Third bridge over Canal inaugurated

The third bridge will help to boost the development of the Atlantic sector.

When the Canal route was opened in 1914, Colón was divided into Costa Arriba and Costa Abajo, while afterwards a small bridge was opened over the Gatun locks, which only worked when no ship crossed and vehicles had to wait on both banks.

The imposing structure cost $590.6 million. Its length is 4,605 meters and has four lanes. It holds the world record as a cable-stayed concrete bridge, four […]

Panama Ship Registry condemns illegal acts

The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), through the Merchant Marine Department (DGMM), aware of the delicate situation of ships sailing in the Strait of Hormuz, expressed support for the statements by the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Kitack Lim, on this subject.

The statement was made during the 101st session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) at the headquarters of this agency in London.

Posted in: Shipping.

Consequences of the PPC labor strike

The Port of Balboa’s strike tarnished Panama’s image.

By Marijulia Pujol Lloyd

The Panama Ports Company (PPC) strike finally ended after thirteen days. During that period transshipment in the Port of Balboa was affected, causing ships to be rerouted to other terminals in nearby countries. The losses caused by this strike reached millions of dollars and the country’s image was tarnished.

Edgar Pineda, spokesperson for Hutchison Ports PPC (Panama Ports Company), said that the most important thing […]

Panama withdraws flag from more ships

Panama is withdrawing its flag from more vessels that violate sanctions and international legislation, the Panama Maritime Authority told the news agency Reuters.

This follows the removal of about 60 ships from the registry in recent months that are linked to Iran and Syria.

After the re-imposition of sanctions on Iran by Washington in 2018, Panama’s former president Juan Carlos Varela gave the green light […]

ONE incorporates seventh container ship

El One Cygnus

The allianceOcean Network Express (ONE) received delivery of the container ship of 14,000 TEUs “ONE Cygnus” at the Japan United Marine Corporation shipyard in Kure, Hiroshima.

This is the third ship delivered to ONE this year after the M/V “ONE Apus” on April 19, 2019 and it is the last delivery in the series of seven carrying 14,000 TEUs, with the distinctive magenta color of the shipping company.


Cruise ships unexploited as a job opportunity

Cruise ships offer excellent job opportunities

By Marijulia Pujol Lloyd

The cruise ship industry is growing rapidly and it is expected that in 2019 the number of cruise passengers will reach 30 million. Although many cruise ships transit through the Canal, Panama is not taking advantage of the job opportunities offered by this sector.

To raise awareness among government authorities and the private sector about this situation, the Panamanian Association of Navy Officers (APOM) and […]

Construction starts on Puente de Las Americas – Arraiján overpasses

With the placement of steel, concrete slabs and walls, in addition to the transverse beams and forms, the construction began on three of the five overpasses that are part of the project “Study, Design, Construction and Maintenance of Works for the Expansion and Rehabilitation of the Pan-American Highway, Section: Puente de Las Americas – Arraiján”.

As part of the work, interchanges will be built at the entrance to Cocolí, […]