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 Canal Pilots’ Association speaks in Chile on expansion

Cap. Alvaro Moreno

As part of the celebration of “Pilots’ Day” on August 18, Captain Alvaro Moreno, a member of the board of the Panama Canal Pilots’ Association (APCP) and Vice President of the International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA), was invited to speak in Chile at the International Seminar for Pilots of Ports and Channels. The event was coordinated by the Department of Maritime Territory and Merchant Marine of Chile (DIRECTEMAR) and held in Valparaiso, Chile, on August [...]

Panama offers vessel registration discounts

“To help the industry in time of difficulty”

Discounts have been granted of up to 35% on the registration fee and the annual consular fee for registering ships under the Panamanian flag.

Through a resolution published in the Official Gazette, the Merchant Marine Department of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) was authorized to grant discounts, additional to those contained in the legislation, for those who register ships under the Panamanian flag.

The measure aims to [...]

“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 [...]

Ferry will travel between Panama and Colombia

Ferry abre puente entre Panamá y Colombia

A new ferry service between Cartagena, Colombia, and Colón 2000 in Panamá, will start operations from October 24. The ship that will cover this route is the “Adriatico,” that was remodeled in 2005 and has a capacity for 1,000 passengers, a crew of 300 and can carry 500 automobiles.

The “Adriatico” will travel to two destinations – Cartagena, on Monday and Wednesday, and Isla Cólon in Bocas del Toro, on Friday.