2013

United Airlines wins awards in 2013

United Airlines, which this year launched a new campaign that highlights dedication to create a more customer friendly experience, closed 2013 garnering numerous awards.

These awards distinguish the company for investments it has channeled into its MileagePlus loyalty program, customer service initiatives, its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and achievements in environmental protection and conservation.

For the tenth consecutive year, the readers of Global Traveler elected MileagePlus as the “Best Frequent Flyer Program”. United was elected [...]

ACP fails to reach an agreement with GUPC on contract cost claim

construcción del tercer juego de esclusas

The Panama Canal Administrator, Jorge Quijano, said the consortium responsible for the design and construction of the third set of locks (GUPC) is seeking to negotiate with the ACP outside of the contract.

“We have argued that we should consider, due to the high costs they had not anticipated and not necessarily followed in the process, but to reach an agreement outside the contract,” Quijano said.

However, the administrator said they have [...]

Central America urges EU to ratify Association Agreement

Mandatarios de los países miembros del Sistema de Integración Centroamericana

The Regular Meeting of Heads of State and Government of the member countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA) ended on December 14 with the signing of the Declaration of Buenaventura. This document includes, among other things, a call from Central America to the European Union (EU) to promote the entry into force of the Agreement CA-EU Partnership, and for the international community to give more support in implementing strategies on Central American security.

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Panama implements Pele Marine

The Panamanian Cabinet authorized the hiring for one year of service for 380 users, mobile devices and a back office platform.

The system will be bought by the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) for use to locate, manage and report on rates and seamen’s rights in international and national waters.

The Cabinet report states:

“The Cabinet Council authorized, by Cabinet Resolution, the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) purchasing a monthly service (12 months) of the Pele Marine [...]

Group to invest $6.5 million for marina in San Carlos

A statement from the Panamanian Cabinet has announced:

“The Cabinet Council approved a favorable Resolution to a Concession Agreement between The State, through the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) for The Marina Vista Mar Group, S.A., under which it will invest $6.5 million”.

It is explained in the document that according to the application filed by the company Marina Vista Mar Group, S.A., the area will be used for the construction, use and operation of a [...]

Agunsa and GEN will invest in ports

Universal Agencies (Agunsa)

Investments plans of nearly $700 million until 2014 is being developed by the Chilean Shipping Companies Group (GEN), whose main shareholder is the Urenda family.

It includes about $360 million in the purchase of four new containerships of 9,000 TEUs, with an option to add two more, another $140 million in the purchase of tugboats, ferries and offshore launches for the company CPT; $30 million in the new dock at Colonel Port Cape Froward, and [...]

Nicaragua canal’s cost puts Panama in the background

Concerns have arisen in Panama over a possible cost increase in building the third set of locks on the expanded Panama Canal, but the amount of $1,300 million on top of the $3,200 million contract is mere petty cash when compared with the new estimate of building a Canal across Nicaragua.

Michael Weissenstein and Luis Manuel Galeano, of the Associated Press, have reported that the construction costs may be climbing. They quote Cesar Zamora, a [...]