Pilots' protest holds up shipping in Panama Canal

A protest by pilots who guide ships through the Panama Canal is causing unprecedented delays and bottlenecks in the waterway, according to reports from workers and shipping companies.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Some 250 canal pilots are going slow to push for higher wages and formal contracts.
Nearly 5 percent of world trade passes through the canal, but long lines of ships are building up on the coasts of Panama awaiting passage. Last week, an average of 90 ships at a time were on standby, much higher than normal in what is regarded as the low season for traffic, the Panama Canal Authority reported.

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Pilot slowdown jams Panama Canal traffic - Toronto Star

May 2008

A work slowdown by pilots who guide ships through the Panama Canal is causing unprecedented delays and creating a costly bottleneck for shipping companies, canal employees and shippers say.

Some 250 Panama Canal pilots, who take charge of all vessels while they travel between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, want a pay raise and formal work contracts, and are protesting by giving only limited help to clear gridlocks in the busy trade route.

Transit Through the Panama Canal Normalized

December 2010

Transit through the canal was resumed after temporary closing caused by heavy rains.

On Wednesday, December 8, at about noon the decision was made to close the Canal in order to ensure safe passage.

"The Gatun and Alajuela lakes reached record levels due to heavy rains at the basin of Alajuela, forcing preventive dam spills in Gatun and Madden; it was reported in a note by the Panama Canal Authority," reports Prensa.com.

Panama Canal forecasts drop in tonnage in 2009

February 2009

The Panama Canal Authority has forecast a 5 % drop in cargo tonnage going through the waterway as cargo transit has been badly hit by the crisis.

The authority, known as the ACP, said on Monday it was expecting a 5 per cent fall in transit volume this year to 294.1 million tonnes, nearly 19.9 million tonnes less than that of the previous year.

Panama Canal: Gas Terminal and Wind Farm

October 2015

The beginning of studies has been announced for the development of a natural gas terminal and a wind farm in areas under the responsibility of the Panama Canal Authority.

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