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Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
« Reply #165 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........

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Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
« Reply #166 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.

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« Reply #166 on: June 25, 2015, 04:38:01 AM »

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Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
« Reply #167 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

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Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
« Reply #168 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.


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Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
« Reply #169 on: August 09, 2015, 03:28:31 PM »
Thanks Bill and Linda.

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Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
« Reply #171 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.....

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« Reply #172 on: September 01, 2015, 11:00:03 PM »
I'll second the motion...CJ

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Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
« Reply #174 on: September 04, 2015, 09:11:30 PM »
Looks like it is going to take more than a finger in the dike...CJ

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Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
« Reply #175 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

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Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
« Reply #176 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.

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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.

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Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
« Reply #177 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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Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
« Reply #178 on: May 04, 2016, 03:12:31 PM »
102 bookings for new canal locks ......




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.

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Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
« Reply #179 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.

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Re: PANAMA CANAL NEWS
« Reply #179 on: May 07, 2016, 11:10:42 AM »