Transit Through the Panama Canal Normalized

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

Thursday, December 9, 2010

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

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Panama Canal's Options For Facing Off Competition

August 2013

The Panamanian response, in the event of any of the inter-oceanic canal projects materialising, would be to create another expansion of the Canal.

This was the announcement by Jorge Quijano, chief administrator of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), after hearing about the intentions of Guatemala and Nicaragua to build two oceanic canals, on land or water.

Canal Transit Temporarily Suspended

December 2010

The Panama Canal Authority temporarily suspended transit through the waterway.

The suspension was due to high water levels at lakes Gatun and Alajuela as a result of heavy rains.

"Executive Vice President of Operations for the ACP, Manuel Benitez, said the decision was made because transit through the Canal could be affected by the Chagres River currents, which flows into the channel at Gamboa and flows to Alajuela," reports

Panama Canal traffic up 2.5% in Q2

July 2008

A total of 3,821 boats travelled through the Panama Canal in the April-to-June period this year, 95 more than did so last year. It's a 2.5 percent increase, according to the state agency that administers inter-ocean navigation.

"Although we are seeing a slowdown in growth of the world economy, the Panama Canal increased its traffic, both in transit and tonnage, during the quarter," said the executive vice-president of operations of the Panama Canal Authority, Manuel Benítez.

Pilots' protest holds up shipping in Panama Canal

May 2008

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.

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.

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