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Panama Canal Authority: Climate change threatening future Canal expansion

From the Latin American Herald Tribune:

The projections prepared by the Panama Canal regarding international trade demonstrate the need, within 15 years or less, for a second expansion of the waterway, but climate change appears to present an obstacle to those plans due to its effect on water sources.

“A fourth set of locks without […]

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China state firms eye land around Panama Canal: waterway authority

Chinese state firms have expressed an interest to develop land around the Panama Canal, the chief executive of the vital trade thoroughfare said, underlining China’s outward push into infrastructure via railways and ports around the world.

The Panama Canal Authority will officially open a tender to develop about 1,200 hectares of land – roughly the […]

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Panama Canal lock structure collapses; operations reported to be normal

A section of the 1913 Miraflores locks in Panama collapsed May 29, 2016

Translated from TVN Noticias:

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced on Sunday the collapse of a section of the Miraflores Locks on the Pacific side, without causing disruptions or damages the functioning of the track.

It is the collapse of a […]

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Inauguration of expanded Panama Canal to be delayed, administrator says

The inauguration of an expanded Panama Canal, previously scheduled for April, will be postponed due to cracks detected in the new set of locks that are the centerpiece of the $5.25 billion overhaul, the interoceanic waterway’s chief administrator said Friday.

Panama Canal Authority, or ACP, head Jorge Quijano said the agency was still planning for […]

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Leaky locks may further delay $5.3 billion Panama Canal widening

Leaks appeared during testing in August.

The April opening of Panama’s $5.3 billion expanded canal, originally set for 2014, could be delayed further depending on repairs to leaks discovered in the new locks during testing as the waterway ends a year of record shipments, administrator Jorge Quijano said.

The contractor building the new locks […]

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Panama Canal sets cargo limits on ships due to drought

Ships will be forced to reduce their cargo because the maximum allowable draft will be set at 11.89 meters (39 feet), down from the current level of 12.04 meters (39.5 feet). A similar measure was adopted in 1998, also because of a severe drought affecting the Central American country, the ACP said. BBC photo

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Panama pilots in talks with canal over safety issues

The Panama Canal Pilots Union, which is in negotiations for a new five-year contract, said it was encouraged by statements made by Panama Canal Authority CEO Jorge Quijano at the 15th annual TPM Conference here Tuesday.

The union, which is affiliated with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, has expressed concern about two safety issues […]

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Panama Canal chief says ship sizes could be restricted if drought continues

The head of the Panama Canal Authority says officials might be forced to limit the draft of ships by the end of this year or early in 2015 if a drought continues and lowers the level of lakes that feed the waterway’s locks.

Jorge Luis Quintano tells Panama’s Channel 2 television station that unusually light […]

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Panama Canal chief says new locks operational by January, 2016

The Panama Canal’s new set of locks will be operational by the January, 2016 deadline, the canal’s chief said on Tuesday, after fears that a recent labor strike could have further delayed the project.

Quijano said there could still be some work outstanding, but the new locks will be ready for use.

The expansion was […]

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Evergreen shipper alarms Panama by moving through Suez instead

From Prensa Latina:

The Chinese company Evergreen Marine, a Panama Canal client, has triggered alarm in the isthmus after confirming that some of its ships will use the Suez Canal, due to delays in Panama’s third lock.

Panama Canal Authority Administrator Jorge Quijano, in a lecture to 450 clients of the inter-oceanic way, said a […]

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Panama Canal expects to sign deal with consortium Thursday

The Panama Canal Authority expects to formally sign a deal next week with a Spanish-led consortium to finish work on expansion of the waterway after a dispute over cost overruns held up completion, an official said on Friday.

“We expect that by Thursday we should be signing said document,” Panama Canal Administrator Jorge Quijano told […]

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Work resumes on Panama Canal, but accord remains elusive

While workers building a third set of locks for the Panama Canal were back on the job Thursday after the European-led GUPC consortium ended a 15-day shutdown, the waterway’s administrator said the parties have yet to resolve the dispute that led to the suspension.

“We cannot say that that accord will happen,” canal administrator Jorge […]

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Panama Canal sets one-week deadline for cost row deal

The Panama Canal on Wednesday set a target of no more than a week to reach a deal to jump-start a stalled multibillion-dollar expansion of the waterway amid a cost row, but its administrator said an agreement was falling into place.

Panama Canal Authority (PCA) head Jorge Quijano warned that failure to reach an agreement […]

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North Korea pays hefty fine in Panama over Cuba missile mini-crisis

The North Korean freighter Chong Chon Gang was stopped on July 10 on suspicion of carrying drugs as it tried to enter the Panama Canal. Panamanian authorities’ search uncovered 25 containers of Cuban military hardware, including two Soviet-era MiG-21 aircraft, air defense systems, missiles and command and control vehicles. More than 200,000 sacks of […]

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Panama Canal expansion works halted over costs dispute

Work that will double the capacity of the Panama Canal was halted this week. The canal authority has said it would not accept ‘blackmail’.

Work on the ambitious Panama Canal expansion project has stopped after talks broke down on how to settle a dispute over US$1.6 billion in cost over-runs.

“I don’t even want […]

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