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Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
« Reply #150 on: September 02, 2014, 05:47:51 PM »
THANKS BILL, I REALLY ENJOYED THAT............C.C.13

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Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
« Reply #151 on: October 22, 2014, 06:31:31 PM »
ONE NEW GATE BEING DELIVERED TODAY.........C.C.13












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« Reply #152 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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Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
« Reply #153 on: October 26, 2014, 11:38:12 AM »
GREAT PICTURES BILL, THANKS FOR SHARING.........C.C.13   :coolphotos: thumbup

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Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
« Reply #154 on: October 29, 2014, 06:03:18 PM »
ANOTHER NEW GATE TODAY..........












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Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
« Reply #155 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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Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
« Reply #156 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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Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
« Reply #157 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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Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
« Reply #158 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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Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
« Reply #159 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.

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« Reply #160 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

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« Reply #161 on: April 01, 2015, 08:52:56 AM »
THANKS BILL..........C.C.13

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« Reply #162 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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Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
« Reply #163 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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« Reply #164 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

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