Colón – Cartagena ferry starts service next month

El puerto de Colón 2000

Colon 2000 takes a second gamble

Colón 2000 takes a gamble for a second time by introducing a ferry from that port to Cartagena, Colombia and Isla Colón in Bocas del Toro. Mayra de Zebede, sales manager of Tropical Cruises said that unlike the previous occasion, where somebody else took control of the operation, this time Ferry Xpress will be manage by the port itself.

The Norwegian ferry, Adriatico, which currently operates in Europe and [...]

New ferry plies the Perlas Islands

Sea Las Perlas' Island Express III

It’s faster, It’s luxurious

The new Island Express III arrived this month in Panama to ferry passengers from Panama City to the Pearl Islands. “It is brand new, from Washington State,” said Claudio Caicedo, Sea Las Perlas Operations Manager.

“It’s top of the line, with nice cushioned aircraft seating and it’s faster than the other ferries in the fleet.” said Captain Randy Rickson.

“Powered by two 500hp Iveco diesel engines, we do 30 knots [...]

MEC Shipyards says allegations by ship’s chandlers are false

The case for the Balboa Dry Dock

Describing as “false” the allegations made by ship suppliers to The Bulletin against MEC Shipyards, the Balboa drydock CEO, Marvin Castillo, said that “the contract with the State grants the right to choose our subcontractors and service providers.”

After clarifying that “MEC Shipyards is not a port facility,” Castillo said what the ship’s chandlers intend is that his company allows them to enter his premises to do business [...]

Panama’s fish exports grow

Sales of shrimp, shrimp larvae, fish meal and fish oil showed the largest growth of total exports from Panama in the first half of 2014.

Between January and June exports of fish and aquaculture industry products were those that showed the best performance, well above traditional exports such as watermelon and pineapple, whose foreign sales decreased by 4% and 24% respectively, compared with the same period of 2013.

Shrimp and shrimp larvae exports increased by [...]

“Monopolistic practice of MEC affects image of an open market in Panama”

dique seco de Balboa

The case for the ship’s chandlers

Ship suppliers (ship’s chandlers) have made accusations of monopolistic practices and conflict of interest against MEC Shipyards, operator of the Balboa drydock.

MEC Shipyards won the concession to operate the Balboa drydock in January, 2013, under the past administration of Ricardo Martinelli, when the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) was administered by Roberto Linares.

The concessionaire won the right to manage and operate the Balboa complex in a process saturated [...]

Maersk says it is ready to use expanded Canal

Maersk ha utilizado el Canal desde 1917

Maersk Line, one of the leading shipping companies in the world “is ready” to use the expanded Panama Canal and is waiting to “see the proposed Nicaragua canal built,” to consider it within their routes, said a senior executive of the Danish firm.

Maersk, which moves about 15% of world trade, believes that the Panama Canal expansion, scheduled for completion in 2015, is “on time” because the one year delay in [...]

ProShip AT SMM 2014

Las reparaciones tienen un alto estándar

SMM 2014 in Hamburg, Germany, is the leading international maritime trade fair of 2014

PROSHIP, based at the Panama Canal, is carrying out all kinds of marine repairs 24/7 with guaranteed quality and timing.

As a result of several strategic representation alliances made by PROSHIP last year, the company is developing marketing strategies penetrating demanding markets, such as that of shipowners and ship managers in the German market,