Panama Canal Authority

ACP maintains optimal levels of navigation safety

Casi no hay accidentes en el Canal.

By Franklin Castrellón

Occasional contact between the hulls of Panamax ships with walls of old locks have been routine in Panama Canal operations over the years.

However, three minor incidents in the new locks opened on June 26, 2016, have generated what sectors of the local maritime community see as an unfounded campaign to raise fears in the maritime industry.

These fears were activated by the Union of Captains and Deck Officers (UCOC) of the ACP […]

Panama owes $3,300 million for canal expansion

El canal ampliado.

After the opening ceremony of the expanded Panama Canal, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) faces the challenge of increasing its income to pay the debts. The administering institution needs additional revenue to meet the multi-million-dollar debt assumed after completing the greatest engineering feat so far in this XXI Century.

Speaking to journalists covering the expansion of the Canal, Oscar Bazan, Vice President of Planning and Business Development of the ACP, explained that the mega-structure had […]

ACP hold reforestation day Cámara Marítima y la ACP

Cámara Marítima y la ACP realizan jornada de reforestación

On Sunday, July 17, a group of volunteers from the Panama Chamber of Shipping (CMP) and the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) conducted a reforestation day in the Canal watershed area near the newly established Scale Ship Training Center.

The welcoming remarks were given by Rommel Troetsch, president of the CMP and by engineer Manuel Benitez, Deputy Administrator of the ACP. They stressed the importance of this type of activity that raises awareness of environmental care […]

Panama Canal and Port Miami renew MOU

Puerto de Miami.

The Panama Canal and PortMiami extended their 13-year alliance with MOU renewal. It coincides with the first Neopanamax vessel to call on PortMiami after transiting the Expanded Canal

This marks another milestone in the agreement that was reached as Panama Canal Administrator and CEO, Jorge L. Quijano and PortMiami Director, Juan M. Kuryla, renewed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote trade opportunities and share best customer practices.

The renewal of the MOU — which extends […]

Big celebrations for expanded Canal inauguration

Esclusas de Agua Clara en el lado Atlántico.

Everything is ready for Panama’s biggest celebration this year, when the expanded Canal is officially inaugurated on Sunday, June 26 and the container ship “Andronikus”, property of the Chinese shipping Company, Cosco, becomes the first mega ship to use the third set of locks. The celebrations at the locks will cost $1 million, including the banquets which will be offered to the heads of State, Panama Canal’s clients and employees.

Mario Gotti, coordinator of the […]

Carter will attend inauguration of Canal expansiona

Nuevas esclusas.

The former US president Jimmy Carter and several Latin American leaders will attend the June 26 opening of the expanded Panama Canal, the Panamanian government confirmed.

“President (Michelle) Bachelet of Chile has confirmed as well as the presidents of Honduras (Juan Orlando Hernández) and El Salvador (Salvador Sanchez Ceren). US President Barack Obama, and some leaders of the Caribbean leaders are in a confirmation process. This is a historic moment for Panama”, said Panamanian vice […]

ACP ensures safety of new locks

ACP garantiza seguridad en las nuevas esclusas

By Franklin Castrellón

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has rejected as “unacceptable” a study on the safety of transit operations in the new locks that was sponsored by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and said it was in a position to ensure “the same efficiency and safety of the current (locks), which make this route one of the safest in the world.”

The study was requested by the ITF from the Foundation of Men […]