USCG and DNV GL sign new memorandum of agreement

USCG and DNV GL sign new memorandum of agreement

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) and DNV GL signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) authorizing DNV GL to participate in the Alternate Compliance Program (ACP) and delegated certain survey and certification services …
Aug 8, 2016 /  Naval
Panama Canal Receives Report of Functional Completion of Third Set of Locks

Panama Canal Receives Report of Functional Completion of Third Set of Locks

On Wednesday, June 1, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) was informed by its contractor Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A. (GUPC) that the Third Set of Locks have officially passed all performance tests and are now …
Jun 3, 2016 /  Curious
ACP Advisory to Shipping: Further postponement of Third Draft Restriction

ACP Advisory to Shipping: Further postponement of Third Draft Restriction

Based on the present level of Gatun Lake in the rainfall projections for the upcoming weeks, the third draft restriction announced by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) in Advisory to Shipping A-23-2016 and scheduled …
May 12, 2016 /  Vessels
Panama Canal sets further draft restrictions for ships

Panama Canal sets further draft restrictions for ships

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has imposed further draft restrictions for vessels transiting through the canal effective April 29 due to ongoing El Nino-related droughts in the region. In a shipping advisory Friday, …
Apr 5, 2016 /  Curious
Panama Canal Inaugurates Scale Model Training Facility, Announces Expansion Inauguration Date

Panama Canal Inaugurates Scale Model Training Facility, Announces Expansion Inauguration Date

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced yesterday (Mar 23) that the Panama Canal Expansion will be officially inaugurated on Sunday, June 26, 2016. The announcement was made this morning during the inauguration …
Mar 24, 2016 /  Curious
Panama Canal Authority Restricts Draft to Vessels in Transit

Panama Canal Authority Restricts Draft to Vessels in Transit

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has released advisory to shipping containing a draft restriction for all shipping agents, owners and operators due to a lower water level of the Gatun Lake. Effective April 18, 2016, …
Mar 22, 2016 /  Vessels
Panama Canal workforce receive training to operate new locks

Panama Canal workforce receive training to operate new locks

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced that it is training over one thousand workers on the operations of the new locks of the Panama Canal Expansion. Once these first training phase is completed, the courses will be …
Mar 20, 2016 /  Curious
Panama Canal Hosts Open Forum To Discuss Future Services of Expanded Waterway

Panama Canal Hosts Open Forum To Discuss Future Services of Expanded Waterway

Last Thursday (Mar 3) the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) hosted an Open Forum, giving shipping line representatives and steamship agents the opportunity to discuss the Panama Canal's services once the expanded waterway …
Mar 7, 2016 /  Curious
Testing of new Panama Canal locks carried out successfully

Testing of new Panama Canal locks carried out successfully

The Panama Canal has announced that Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), the consortium responsible for the design and construction of the Third Set of Locks Project, has successfully completed testing of the reinforcements …
Feb 15, 2016 /  Curious
Gard Alert: Panama Canal – deck cooling during transit

Gard Alert: Panama Canal – deck cooling during transit

Tankers transiting the Panama Canal and carrying cargoes with flashpoints of less than 18°C must cool their main decks with water to prevent the automatic activation of the pressure relief valves. From 18 January …
Jan 27, 2016 /  Curious