First HERO vessel transits expanded Panama Canal

First HERO vessel transits expanded Panama Canal

In 2007, the Panama Canal Authority embarked on a nearly decade-long 5 billion USD expansion of the Panama Canal. The competitive advantage of the existing canal infrastructure that was built a century ago began to …
Aug 16, 2016 /  Vessels
UKHO to release new digital charts for expanded Panama Canal

UKHO to release new digital charts for expanded Panama Canal

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) is to release five new Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs) for the expanded Panama Canal. The new ENCS are produced by the Panama Canal Authority (PCA) and provide …
Jun 17, 2016 /  Vessels
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
ITF underlines Panama Canal safety case

ITF underlines Panama Canal safety case

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) is reiterating its case regarding the possible risks to safety posed by the Panama Canal’s new locks. This latest information comes after the Panama …
May 9, 2016 /  Curious
Video: Panama Canal Strengthens Tugboat Fleet for Expansion

Video: Panama Canal Strengthens Tugboat Fleet for Expansion

Since 2000, the Panama Canal has been acquiring new tugboats to strengthen its fleet. The tugboat fleet the Panama Canal is ready to handle the operational demand of the current Canal as well as transits through the new …
Apr 13, 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 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 Expansion Progress Update - February 2016 (Video)

Panama Canal Expansion Progress Update - February 2016 (Video)

A week ago the Panama Canal Authority 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 …
Feb 24, 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