July

Demóstenes Pérez new president of COEL

Demóstenes Pérez during the Coel’s board of directors elections.

The Logistical Business Council (COEL) made up of 18 business guilds, swore in Demóstenes Pérez as its new president of the Board of Directors for the period 2017-2018.

The new Board includes Enrique Clement as vice president; Antonio García-Prieto as treasurer; Ángel Sánchez, as a spokesman; and Giomar González, as secretary.

Perez’s predecessor is Leroy Sheffer, who chaired the 2015-2016 Council period.

The president-elect of COEL is part of GS1 Panama, where he stood out […]

Week in Review – July 13

SHIP FLIGHT

Shipping companies may choose to go to neighboring ports, because of a lack of capacity, especially on Panama’s Pacific coast, Panama Canal Administrator, Jorge Quijano, said. “We have seen significant growth this year and larger ships are coming to the port terminals and are transiting the Panama Canal,” said Quijano.

BACK ‘N FORTH

So far this year, Panama’s Minister of Commerce, Augusto Arosemena, and Colombia’s María Claudia Lacouture, have held two presidential meetings […]

Panama to have a one-stop shop maritime system

The Panama Maritime Authority and the Panama Canal Authority have reached an agreement for the creation of a one-stop shop that aims to streamline the procedures related to maritime trade in the country.

The two entities have signed an institutional cooperation agreement and will begin the procedures to create the Panama One Stop Window (VUMPA for its initials in English).

The aim of the VUMPA will be to streamline maritime transport through the simplification of […]

Central American ports must adapt to new shipping demands

Puerto Quetzal.

The shipping world demands port efficiency, due to the need to load and unload large numbers of containers in a short time. The expansion of the Panama Canal has led to the construction of larger vessels with more capacity. However, the economic crisis of 2009 and the fall of freight volumes by half, explained Ricardo Cruz, chairman of the transport and logistics committee of the El Salvador Chamber of Commerce (Camarasal).

At present there are […]

ACP uses discretionary savings tubs for eco-efficient operation

Represa del Lago Gatún

The availability of potable water in the interoceanic region is the key, not only to meet the water needs of the population and economic activities, but also for the safe, efficient and reliable operation of the Panama Canal.

Due to the effect of climate change on the rainfall regime, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) introduced the use of water saving tubs in the new locks.

On the first anniversary of the enlarged Canal, ACP administrator […]

Panama facing airspace overhaul challenge

Panamá necesita entrenar a más operadores de tráfico aéreo.

Panama is planning to modernise its airspace to support how it manages to forecast annual increase in international traffic of 5 per cent.

Experts of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), Boeing, the Federal Aviation Authority and the country’s air navigation services provider met at the Technological University of Panama (UTP) in late June.

Panamanian Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) director Flora Silvera explained that the challenges and […]

New Chamber of Shipping Board for 2017-2018 period sworn in

Juramentación de la Junta Directiva electa para el periodo 2017-2018

In the Las Perlas Room of the Union Club on June 28, the ceremony was held inaugurating the Board of Directors of the Panama Chamber of Shipping for the 2017-2018 period. The new Board is presided by Julio de La Lastra, who holds the post for the fourth time in the history of the guild.

The event was held in the company of authorities such as Álvaro Alemán, Minister of the Presidency; Dulcidio de La […]