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Panama Canal plans for ten-day east lane outage

The Panama Canal Authority will tentatively close the east lane of the canal for ten days from 9-18 May for maintenance. The Authority told Argus that it will confirm the outage approximately four-five days prior.

The Authority has reduced the number of vessel booking slots during this period. The canal’s west lane will remain open […]

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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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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 sets back-to-back-to-back tonnage records

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, […]

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7 months in, expanded Panama Canal still faces challenges

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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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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Worker captures 'maravilla' of Panama Canal opening all 14 gates

Click on the image to view the full article and video

”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 […]

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Panama vs Suez: Which do alliances favor?

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 […]

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Gremio marítimo teme privatización de servicios en el Canal / Maritime union fears privatization of Canal services

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, […]

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Maintenance work to reduce traffic through Panama Canal’s old locks by almost 40% this week

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 […]

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Panama Canal Authority: 55 vessels through new locks in first month

The MV Cosco Shipping Panama makes the inaugural transit through the expanded Panama Canal, June 26, 2016. Photo: Panama Canal Authority.

From gCaptain:

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 […]

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Ship hits wall of Panama Canal, renewing design concerns

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 […]

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Union and pilot warnings on safety realized in first collision at new Panama Canal locks

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 […]

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3 reasons why SoCal ports aren't worried about the expanded Panama Canal

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:

1. […]

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11,000 agents to guard inauguration of Panama Canal expansion

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 […]

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