August, 2012:

Death Still a Mystery. Ship takes strange course after UMIP cadet’s death

Mysterious circumstances surround the death of the graduate engineering cadet of the Panama International Maritime University (UMIP), Dayra Wood Pino, aboard an oil tanker in the Gulf of Mexico.

The first public denouncement was made on television in Panama by Captain Luis Fruto, president of the Panamanian Association of Merchant Navy Officers (APOM).

He questioned why there had been such a long delay for the ship’s captain and the [...]

Growth rate is strong but lower than expected Panama’s ports drop in volume

Neighboring ports of Panama have been growing faster in the early months of this year, according to records of the port system up until July, showing a cumulative growth of 9% over the same period of 2010.

The growth rate is positive, but what is alarming is the decline that has been registered in the Panamanian port system from April until July this year when negative numbers began appearing, a very [...]

What really happened? The saga continues, the Last Voyage of Dayra Wood, Panamanian Seafarer

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The last voyage of Dayra Wood, Panamanian seafarer

Veracruz, Ver. – After 21 days in a refrigerator of the oil tanker Valencia, the body of cadet Dayra Wood Pino was transferred to the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Boca del Rio for an autopsy and to determine the causes of her death.

The young woman died on August 4 aboard the ship, but it was not [...]

Mexico plays catchup Mexico’s maritime infrastructure needs help

The need for Mexico to improve its maritime infrastructure in the short term was pinpointed by speakers at the Seminar of the 25th Anniversary of the Mexican Association of Shipping Agents (AMANAC) on the panel entitled “Competitiveness in the Ports of the Region. Problems and Infrastructure Development.”

In 2011, Mexican exports amounted to $349,679 million and  imports totaled $350,843 million

During the ceremony, the president of the AMANAC, Jose [...]

UMIP gets new ECDIS navigation simulator

The Panama International Maritime University (UMIP) launched the new and modern Electronic Chart Display Information System, known in the industry as “ECDIS”. It will be used in training students of the School of Navigation. This is a simulator accepted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to replace paper charts, as required by the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS 74). ECDIS is a system of information with a screen map that displays the [...]

LATAM Airlines invests $7,870 million on fleet upgrade

LATAM Airlines Group, which emerged from the merger of Chile’s LAN Airlines and Brazil’s TAM, announced that it will use $7,870 million for the expansion and improvement of its fleet between now and 2014, with the aim of strengthening operations.

The company, which plans to have 359 aircraft in the fleet from the current 319, has scheduled the acquisition of equipment for a value of $2,979 million in 2012, $2,297 million [...]

New observation center in Gatun Panama Canal celebrates 98 years with new ways to view the expansion

The Panama Canal reached 98 years of age with a number of improvements to the Miraflores Visitors’ Center, a new Observation Center in Colon and full development of activities in the service of world trade and its continued expansion works.

After 98 years of operation – 12 of them under Panamanian administration – the waterway continues to provide a reliable, safe and profitable route for international maritime trade.

“We [...]