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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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Panama Canal Authority to charter Post-Panamax ship for pilot training

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) informs it will charter a Post-Panamax vessel before the opening of the expanded Canal to be used for training pilots and tugboat captains in the Third Set of Locks.

The Executive Vice President of Operations Esteban Saenz said the vessel will be used several months before the opening of the [...]

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Panama Canal expansion consortium sign deal to end dispute

A construction industry consortium led by Spain’s Sacyr said in a statement on Friday it had signed a deal late on Thursday to complete work on the multi-billion dollar project to widen the Panama Canal, settling a long-running dispute over cost overruns.

“The consortium last night signed an agreement with the Panama Canal Authority (PCA) [...]

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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 submits proposal aimed at restarting locks project

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has submitted a new proposal to the consortium working on the inter-oceanic waterway’s third-locks project, which is currently stalled over a financial dispute.

In a brief statement, the ACP said the proposal would enable the resumption of the project, which is the centerpiece of a $5.25 billion canal expansion that [...]

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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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Talks break down in Panama Canal contract dispute

A planned extension of the Panama Canal was thrown into doubt on Wednesday after a group of companies said its talks with Panama’s government over how to expand the canal had fallen apart.

Group United for the Canal, a consortium led by Spanish builder Sacyr, said in a statement that the government’s canal authority had [...]

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Panama Canal halt threat put off until next month

The Spanish-led construction consortium leading the expansion of the Panama Canal has formally extended its deadline for a work stoppage until Feb. 1 while it negotiates a $1.6 billion cost overrun with the canal administrator.

The group known as United for the Canal said Thursday that it will continue negotiating until at least the start [...]

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Panama rejects EU offer to mediate canal dispute

The Panama Canal Authority continued informal talks with a Spanish-led consortium on Monday, seeking to resolve a $1.6 billion cost-overrun dispute that has threatened to halt the biggest part of the project to expand the canal.

The consortium, led by Spain’s Sacyr Vallehermoso, had given a Sunday deadline for the authority to come up with [...]

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Panama Canal row could cause three year delay

Italian builder Salini Impregilo has warned the Panama Canal Authority (PCA) that a failure to find a solution to the current financial wrangling could delay the development by up to three years.

A statement from Impreglio said: “There is no alternative to honouring the contract and the law. … The alternative to the completion of [...]

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Cost overrun clash endangers huge Panama Canal extension project

Panama Canal construction on third set of locks

Work on the massive Panama Canal extension project may be suspended after a clash between the builders and the Panamanian authorities about $1.6 billion in cost overruns, according to a statement from the building consortium on Wednesday.

The cost overruns on the $3.2 billion canal extension, [...]

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Panama Canal Pilots pledge to defend Canal Authority against attacks

From Newsroom Panama:

The Panama Canal Pilot’s union [which is an affiliate of the ILWU] says that it will defend the institutions of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) against any “external or internal” attack.

The decision of the canal guild comes following recent statements by Lourdes Castillo, about an ongoing investigation of Canal executive Rodolfo [...]

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