Panama should emulate Singapore model: Sabonge

Panamá necesita nuevas estrategias para desarrollar el sector marítimo, según Sabonge

By Franklin Castrellón

“The Panamanian government, as did Singapore at the time, should exercise the inalienable right to exploit the Panamanian primary resource: its geographical position.”

This statement was made to The Bulletin by Rodolfo Sabonge, an independent consultant, who until November 2013 served as executive Vice President of Planning and Business Development of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP).

Sabonge said: “The main asset of Panama is its geographical position and therefore. it should be [...]

Updates of the GUPC and ACP novel

Today it is expected that Consorcio Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) and the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) will sign a definitive agreement establishing the parameters necessary for the completion of the third set of locks. However, the situation becomes a little tense, as the ACP says the consortium is asking that included in the contract are some points that were not agreed on in the preliminary agreement signed in March.

Corruption complaint lodged against former AMP manager

Roberto Linares

Por Franklin Castrellón

The former administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), Roberto Linares, must explain to the Attorney General’s Office the reasons that prompted him to grant exclusivity to issue certificates to officers and seamen of the Panamanian ship registration and validate those of third countries.

When making the complaint on July 16 against Linares and those who participated in the exclusive grant last July 16 alleging “scam and fraud”, the Panamanian [...]

Nicaragua canal route choice fails to convince

Río Brito

Many questions and doubts hover over the Nicaragua Canal plan, ranging from viability of the announced route to a need for much more information.

There is still no clarity on how the mega project would be financed, and prospective German investors say they need “much more” information.

The route of the inter-oceanic canal of Nicaragua should be optimized and subject to further feasibility studies, despite HKND Group presenting route number four, a proposal originally made [...]

Colón’s Enrique Jiménez Airport receives bilingual ATIS system

Aeropuerto Internacional Enrique A. Jiménez

STR-SpeechTech has completed the delivery and training of a technologically advanced ATIS System which has been installed in the Air Traffic Control Tower at the Enrique Jiménez International Airport, in Colón, Panama. The system was installed by Comtel S.A., a Panamanian company.

ATIS (Automatic Terminal Information Service) broadcasts information to pilots of noncontrol information including runways in use and conditions, notices to airmen, and weather information. The Digital ATIS (D-ATIS) is received digitally in text [...]

Forum about handling dangerous cargoes set

El foro enseñará nuevas técnicas para manejar mercancía peligrosa

Panama is a strategic point for freight transportation by land, sea and air and for that reason a forum about how to handle dangerous goods will take place at the Tryp Hotel by Wyndham in Albrook Mall on Wednesday, September 10.

The public and private sectors, academia and businessmen related to this important sector will meet at the Forum Update on the Management of Dangerous Goods to learn about the latest advances in handling hazardous [...]

Week in Review – Vol. 33 No.38

National newsbriefs


Problems of the Colón Free Zone (CFZ) have bottomed. This was revealed by the statistics from the government institution that, for the second consecutive year, is in the red in the first six months. The commercial activity in the free zone has fallen 15% in the first half of the year. Trade recorded $11,270 million, representing $1,964 million less than in the same period last year. On the other hand, re-exports [...]

CMA-CGM to build 28 container ships

Construyen 28 barcos para naviera CMA-CGM

French shipping company CMA-CGM has announced construction of the first of a series of 28 container vessels for the Asian coast that have a capacity of 9,400 to 10,900 containers.

CMA-CGM said that this type of ship is the first built by the Chinese company DSIC (Dalian PRC) and are 300 meters long and 48 meters wide, a design to maximize load capacity, but with the latest technology.

The French shipping company reported that 28 [...]