Excerpts from gCaptain:
February is the third-consecutive record-breaking month for the Panama Canal. In December 2016 and January 2017, the waterway set monthly tonnage records after transiting 35.4 million PC/UMS and 36.1 million PC/UMS, respectively.
Approximately 850 Neopanamax vessels have transited the new locks in the first eight months since their inauguration in June 2016, […]
Excerpts from the Associated Press:
Loaded with more than 6,000 cargo containers, the ship Ever Living prepared for the final leg of its journey through the newly expanded Panama Canal when things hit a snag: The last of the massive steel lock doors failed to open all the way.
The pilots controlling the ship and […]
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”Otra maravilla que me permite mi trabajo”
”Another wonder that my job allows me to see”
— Worker narrating video as the Panama Canal mitigates flooding from Hurricane Otto
This is the spectacular moment all 14 doors of the Panama […]
From Port Technology:
New alliance service networks for Asia-East Coast North America favor the Panama Canal routeing ahead of the Suez Canal, according to Drewry. … The expansion of the Panama Canal at the end of June has been a game changer. Several Asia-ECNA via Panama loops have been upgraded to deploy ships of 8,000 […]
From the ILWU-affiliated Panama Canal Pilots’ Association:
Note: The following article says that Panama’s maritime unions fear privatization of tug services in the Canal, and that the Union of Captains and Deck Officers (UCOC) and Masters, Mates and Pilots have ratified a strategic alliance to protect workers. Ivan De La Guardia, secretary general of UCOC, […]
The Panama Canal’s old locks will be at reduced capacity for four days because of maintenance work that began on Tuesday.
Under the scheduled maintenance the west lane of the Miraflores locks will undergo dry chamber seals repairs on two gates, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP). And the west lane of the Pedro Miguel locks […]
The MV Cosco Shipping Panama makes the inaugural transit through the expanded Panama Canal, June 26, 2016. Photo: Panama Canal Authority.
In its first month of operation, the Panama Canal’s new neopanamax locks recorded a total of 55 vessel transits, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has revealed.
Of the 55 vessels to […]
The BBC has taken note of the ITF’s concerns about safety on the new Panama Canal locks:
Mechanized ‘mules’ pull ship through the previously existing Panama Canal locks. The new locks do not use mules.
A Chinese container ship has hit a wall of the recently-widened Panama Canal, amid concerns that it has less space […]
Panama Canal leadership had dismissed union warnings on safety for years prior to last month’s opening. Damage to the MV Xin Fei Zhou is shown here.
From an article titled ‘Containership damaged after hitting wall in Panama Canal’s new locks’ at gCaptain:
A neopanamax containership has suffered a gash to its hull after […]
Excerpts from Southern California Public Radio:
After a massive nine-year, $5.4 billion expansion, a considerably larger Panama Canal opens Sunday.
But executives at the ports of L.A. and Long Beach, as well as those who study trade, don’t predict this new expansion will hurt Southern California’s port business.
Here are three reasons why:
Security at the inauguration of the Panama Canal expansion next Sunday will be assured by more than 11,000 agents along with special measures like closing the airspace over the waterway beginning the day before, the authorities announced Tuesday.
Eleven heads of state and government, the king emeritus of Spain and delegations of some 50 countries […]
During the inauguration, COSCO Shipping Panama will transit Agua Clara Locks on the Atlantic side during the early morning and Cocoli Locks in the afternoon. The regular schedule of transits through the Expanded Canal will follow the next day, June 27.
From Maritime Professional:
The container vessel COSCO Shipping Panama set sail from the […]