Panama Canal

Panama Canal endorses sustainability across the shifting industry

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published its Review of Maritime Transport 2019 earlier in the year, addressing the shifting landscape and range of challenges, further highlighting the rising concern of climate change. Thus, as the Panama Canal underlines, climate change adaptation and mitigation have become urgent priorities across the maritime industry, leading to changes such as the IMO 2020 regulation or rise of climate-conscious shipping finance portfolios around the world.

Fuel requirements when transmitting through Panama Canal, amid sulphur cap

The Panama Canal joined the regions where discharge of wash water from open-loop Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems has been prohibited, publishing a marine advisory to assist stakeholders of the fuel requirements when anchoring, transiting through and docking at terminals in Panama Canal waters.

Do you know how to distinguish an Aframax from a Panamax vessel?

There are several variations related to ships sailing on high seas. Panamax vessels, Aframax vessels, and Suezmax vessels are some of the most prevalent types. But what do they mean and what kind of ships do they represent? Well, the answer is relatively easy, and it lies on the area that each ship caters.

Panama Canal redoubles water saving measures amid October’s drought

October was one of the driest months in history for the Panama Canal Hydrographic Basin, resulting to the latter redoubling the measures to conserve and make more efficient use of water. In line with its records, October will conclude with an estimated 215 millimeters of precipitation, which represents 35% below the historical average of 331 millimeters, and places it as the third-lowest in the last 70 years. 

Panama Canal upgrades maritime single window system

The Panama Canal and the Panama Maritime Authority upgraded their Panama Maritime Single Window System (VUMPA), highlighting the positive effects of digitalization and informing that according to estimations the VUMPA has reduced the need for more than 300,000 paper forms and documents, improving the efficiency and carbon footprint of transshipment procedures and saving up to 3,260 hours on an annual basis.

Panama becomes 21st member of Tokyo MoU

The Port State Control Committee, the governing body under Tokyo MoU, agreed to accept Panama as its 21st member Authority, during its 30th meeting that took place in Majuro, Marshall Islands, from 14 to 17 October 2019. Panama has completed a three-year term as a Co-operating Member Authority.

Record tonnage for Panama Canal in 2019 fiscal year

The Panama Canal announced the closing of its 2019 fiscal year with a record tonnage of 469 million Panama Canal tons, a 6.2% increase compared to FY2018. This exceeds the 450.7 million tons projection for 2019, as well as the record tonnage of 442 million tons registered in the previous fiscal year.

Panama Canal bans open loop scrubbers

Panama Canal announced that open loop scrubbers are banned from the area under the condition that the vessels are equipped with a type approved closed-loop exhaust gas cleaning system. The Panama Canal has been added to the list of ports and regions that ban the use of open loop scrubbers.

Panama Canal welcomes first cruise ship transit for new season

The Panama Canal announced its first transit for the 2019-2020 cruise season, marked by the Princess Cruises’ Island Princess, highlighting what the Authority expects to see a ‘busy cruise season’. The Island Princess departed from Vancouver, Canada and is heading to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in a 21-day voyage. 

Watch: Panama Canal’s tribute to women

Honoring the World Maritime Day, themed ‘Empowering Women in the Maritime Community’, the Panama Canal presents some of its most important members of its team, who hold key positions, from overseeing operations on the ground to representing the Canal abroad. 


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