The National Naval Air Service is preparing tenders for $13 million in 2017 for the purchase of new vessels and aircraft.
The amount has already been approved by the Cabinet Council and included in the budget for the Naval Air Service (Senan) 2017.
Prensa.com reports that "...For example, as part of the continuity of the improvement program for air and maritime equipment for the areas of West Panama, Arraiján, Veracruz and Cocolí, which ends in 2018, and the equipment program for the air transport squadron, the Senan will be acquiring two aircraft.One of which will have capacity for 19 passengers for $5 million, and another for $4 million 975 thousand 710. "
Before September 2017 Panamanian vessels weighing over 400 tons must install ballast water treatment equipment, ranging in cost from $900,000 to $2 million.
Vessels in the Panamanian merchant fleet have until September 8, 2017 to purchase and install equipment for ballast water treatment and comply with the international convention for the control and management of ballast water and sediments.
The government has announced it will buy an aircraft and maritime interdiction boats, and will contract maintenance for aircraft in the National Air Service.
The Cabinet has endorsed the purchase of a DHC-6 Twin Otter 400 aircraft as well as maritime interdiction vessels DAMEN 1102 and three contracts for maintenance of aircraft order to strengthen the capacity of the National Air Service (Senan).
The Panama Canal Authority plans to tender a logistics park and port for ships transporting vehicles and machinery, as well as a study for a logistics annex to the new Pacific locks.
It is expected that the proposals will be taken to the Board of Directors of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) in the first six months of the year for approval. These projects would be given in concession through tenders and the ACP would only invest in the dredging needed for the vehicle transporter port.
Discounts of up to 35% on the registration fee and the annual consular fee will be granted to the ships registered under the Panamanian flag.
Through a resolution published in the Official Newspaper La Gaceta, the Directorate General of Merchant Marine Services has been authorized to grant discounts, additional to those contained in the legislation, to those who register ships under the Panamanian flag.
The continuing evolution of maritime transport towards ever larger ships is the main reason that Maersk shipping line sees the mega project as a real option for the future.
Commercial validation of the Grand Canal of Nicaragua project has been underpinned by the opinions expressed by the Head of Daily Operations at Maersk Line, Keith Svendsen, who told Shippingwatch.com that while the Panama Canal expansion will allow the passage of much larger vessels than at present, the maximum length that will be admited is 336 meters, while the Triple-E series used by the leading global shipping company, now measures 400 meters.
The Army is evaluating the acquisition of helicopters for strengthening surveillance of aircraft entering the territory illegally.
At a public meeting, the chief of defense, Manuel Lopez, confirmed that the Army is looking at buying helicopters as part of an "aerial platform" that would improve its monitoring of illicit aircraft entering the country. It has also initiated the process in Congress of borrowing the money which will be used to purchase two vessels.
A European group is negotiating the operation of the maritime route between Colon and Cartagena using a ship with capacity for 1,500 passengers, 200 cars and 50 containers.
Prensa.com reports: "In the absence of a land connection between the two countries, and which would link South America with the rest of the continent, the ferry between Colon and Cartagena is a project that has attracted entrepreneurs in the recent past, but without any great results" .
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