon set up its regional headquarters in Panama. Wei Wang Hua, representative of the Office of Business Development for China in Panama was also at the meeting.
Panama has no diplomatic relations with China, Former president Ricardo Martinelli plumped instead for Taiwan, which rewarded Panam with a $22 million presidential plane.
The Economist notes that the ACP faces more challenges including the delayed current expansion, which includes the third set of locks-delayed by at least a year and growing competition from Suez, which has also announced an improvement plan - and within the United States.
As an example of this last point, sending container from Shanghai to New York, across the Canal, takes 26 days; but if the merchandise is shipped by boat to California and completes the trip to New York by train completes, it takes 21 days
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on August 18, 2014, 06:06:34 PM
Another set of gates en route for Canal expansion...............C.C.13

IN THE EARLY HOURS of Sunday August 17, the ship Sun Rise sailed from Italy on a 30 day voyage to Panama ,carrying the third shipment of four gates for the expansion of the Panama Canal.

Each gate ways over 3000 tons and stands 30 meters high.
With this shipment, 12 of the 16 gates that will be used for the third set of locks will have been sent to Panama. The remaining gates will be delivered by February 2015 says a statement from the Canal Authority ACP,
The expansion project is forecast to be completed by the end of 2015.

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on August 25, 2014, 07:24:33 AM
Work on third Canal bridge moving ahead............c.c.13


WORK ON the third bridge over the Panama Canal, is advancing and if goes according to plan it will be completed at about the time that the third set of locks for the Canal expansion start receiving ships at the Atlantic end.

The project in Baja Colon, was 12% completed on June 30 and, according to the schedule, construction should end in 2016.
The infrastructure is managed by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) as part of the commitment made in 2006 when the third set of locks was approved.
The construction of the cable-stayed bridge, similar to Centennial Bridge was awarded to the Vinci Construction Grands Projets consortium for $365.9 million.
The reinforced concrete structure, supported by cables, will be 4605 meters, including facilities, according to the report released by the ACP, reports La Prensa.
Since the Canal  began operating in 1914, cars with  loads  beloe 20 tons have had to travel on the structure of the Gatun locks, but the traffic stops when ships pass through.
Thirteen districts with a population of 80,000 will benefit from the new bridge.
The construction project is in compliance with the commitment made by the ACP to provide a permanent crossing in that sector (bridge or tunnel), as part of the proposed construction of the third set of locks.
The design of the bridge began in June 2011 and was awarded to the American Chinese group China Communications Construction Company / Louis Berger Group.
Subsequently, the ACP issued a tender for the construction, which was awarded in 2012 to Vinci Construction Grands Projets group the work to be completed in July 2016.
The main bridge will be 1.050 meters long, including the main light of 530 meters while the viaducts (elevated pillars segments) will be 1,125 and 906 meters in the east and west respectively. The access roads are included.
"Currently both concrete plants (east and west) are underway and producing concrete for the main bridge piles," says the report.
If delays do not occur the residents of the Costa Abajo de Colon, may transit the bridge almost at par with the commencement of operations of the third set of locks. ( 73% complete).


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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on August 29, 2014, 09:31:03 AM
One dead, one injured at Canal expansion.........C.C.13


ONE MAN was killed and another injured at the Canal expansion site in Colon on Thursday August 28. It was the third death at the  Atlantic site since 2009.

The deceased worker was identified as Edward Wright, a native of the province of Bocas del Toro.

 The accident occurred when a slab of concrete that had been suspended about 10 meters in height fell.

 Union leader Esteban Sugaste confirmed the name of the injured  man was Joel Solís. He was taken to the Manuel Amador Guerrero Hospital. The union leader was critical of a lack of safety measures at the site.

 This was  the ninth death of a Panama construction worker this year.One dead, one injured at Canal expansion
ONE MAN was killed and another injured at the Canal expansion site in Colon on Thursday August 28. It was the third death at the Atlantic site since 2009.
The deceased worker was identified as Edward Wright, a native of the province of Bocas del Toro.
 The accident occurred when a slab of concrete that had been suspended about 10 meters in height fell.
 Union leader Esteban Sugaste confirmed the name of the injured man was Joel Solís. He was taken to the Manuel Amador Guerrero Hospital. The union leader was critical of a lack of safety measures at the site.
 This was the ninth death of a Panama construction worker this year.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: BillB48 on September 02, 2014, 04:46:52 AM
Here is a flyover of the West side of Miraflores Locks in the "dry".....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWnxMrdEl48&list=UUziREKwhu2KgoDVNlRrfMBw
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on September 02, 2014, 05:47:51 PM
THANKS BILL, I REALLY ENJOYED THAT............C.C.13
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on October 22, 2014, 06:31:31 PM
ONE NEW GATE BEING DELIVERED TODAY.........C.C.13


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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: BillB48 on October 26, 2014, 06:26:42 AM
A few pics not from the webcam...

1. Leaving lower level Miraflores
2. Clearing approach wall Miraflores
3. In the channel headed towards Balboa with the Bridge of Americas in the background

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on October 26, 2014, 11:38:12 AM
GREAT PICTURES BILL, THANKS FOR SHARING.........C.C.13   :coolphotos: thumbup
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on October 29, 2014, 06:03:18 PM
ANOTHER NEW GATE TODAY..........

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on November 13, 2014, 08:08:27 AM
Last gates for canal expansion arrive.........C.C.13



THE LAST four lock gates for the completion of the Panama Canal expansion, running a year late late, arrived Wednesday. November 13 country from Italy. President of Juan Carlos Varela, was there to receive the giant structures structures.

 "Today is a historic day when we not only receive the gates but we get closer to this new era of our expanded Canal which will bring better days for all Panamanians," Varela said.
With this shipment from Trieste the delivery of all 16 gates, made in Italy by the company Cimolai, to be used in the new Panama Canal locks are completed.
"This is an important milestone because it is the last of the most critical components of the project and once installed all gates will fill the locks with water and we will begin testing" the new channel, said Canal Authority administrator Jorge Quijano.
The Panama route, through which passes 5% of world sea trade is being expanded for vessels up to 14,000 containers, triple the capacity of those which can now pass through the canal.
The work, estimated at $5,250 million, involves the construction of a third set of locks for Panamax vessels, equivalent to four football fields, to cross the 80 kilometers waterway.....

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on December 28, 2014, 10:08:26 AM
Canal workers strike to continue.......C.C.13


STRIKING workers of the Panama Canal expansion  project have announced the continuation of the strike that they launched earlier in the week.

It is a second Christmas week blow to the Canal Authority (ACP) after being hit with a demand for massive cost overruns by GUPC, the construction conglomerate already way behind schedule.
The strike news was announced at a Saturday, December 27, press conference by members of the National Union of Construction and Associated Workers
It represents 1,000 workers at the Pacific Access Project.
Spokesmen for the union said that they have been barred entry to the project.

The works are conducted by the consortium of Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas, SA (FCC), with 43%; Civil Engineers Associates, Inc. de C.V. (ICA), with 43% and Meco, SA (MECO), with 14%.
Last week the leader of Untraics, Abelardo Herrera said it has also called for the dismissal of some foreign foremen, who have exceeded their functions The strike occurred in the fourth phase of the dry excavation of enlargement, located in the Pacific sector of the waterway.
Samuel Rivera Secretary General of the Ministry of Labor, said that the institution is continuing to mediate between the parties reports  La Prensa.             

"Mitradel has been mediating from the outset and invites the parties to continue the dialogue. The 5000 workers in the other works are laboring normally," he said.


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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on December 31, 2014, 12:25:54 PM
Canal tugs and ACP in push-pull dispute...............C.C.13

TUG BOAT  Captains and deck officers who play  a key role in moving  ships through the Panama Canal are engaged in another push and pull dispute with the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) over their demand  to be recognized as a union.

Currently tugboats assist ships during their transit through the Canal, mainly in the inputs and outputs of the locks and during their passage through the Gaillard Cut, where greater maneuverability and power is needed.

The  240 people who ensure the safe passage of ships are promoting the creation of a union or "exclusive representative" allowing them to negotiate a collective agreement with management.

With the new locks, tugs will be responsible for guiding ships into and through the locks.

"We are guarantors of security in the Canal and the new locks come to play a more important role because now we have to make full transit of the ship in the lock," says Francisco Crespo Mendez, general secretary of the Union of Captains and Deck Officers (UCOC).

With the current system, the job of guiding the ship is done by  locomotives that run on rails placed on one side of the locks.

With the third set of locks, possibly in operation  early 2016, tugs must drive the boats through the locks Their  size may be up to three times that of panamax, vessels currently transiting the Canal.

Masters and officers are concerned reports La Prensa  because they feel they have not  been given adequate training to meet the new operations and have not  been include din any technical committee discussing operations of the new locks. "It's an exclusive administration," says one of the leader of UCOC.

The Canal administration says that in addition to simulators, it plans to charter a post-panamax ship  to complement the training of pilots and tug captains who will be involved in the operation and technical considerations of the new locks. The vessel will be used several months before the opening of the expanded Canal for live  testing

Panamanian law allows the creation of unions within the Canal but prohibits strikes. UCOC leaders say they will continue the struggle for the creation of a union.

They call for   exclusive representation because, they say, they are the masters and officers who must discuss the issues that affect them as technical operators.

The tugboat captains and officers previously belonged to another organization of Canal workers and, as a first step to becoming a union, 10 years ago requested the creation of a bargaining unit that would allow them to have a union to discuss labor issues directly with the administration and not through other unions.

The first attempt was in 2003 when the organization asked the Labor Relations Board (JRL)  certification of a new bargaining unit. Two years later the JRL denied the request.

The organization of went to the Supreme Court, which, in   2008 reversed the JRL Again captains and deck officers asked the JRL for the bargaining unit.

This time the JRL not only recognized the UCOC as a trade union, but also issued certification.

"The issue is sensitive because the rights to unionize derived from the Constitution," says UCOC’s  Crespo Mendez.

Crespo cites Article 95 of the Basic Law of the ACP, which states that a worker belonging to a bargaining unit shall have the right to form, join or participate freely in a union, or refrain from it, and in any case be protected in the exercise of its right.

Over 90% of the Canal’s 9,900 workforce, is bonded in six bargaining units represented by 12 unions.

The ACP Management recognizes that the decision of the Supreme Court decision that the captains may have a bargaining unit, but says they   are not authorized to create a union. Administrator, Jorge Luis Quijano ,says the only unions that can exist are those that were in effect until 1999. "Let us be clear, that's what it is. The JRL was never given the ability to decide on a union, "he said.Canal tugs and ACP in  push-pull dispute

THE TUG BOAT  Captains and deck officers who play  a key role in moving  ships through the Panama Canal are engaged in another push and pull dispute with the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) over their demand  to be recognized as a union.

Currently tugboats assist ships during their transit through the Canal, mainly in the inputs and outputs of the locks and during their passage through the Gaillard Cut, where greater maneuverability and power is needed.

The  240 people who ensure the safe passage of ships are promoting the creation of a union or "exclusive representative" allowing them to negotiate a collective agreement with management.

With the new locks, tugs will be responsible for guiding ships into and through the locks.

"We are guarantors of security in the Canal and the new locks come to play a more important role because now we have to make full transit of the ship in the lock," says Francisco Crespo Mendez, general secretary of the Union of Captains and Deck Officers (UCOC).

With the current system, the job of guiding the ship is done by  locomotives that run on rails placed on one side of the locks.

With the third set of locks, possibly in operation  early 2016, tugs must drive the boats through the locks Their  size may be up to three times that of panamax, vessels currently transiting the Canal.

Masters and officers are concerned reports La Prensa  because they feel they have not  been given adequate training to meet the new operations and have not  been include din any technical committee discussing operations of the new locks. "It's an exclusive administration," says one of the leader of UCOC.

The Canal administration says that in addition to simulators, it plans to charter a post-panamax ship  to complement the training of pilots and tug captains who will be involved in the operation and technical considerations of the new locks. The vessel will be used several months before the opening of the expanded Canal for live  testing

Panamanian law allows the creation of unions within the Canal but prohibits strikes. UCOC leaders say they will continue the struggle for the creation of a union.

They call for   exclusive representation because, they say, they are the masters and officers who must discuss the issues that affect them as technical operators.

The tugboat captains and officers previously belonged to another organization of Canal workers and, as a first step to becoming a union, 10 years ago, requested the creation of a bargaining unit that would allow them to have a union to discuss labor issues directly with the administration and not through other unions.

The first attempt was in 2003 when the organization asked the Labor Relations Board (JRL)  certification of a new bargaining unit. Two years later the JRL denied the request.

The organization of went to the Supreme Court, which, in   2008 reversed the JRL ruling. Again captains and deck officers asked the JRL for a bargaining unit.

This time the JRL not only recognized the UCOC as a trade union, but also issued certification.

"The issue is sensitive because the rights to unionize derived from the Constitution," says UCOC’s  Crespo Mendez.

Crespo cites Article 95 of the Basic Law of the ACP, which states that a worker belonging to a bargaining unit shall have the right to form, join or participate freely in a union, or refrain from it, and in any case be protected in the exercise of its right.

Over 90% of the Canal’s 9,900 workforce, is bonded in six bargaining units represented by 12 unions.

The ACP Management recognizes that the decision of the Supreme Court decision that the captains may have a bargaining unit, but says they   are not authorized to create a union. Administrator, Jorge Luis Quijano ,says the only unions that can exist are those that were in effect until 1999. "Let us be clear, that's what it is. The JRL was never given the ability to decide on a union, "he said.Canal tugs and ACP in push-pull dispute
THE TUG BOAT Captains and deck officers who play a key role in moving ships through the Panama Canal are engaged in another push and pull dispute with the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) over their demand to be recognized as a union.
Currently tugboats assist ships during their transit through the Canal, mainly in the inputs and outputs of the locks and during their passage through the Gaillard Cut, where greater maneuverability and power is needed.
The 240 people who ensure the safe passage of ships are promoting the creation of a union or "exclusive representative" allowing them to negotiate a collective agreement with management.
With the new locks, tugs will be responsible for guiding ships into and through the locks.
"We are guarantors of security in the Canal and the new locks come to play a more important role because now we have to make full transit of the ship in the lock," says Francisco Crespo Mendez, general secretary of the Union of Captains and Deck Officers (UCOC).
With the current system, the job of guiding the ship is done by locomotives that run on rails placed on one side of the locks.
With the third set of locks, possibly in operation early 2016, tugs must drive the boats through the locks Their size may be up to three times that of panamax, vessels currently transiting the Canal.
Masters and officers are concerned reports La Prensa because they feel they have not been given adequate training to meet the new operations and have not been include din any technical committee discussing operations of the new locks. "It's an exclusive administration," says one of the leader of UCOC.
The Canal administration says that in addition to simulators, it plans to charter a post-panamax ship to complement the training of pilots and tug captains who will be involved in the operation and technical considerations of the new locks. The vessel will be used several months before the opening of the expanded Canal for live testing
Panamanian law allows the creation of unions within the Canal but prohibits strikes. UCOC leaders say they will continue the struggle for the creation of a union.
They call for exclusive representation because, they say, they are the masters and officers who must discuss the issues that affect them as technical operators.
The tugboat captains and officers previously belonged to another organization of Canal workers and, as a first step to becoming a union, 10 years ago requested the creation of a bargaining unit that would allow them to have a union to discuss labor issues directly with the administration and not through other unions.
The first attempt was in 2003 when the organization asked the Labor Relations Board (JRL) certification of a new bargaining unit. Two years later the JRL denied the request.
The organization of went to the Supreme Court, which, in 2008 reversed the JRL Again captains and deck officers asked the JRL for the bargaining unit.
This time the JRL not only recognized the UCOC as a trade union, but also issued certification.
"The issue is sensitive because the rights to unionize derived from the Constitution," says UCOC’s Crespo Mendez.
Crespo cites Article 95 of the Basic Law of the ACP, which states that a worker belonging to a bargaining unit shall have the right to form, join or participate freely in a union, or refrain from it, and in any case be protected in the exercise of its right.
Over 90% of the Canal’s 9,900 workforce, is bonded in six bargaining units represented by 12 unions.
The ACP Management recognizes that the decision of the Supreme Court decision that the captains may have a bargaining unit, but says they are not authorized to create a union. Administrator, Jorge Luis Quijano ,says the only unions that can exist are those that were in effect until 1999. "Let us be clear, that's what it is. The JRL was never given the ability to decide on a union, "he said.

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on January 07, 2015, 09:46:55 AM
Canal Authority announces expansion tariffs .........C.C.13

THE PROPOSED tolls released Monday January 5 by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) encouragesthe use of new locks to promote economies of scale with larger vessels while lowering costs for ships with smaller loads  using the current channel

The ACP says that the new structure reduces the cost when compared with current rates approved in 2011 reports La Prensa.

Estimates of the ACP in the Master Plan, the expanded Canal could accommodate vessels of up to 13,200 TEU(The Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit  a unit of cargo capacity used for  container ships))container ships and vessels up to 170,000 DWT (Dead Weight Tonnage, with certain limited drafts

The Panama Canal Authority said that a container ship carrying 8,000 units (80 percent of its capacity) will pay $780,000 under the proposed tolls. That amount under 2011 rates was $804,000.

According to estimates of the ACP in its Master Plan, the expanded Canal could serve ships carrying up to 13,200 containers and other ships carrying as much as 170,000 tons of cargo.

"The expansion has been well received by the maritime industry, and today there are 13,200 TEU vessels that have been designed taking into account the size of the expanded Canal," says the proposal.

The impact of enlargement will be evidenced in different market segments.

The Canal expansion will allow the transit of dry bulk vessels "Capesize4" and transit of liquid bulk vessels "Suezmax5". New markets as trade in liquefied natural gas ("LNG") through the Canal will open, and location of shipments of grain, coal and iron ore in larger vessels are expected.

the ACP began its program of expansion of the Panama Canal In September 2007, which includes the construction of two new sets of locks on the Atlantic and Pacific, which will double the current capacity of Canal 600 million PC / UMS tons (universal system of tonnage Panama Canal) and transit wider and longer vessels.

The Canal expansion will accommodate vessels with a length of 1,200 feet (366 m), beam of 160 feet (49 m) and draft of 50 feet (15.24 m) in tropical freshwater

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on March 22, 2015, 11:36:00 AM
Location chosen for new bridge over canal..........C.C.13

THE FOURTH bridge over the Panama Canal will be built to the north of the Bridge of the Americas, says an inter-agency committee that is planning the project in conjunction with the building of Line 3 of the Metro.
The commission selected the location based on technical studies of the route.
President Juan Carlos Varela said that he will issue a tender within 60 days for the hiring of project managers for the bridge and the Metro reports La Prensa.
The bridge will have six lanes for traffic and two lanes for the Metro and will be an extension of the Corredor Norte.
Varela said that the implementation of Line 3 will be overseen by the Secretariat of the Metro, while the Panama Canal Authority will supervise the bridge construction.
He said all work will be done in a transparent and efficient manner.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: BillB48 on April 01, 2015, 04:33:32 AM
Found this article about expansion after the expansion... however in the article they mentioned that the opening for the expansion is April 1, 2016.  Don't think there is any April Fools going on, but that is another 3 month slip since the previous plans called for  construction to be completed  December 2015 and operations to begin January 1, 2016.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/26/us-panama-canal-idUSKBN0MM24I20150326
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on April 01, 2015, 08:52:56 AM
THANKS BILL..........C.C.13
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on April 28, 2015, 10:25:31 AM
Canal expansion bill could hit $6 billion..........C.C.13

THE PRICE TAG for the Panama Canal Expansion could reach $6 billion, almost double that of the original contract with $2.682 billion in claims for cost overruns demanded by the consortium GUPC for the design and construction of the third set of locks.

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has already disbursed $290.1 million of the claims with the work is scheduled to be finished in a few months and the project ready in early 2016. the vast majority of the claims have yet to be decided.
The majority of the complaints submitted by the contractor are in process of being evaluated by the Board of Conflict Resolution or the Court of Arbitration in Miami reports La Prensa
The consortium, comprised of Spain's Sacyr, the Italian firm Salini Impregilo, Belgian firm Jan de Nul and the Panamanian company Cusa, is scheduled to begin to flood the locks in June to start testing.
The number of claims has skyrocketed since the Consortium first began to present them in 2010. And there is also a discrepancy of $16 million in what GUPC says it has submitted and what the ACP says it has received.
But that $16 million is a drop in the bucket compared to the total amount says La Prensa.
Independent expert DLF Associate has estimated that the consortium will recover $1.398 billion dollars, more than half of the request so far.
The ACP paid the $233 million in December 2013, but on Jan. 20, 2014, it sent a note of disagreement and warned that it would take the case to arbitration.
The ACP based its decision on the fact that one of the three members of the board did not agree that the ACP owed that much.
The largest claim, for nearly $900 million, claims the extra cost was due to the "delay, and disruption of the work" by the ACP.
ACP Administrator Jorge Luis Quijano recently reported that the administration is hoping to receive a more detailed breakdown.
"So far it's like a smoothie, where there is a mixture, but we need the details," Quijano said.
The ACP has also paid the consortium more than $352 million for price increases in materials, as stated in the contract. With the outstanding claims, the price tag for the locks could reach $6 billion, almost twice the amount of the original contract.


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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on April 29, 2015, 10:38:21 AM
Last of Canal expansion lock gates in place..........C.C.13



THE LAST of the 16 giant “sliding” lock gates for the Panama Canal expansion was installed successfully on Tuesday April 28 on the Pacific side.

The gate 57.6 meters long  gate is located at the southern end of the new locks.It is  10 meters wide,33 meters high and and weighs 50 tons.
The gates were manufactured in Italy and were brought to Panama from Trieste in four deliveries that began on Aug. 20, 2013. Each delivery involved a thirty day crossing
Now that the gates have been installed, the GUPC consortium contractor  will begin flooding the chambers to see if they are ready for testing. The project is almost 90 percent complete.

When the news locks are operational,  post Panamax vessels, equivalent in size to four football fields, twill be able to cross the 80 kilometers waterway.

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: BillB48 on June 12, 2015, 04:44:06 AM
To begin testing of the Agua Clara Locks on the Atlantic side, water was admitted into the locks for the first time yesterday (Thurs. June 11).  The linked video is in Spanish but the pictures can tell enough. They are discussing the testing of the rolling gates, valves and the actual timing of their operation.  It will take about 5 days so get sufficient water in the lower level where testing will begin.  The Coccoli Locks on the Pacific side won't be ready for water until later on in the year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt06kY6l6Vg
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on June 12, 2015, 05:18:13 PM
THANKS BILL, GREAT VIDEO..EVEN THOUGH IT WASN'T IN ENGLISH I STILL ENJOYED IT......C.C.13.... :thanx:
NICE TO HEAR FROM YOU........
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: BillB48 on June 25, 2015, 04:38:01 AM
Lots going on at the "Big Ditch" this week... Linked article has some pics of the filling of the Pacific Locks, Cocoli Locks (locks are off in the background) and the first test operation of the rolling gates on the Atlantic side, Agua Clara Locks.  The second link will take you to a short video of the test operation of the rolling gate at Agua Clara Locks.

http://gcaptain.com/panama-begins-testing-new-locks-in-expanded-canal-spotd/#.VYp6-EYsHGs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URO99O8rVpc

A friend of mine who still works on the Canal said there appears to be a real effort underway to beat the previously announced April 2016 completion date.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: BillB48 on July 03, 2015, 05:01:12 AM
Things are rolling right along... pun intended ;) with the test operation of the rolling gates on the Pacific side's Cocoli Locks.  A friend of mine who still works for the Canal told me there is a huge push to open the expansion ahead of the previously announced April 1, 2016 date.

A short vid from the Canal's You Tube channel...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGlUlKd3BGg
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on August 07, 2015, 09:10:40 PM
Panama Canal to bar biggest ships because of drought effects

PANAMA CITY

The Panama Canal Authority said Friday that next month it will temporarily limit the size of ships using the waterway because drought has lowered water levels in Gatun and Alhajuela lakes.

The restriction, which is the first such hold-down because of weather in nearly 20 years, takes effect Sept. 8 and had been expected by shippers. Only a minority of ships now using the canal will be kept out, the authority said.

Rainfall over the watershed feeding the lakes at the midsection of the waterway has fallen sharply as a result of the El Nino weather phenomenon, lowering the lake levels. Similar problems occurred in 1997-98.

The authority said ships will be limited to a maximum draft of 39 feet (11.89 meters) beginning Sept. 8. It added that the limit might be further reduced to 38.5 feet (11.73 meters) on Sept. 16.

Only about five or six of the 36 ships now using the canal daily will be affected, the authority said.

Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Phil on August 09, 2015, 03:28:31 PM
Thanks Bill and Linda.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Manuela on August 28, 2015, 11:46:55 PM
A Big Crack Threatens the Panama Canal Expansion

http://gcaptain.com/a-big-crack-now-threatens-the-panama-canal-expansion-video/#.VeE0PSVVhBc

http://gcaptain.com/a-concrete-sample-was-pulled-from-the-new-panama-canal-locks-and-it-does-not-look-good/#.VeEBkiVVhBd
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Phil on September 01, 2015, 08:10:31 PM
Looking at the size of the people above this really doesn't look good....

Can someone say another delay to 2018.....

Phil
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Carolyn Jane on September 01, 2015, 11:00:03 PM
I'll second the motion...CJ
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Phil on September 04, 2015, 04:19:41 PM
Make that 2019.....

http://gcaptain.com/a-concrete-sample-was-pulled-from-the-new-panama-canal-locks-and-it-does-not-look-good/#.VeoKmfRArxB
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Carolyn Jane on September 04, 2015, 09:11:30 PM
Looks like it is going to take more than a finger in the dike...CJ
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: BillB48 on September 09, 2015, 07:20:57 AM
While the leaks on the new Pacific Locks is the 800lb gorilla in the room, other things are moving along.  The last little chunk of land is being removed allowing the Atlantic Ocean to meet the  new Atlantic Locks.  A short vid from the Canal's YouTube channel... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtx1d0k5Ipk

On the leaky side, the Canal put out a press release saying they won't know anything until they assess the report that has yet to be received from the main contractor, GUPC.  The press release... https://www.pancanal.com/eng/pr/press-releases/2015/09/07/pr558.html
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: BillB48 on October 02, 2015, 07:09:32 AM
Here is a press release from the Canal concerning the "seepage"... good news is it should not impact the April '16 opening.

Panama Canal Update on Localized Seepage

Date: 30-SEP-2015
Panama City, Panama, September 30, 2015 - As part of its ongoing evaluation and commitment to communicating updates, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced today that it has received updated information from Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A. (GUPC), the contractor responsible for the design and construction of the Third Set of Locks, regarding the localized seepage found in the concrete sill between the lower and middle chamber of the Canal's expanded Pacific Locks.

In a recent letter, GUPC wrote that the localized seepage was the result of insufficient steel reinforcement in the area which was subjected to stress from extreme condition testing. After careful examination of all the other sills in both lock complexes, GUPC stated that in addition to reinforcing the sill that presented the issue, they would also reinforce the first and second sill in the Cocoli Locks and the first three sills in the Atlantic-facing Agua Clara Locks as a preventative measure, though these sills have not presented any issue.

GUPC also verbally indicated that the completion date for the Expansion Project will remain April 2016, as planned; however, the ACP is awaiting formal confirmation from GUPC, in the form of a comprehensive report which should also include the root cause of the detected filtrations.

GUPC's contract with the ACP clearly states that the group is responsible for all corrections that may be required. The contractor has an obligation to ensure the long-term performance on all aspects of the construction of the locks and to complete the Expansion Project following the quality standards established in the contract.

As this process evolves and subsequent to our evaluation of GUPC's findings, the ACP will continue to assess the situation and communicate next steps.

About the Panama Canal
The Panama Canal is run by an autonomous agency of the Government of Panama in charge of managing, operating and maintaining the Panama Canal. The operation of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is based on its organic law and the regulations approved by its Board of Directors. For more information, please refer to the ACP's website: http://www.pancanal.com or follow us on Twitter @thepanamacanal.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on March 23, 2016, 12:49:22 PM
Panama to inaugurate expanded canal in June.........

ANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama has set a June 26 date to inaugurate an expanded canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans following a multibillion-dollar expansion.

The $5.2 billion expansion was initially slated to be concluded in October 2014. But a string of work stoppages and disputes with the Italian conglomerate behind the expansion over cost overruns has led to repeated delays.

As part of the expansion project, wider locks with mechanical gates will reduce congestion and be able accommodate post-Panamex vessels, which are as long as three football fields and have the capacity to carry about 2.5 times the number of containers than held by ships currently using the canal.

President Juan Carlos Varela's administration made the announcement Wednesday.

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Cape Cod 13 on May 04, 2016, 03:12:31 PM
102 bookings for new canal locks ......


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Linden Pride, the first commercial transit through the new locks

THE PANAMAMA Canal Authority (ACP) has already received 102 requests  for ships to use the new set of locks that will open June 27,

Among the reservations are 98 container ships, three liquefied gas carriers and a cruise ship.

The ACP has made available to customers four daily slots for post-panamax ships, in addition to the 25 spaces that are already available for vessels that can use the current locks.

Theinitial period for transit reservations is until September 30.

“We are very pleased and optimistic about the outcome of this first period of reservations” said ACP Administrator Jorge Luis Quijano.

The Authority  started taking reservations on April 18.

The Panama Canal expansion project will be inaugurated June 26, and the commercial operation will start the next day.

The first commercial transit on June 27 will be by the liquefied petroleum gas carrier Linden Pride, which is 36.6 meters wide and 230 meters long. It is owned by the Nippon Yusen Kaisha line (NYK line) and represented by the shipping agency Norton Lilly International.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Chris in Inuvik on May 07, 2016, 11:10:42 AM
Out of curiosity - is there a price difference going through the new locks?
About what does it cost for a ship to go through?
Yes, I realise this depends on the size and type of ship, but I don't think I have ever heard a reliable estimate of cost for going through the locks.

Cheers
Chris in Inuvik
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: BillB48 on May 08, 2016, 05:10:30 AM
Out of curiosity - is there a price difference going through the new locks?
About what does it cost for a ship to go through?
Yes, I realise this depends on the size and type of ship, but I don't think I have ever heard a reliable estimate of cost for going through the locks.


The Canal has changed its toll structure considerably at the beginning of April.  In short they charge more for more valuable cargoes and less for the less valuable cargoes when bulk cargoes are involved.  The easiest to show as examples would be a container ship and passenger ship both at Panamax dimensions... 965'x106'.   A container ship that size would have a capacity of around 4000 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units).  There would be a toll charge on the capacity of ship... $60x4000= 240,000, then a charge of $30 per loaded container.  If only 2000 TEUs are loaded then another 30x2000=$60,000. 

For the passenger ship of the same size there is a difference on the toll depending on which locks are used.  Ships using the present locks are charged $138 per passenger berth (occupied or not).  For the new locks the toll is $148/pass. berth.  Example... at the present locks a passenger ship with a total passenger capacity of 2500 passengers, the toll would be 2500x138=345,000.

There are substantial fees that also have to be added to the actual toll.  These would include $35,000 reservation for a transit on a specific day, $30,000 daylight transit guarantee, which most passenger ships fork over.  Throw in another $12,000 for tugs.  You can see it is very easy to get into the $400K range, of course smaller ships would be charged less.   

There are slightly lower rates for ships that are in ballast, but the toll is still based on the capacity of the ship.  In the passenger ship example above, the toll would be $111 per pass berth.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: BillB48 on May 11, 2016, 10:14:46 AM
While COSCO's Androniko has been selected for the inaugural transit on June 26th, the bulk carrier MV Baroque will be the first to try on the Atlantic Locks for size.  The Baroque is scheduled to arrive at the Atlantic entrance early in June for a series of "dry" runs through the Agua Clara Locks. 

http://splash247.com/bunker-to-conduct-trial-runs-at-panama-canals-new-locks-early-june/
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Carolyn Jane on May 30, 2016, 07:17:36 PM
Miraflores Wall collapse?  Anyone know more?

https://www.yahoo.com/news/panama-canal-traffic-normal-despite-lock-wall-collapse-195808133.html

CJ
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: BillB48 on May 31, 2016, 03:26:04 PM
It's a small section of the southeast wing wall at Miraflores Locks.

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: BillB48 on June 01, 2016, 04:53:36 AM
Didn't have time to post these yesterday, but in the first picture you can see the aggrieved wall in better days at the far right of the picture.  The next pic can give you an idea of the amount of prop wash that area is subjected to from the tugs assisting ships into the locks.  The tug is just a little upstream of the now collapsed wall.

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: BillB48 on June 10, 2016, 04:16:53 AM
The first lockage at the Agua Clara Locks with a neo Panamax ship yesterday, June 9.  They locked the ship up into the Gatun Lake anchorage, suppose they will have a go at the down lockage today.

http://gcaptain.com/photos-first-ship-passes-through-new-panama-canal-locks/
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: BillB48 on June 12, 2016, 04:25:03 AM
The Andronikos will not be the ship for the inaugural transit... it will however be the same ship! The name of the Andronikos has been changed to Cosco Shipping Panama. The CSP recently sailed from Greece for Panama after a ceremony which included the Canal's administrator Jorge Quijano.
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: BillB48 on June 21, 2016, 03:15:49 PM
Trial lockages have been underway at the Agua Clara Locks since the bulker MV Baroque arrived in Panama earlier this month.   For reference the ship starts in Gatun Lake, locks down Agua Clara to Limon Bay where it turns around and locks back up to Gatun Lake.   Link is from the FB page of the Canal's Administrator...


https://www.facebook.com/ingjorgequijano/videos/1630745197170037/

Yesterday trial lockages at the Cocoli Locks on the Pacific side were made by the Canal's crane boat Oceanus.  The ACP's engineer in charge of the Canal expansion, Ilya R de Marotta  provided the following the following video from her FB page.

https://www.facebook.com/ilya.demarotta/videos/10154124192405042/

While it may seem a very straight forward operation there actually is unstated symbolism in the choice of vessels.  The actual first transit of the Panama Canal was accomplished by the Crane Boat Alexandre LaValle in January of 1914.  The LaValle's transit was not a traditional transit starting and finishing the same day, rather the vessel had worked its way through the Canal during the construction ultimately passing through Miraflores Locks making the first ocean to ocean transit of the Canal.  The LaValle was actually one of the few pieces of equipment that was used in the French attempt to build the Canal and also used during the US's construction effort from 1904-1914.  Perhaps a tribute to the French effort.

Fast forward another 100 years and examine the Crane Boat Oceanus...  She was built in Mississippi and delivered to the US administered Panama Canal Commission in 1996 and is still in service with the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) which is the autonomous government agency of Panama that operates the Canal.  The Oceanus a former US vessel reaches the Pacific via the new Cocoli Locks much the same way the former French vessel reached the Pacific via Miraflores Locks in 1914.   


Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: BillB48 on June 24, 2016, 02:51:36 PM
Ilya Marotta supplied another video of a test lockage of the Cocoli Locks.  This time they used a Panamax ship the Cosco Houston 856'x106'.  I believe the ship locked up at Gatun, the video picks up around Barro Colorado and ends as the ship leaves the Cocoli Locks.

https://www.facebook.com/ilya.demarotta/videos/10154132095630042/
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: BillB48 on June 26, 2016, 07:12:30 PM
From Today at Agua Clara, the Cosco Shipping Panama and the toll was $586,000...


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Just having left the Cut in the Access Channel headed towards Cocoli Locks...

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Phil on July 26, 2016, 04:04:58 PM
Things don't look good so far.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-36891142
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: BillB48 on July 28, 2016, 07:48:00 AM
The allision occurred on the south end of Agua Clara Locks, which is the Gatun Lake entrance without an approach wall.  So as it stands now, Cosco Shipping has had the first ship to transit the expanded portion of the Canal and they also have the first ship to holed in the expansion as well.  I don't think they are thrilled with the second "honor."  gCapatain has a picture of the damage to the ship.

http://gcaptain.com/containership-damaged-in-panama-canals-new-locks/

Below is what I found somewhere else...

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Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: BillB48 on August 13, 2016, 06:20:29 AM
 The article from gCaptain contains a time compressed video shot from a drone of a large container ship entering the south end of Agua Clara Locks.  The video comes from the Canal's Administrator Jorge Quijano.

http://gcaptain.com/watch-drone-video-shows-how-giant-containerships-enter-panama-canals-new-locks/
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: Phil on August 14, 2016, 07:38:34 PM
Bill,

Thanks for this.

I do believe we will see locomotives down the road.

I have seen on CNN and a few other news places that the USA can now ship LNG from the East Coast of the USA to the western part of South America for cheaper than China.
I am not sure I want to see large CNG ships (or be near) go through the new locks and get "holed", mind you it would likely only happen once.  >:D

Phil
Title: Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
Post by: BillB48 on August 15, 2016, 04:59:16 AM
There has been one school of thought that locomotives were needed to begin with... of course that school did not win!  However even if the need for locos demonstrated to absolutely essential for a safer, smoother operation, I think it will be unlikely that they would be added, a real uphill battle.  Of course this is nothing but my opinion, but there is a large element of the Canal administration that wants to put their own stamp on the Canal and not do things as the "previous administration" did.  Then that would provide all those doubting Thomases (guess in Panama that would Tomas ;)) too much fodder for I told you so!  Lots of egos to be bruised.

On the practical side I am sure money is an issue since they are arguing with the contract consortium about a $1 billion plus cost overrun... no telling how that will shake out.  The last I knew each loco was over $2 million a piece, probably need around 20 at each locks, the cost of the track system... it will add up fast.  Then you have the tugs they purchased for the handling of ships at the new locks, that was 14 tugs at $12 million a pop.  Of course they could be used elsewhere on the Canal as they had been before the new locks were opened.

And I think I will plan my visit to the new and improved locks on days when an LNG ship won't be there!!!