The Panama Canal celebrated a new milestone as three LNG ships transited the neopanamax locks last Tuesday 17 of April. Namely, the Clean Ocean, the Gaslog Gibraltar and the Gaslog Hong Kong transited the Canal, coming from the Pacific Ocean, heading north towards the Atlantic Ocean. Since March 2018, the Panama Canal has recorded a total of 134 LNG transits.
The International Transport Worker’s Federation is against the actions of the Panama Canal Authority, which issued sanctions against Tugboat Captains who refused to assist the transit of vessels through the neopanamax locks. The union representatives of the captains claim safety issues over their refusal, adding that the sanction is part of a tug privitization plan in the Canal. The union representatives of the captains claim safety issues over their refusal, adding that the sanction is part of a tug privitization plan in the Canal.
PortMiami will use NOAA’s Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System, in order to ensure that super-sized ships coming through the recently expanded Panama Canal can enter more safely and efficiently the Miami seaport. PORTS will provide ship operators with real-time information that can help them better plan their transit and prevent accidents in and around the port.
Panama Canal Administration said the decision came after the tugboat captains refused to assist the transit of vessels through the neopanamax locks, which impacted the regular maritime traffic. On the other hand, the union representatives of the captains claim safety issues over their refusal.
NOAA launched a decision support tool for super-sized ships, coming through the recently-expanded Panama Canal, to enter the Miami seaport more safely. The tool reduces accidents by more than 50%, increases the amount of cargo ships can carry, reduces transit delays for commercial traffic, enhances recreational activities, and improves hazardous spill response.
Panama Canal will try to promote the use of the Panamax locks for soy and corn grain transits originating in northern Brazil and traveling to markets in Asia. These shipments typically transit on Panamax vessels given the similarity between the drafts in the Amazon River ports and the Panamax locks.
The Panama Canal announced the transit of its 3,000th Neopanamax vessel, surpassing the initial traffic expectations. The Panamanian flagged containership MSC Caterina completed the milestone transit this morning traveling northbound from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean.
The Panama Canal Authority hosted executives from US LNG exporter Cheniere Energy, with the aim to discuss the canal’s increasing LNG vessel segment and opportunities for future growth. The LNG transit days have become more, because of the optimization achieved by traffic scheduling.
Panama Canal is expected to see the number of LNG tankers transiting the canal, rise by 50% until September, because of the increased fuel exports from the US. The Panama Canal added a third set of locks in 2016, something that will increase the global LNG demand through the canal.
Deborah Turner shares her views on the biggest challenges and opportunities in LNG shipping and how the Panama Canal route has affected the global LNG shipping market, during Gastech event. The next event will take place in 17-20 September 2018, in Barcelona.
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