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Transit 1,535 marks first year of Panama Canal expansion

From Prensa Latina:

The transit 1,535 of a neopanamax marks today the first year of operation of the interoceanic way expansion, which exceded expectations of the shipping market, according to the Panama Canal Authority (PCA).

Through the canal navigated 5.9 neopanamax per day as average, double the estimates of the PCA for the first stage […]

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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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1000th NeoPanamax Vessel passes through expanded Panama Canal

On Sunday, March 19, the containership Mediterranean Shipping Company’s MSC Anzu made the historic 1,000th transit through the Expanded Canal, heading northbound from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.

The 1000th transit marks a significant milestone for the Expanded Canal, which is experiencing a steady flow of traffic – including containerships, liquid petroleum gas […]

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Panama Canal to reduce booking slots due to transit delays

From the Loadstar:

Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has suffered its second hiccup in as many weeks following an otherwise successful expansion last June. Delays in transit for non-booked vessels have forced it to cut its slots for ‘super’ vessels.

ACP cites “unusual delays” as the cause for the temporary reduction in the number of booking […]

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Panama Canal tackles accusations

From Port Technology:

The Panama Canal Authority (PCA) has released statements combating both the rumors of the privatization of its tug fleet and the accusation that the expansion has made workers and seafarers unsafe.

Rumors began circulating on October 25, 2016 when many sources reported that the ITF had addressed a press conference claiming that […]

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At least 5 weeks to repair damage to Panama Canal locks

”That wall is not part of the basic structure of the lock; it was originally built as a containing wall to hold back earth from the original slopes along the banks,” the ACP said.

The Panama Canal Authority, or ACP, said Monday that the repairs to a wall in the southern section of the Miraflores […]

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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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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

Excerpts from the Wall Street Journal:

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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