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Mexican state of Oaxaca to build its own ‘Panama Canal’

From the Panam Post:

Mexico is planning to build its own Panama Canal in the state of Oaxaca.

Governor Alejandro Murat recently announced plans for the construction, which will connect the Pacific Ocean with the Atlantic by way of the port of Salina Cruz and Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz.

Murat took over as Governor of Oaxaca eight […]

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Mega ships won’t hit Alaska for a few more years

From KRBD:

Southeast Alaska cruise towns have been getting ready to spend a lot of money making sure their ports can handle “post-Panamax” cruise ships. Those are mega ships with special designs that make them not work well in ports with big tides and fixed docks.

Those ships were to start arriving in the Alaska […]

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Four years later, Nicaragua’s $40 billion interoceanic canal remains a pipe dream

There are fears that Wang could now use his 50-year concession to sell the rights to ports

From the Miami Herald:

Four years ago last month, Daniel Ortega made headlines across the world by announcing that a Chinese firm would build a $40 billion interoceanic canal in Nicaragua, which would compete with the Panama Canal […]

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Northwest Seaport Alliance keeps up strong showing in May

From the Seattle Times:

Import traffic at the Northwest Seaport Alliance, the pairing of the waterborne units of the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma, rose a strong 10 percent last month, defying a troubling slowdown at some other West Coast gateways.

Full imports totaled 115,960 TEUs, or twenty-foot equivalents, the standard measure for […]

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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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China puts Nicaraguan Canal plan on hold

From The Times:

It was billed as the biggest earth-moving operation in history: the creation of a 170-mile canal across Nicaragua, linking the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean.

The Grand Interoceanic Canal (commonly known as the Nicaraguan Canal) would have been more than twice the length of the Panama Canal, and wide enough for […]

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14,000 TEU container ship becomes largest capacity vessel to transit Panama Canal

The container ship OOCL France became on Wednesday the largest capacity vessel to transit the Panama Canal, the agency that operates that inter-oceanic waterway said.

The OOCL France, which is 366.47 meters (1,201 feet) in length and 48.23 meters in beam, eclipsed the previous mark because of its capacity to carry 13,926 Twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs, […]

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First cruise ship transits expanded Panama Canal

From Marine Log:

The Disney Wonder transited the Panama Canal April 29, becoming the first passenger vessel to go through the canal’s new set of locks, marking a milestone for the cruise industry.

Originally delivered from the Fincantieri Marghera shipyard in 1999, the ship underwent a major refurbishment at Navantia in Spain last year that […]

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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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