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New study raises safety concerns over new Panama Canal locks

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An independent safety study into the Panama Canal expansion, which was commissioned by the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and released this morning at a press conference in Panama City, has raised pressing concerns about the canal’s new locks.

The ITF commissioned the study, which was carried out [...]

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Un nuevo estudio suscita preocupación por la seguridad de las nuevas esclusas del canal de Panamá

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Un nuevo estudio independiente sobre la seguridad de la ampliación del canal de Panamá, —encargado por la Federación Internacional de los Trabajadores del Transporte (ITF) y que se acaba de hacer público esta mañana en una conferencia de prensa celebrada en la ciudad de Panamá—, suscita una apremiante [...]

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Panama Canal Authority takes reservations for expanded locks

Expanded Panama Canal locks to open in June 2016

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The Panama Canal Authority has started taking reservations for transit through the canal’s new wider, deeper locks, which are slated to open June 27.

Many of today’s oceangoing vessels are too big to fit through the 100-year-old waterway’s locks, [...]

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Delay of the Panama Canal expansion could last 6 months

The inauguration of the Panama Canal expansion will be delayed for six months if the ACP, the public entity administering the interocean waterway, does not make more flexible its bureaucratic and payment procedures, Giuseppe Quarta, the director of GUPC, the consortium that is handling the project, said Wednesday.

“We … (can) deliver the project” by [...]

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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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Uncertain opening date of Panama Canal expansion

Next week investors and builders will define if filtrations in some chambers of the Panama Canal expansion would compromise its commercial opening in April, 2016, it was announced here.

The work is 95 percent done, but fissures detected in the armed concrete floor of the new canal locks, last August, allow water to leak through, [...]

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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 Canal gets US grant for LNG terminal study

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has announced it has been awarded a grant by the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to support the planning for a LNG import terminal.

When the Panama Canal expansion project is completed next year, the Canal is expected to handle significant LNG tanker traffic. In order to capitalise on [...]

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Panama Council approves new canal tolls

The Cabinet Council of the Republic of Panama has officially approved a proposal to modify the Canal tolls structure, following a recommendation from the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Board of Directors.

Most segments will now be priced based upon different units of measurement to meet and align with the diverse traffic transiting the locks. For [...]

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Panama Canal Authority to fight $233M arbitration award

The Panama Canal Authority, known as the ACP, will challenge an arbitrator’s finding that it must pay $233 million to the consortium at work on the expansion of the inter-oceanic waterway, a senior administrator told Efe Thursday.

The Dispute Adjudication Board, the second level of arbitration established to solve contractual disputes between the ACP and [...]

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Panama Canal answers Nicaragua project with reduced tolls and a loyalty scheme

Competition for container shipping in the Americas is gearing up as the Nicaragua canal project formally got under way last month.

However, almost in response, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced approval for the construction of a new container terminal and a reduced toll structure for liner operators next year.

ACP announced the toll levels [...]

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La ITF critica severamente el ataque a un sindicato por parte de la Autoridad del Canal de Panamá

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La ITF (Federación Internacional de los Trabajadores del Transporte) ha tachado hoy de ataque público a los sindicatos la conducta de la Autoridad del Canal de Panamá (ACP), que infringe claramente los acuerdos internacionales del país.

La federación sindical mundial ha condenado el hecho de que la ACP intentara, a través [...]

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Unions accuse Panama Canal of unsafe working conditions

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The International Transport Workers’ Federation and four Panamanian unions have accused the Panama Canal Authority of ongoing failure to provide decent pay and safe working conditions for more than 9,000 affiliated maritime workers in the canal zone.

Representatives from four Panamanian unions, accompanied by [...]

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Arbitration on Panama Canal dispute to begin in Miami

GUPC — which includes Sacyr Vallehermoso (Spain), Salini Impregilo (Italy), Jan del Nul Group (Belgium) and Constructora Urbana (Panama) — walked off the job for two weeks in February after several weeks of negotiations failed.

Arbitration of the first claim in a $1.6 billion dispute over cost overruns in the expansion of the Panama Canal [...]

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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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