Sunday, December 11, 2016
×

Warning

EU e-Privacy Directive

This website uses cookies to manage authentication, navigation, and other functions. By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

You have declined cookies. This decision can be reversed.

Panama GraphicMany of our readers will at some time have transitted the Panama Canal and probably like me, marvelled at the vision of those who first contemplated the huge engineering project of creating this link between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and those who brought the canal to reality.

Those of us involved in ships will understand the term ‘Panamax’ vessel as a vessel built to the maximum dimensions which still allow the vessel to use the canal.

As ships have grown ever bigger (eg container vessels) as owners seek economies of scale and as global traffic continues to grow, Panama announced a few years ago that it was to expand the canal to allow much bigger ships to transit this shortcut between the two oceans.

This project will create a new lane of traffic by constructing a new set of locks with much bigger dimensions. There will be two new lock complexes – one on the Atlantic side and one on the Pacific side, new access channels to the new locks will be excavated and existing navigational channels will be widened and deepened.

This expansion will not only allow bigger vessels to use the canal, but will also allow a much greater number of vessels to transit daily, reducing costly waiting times. This ambitious project costed at circa £3 billion has not been without controversy, but should bring substantial economic benefits to Panama and real benefits to international maritime trade. In recent years the canal’s capacity has become increasingly strained leading to delays, but this expansion should protect the canal’s future competitiveness and financial well being.

More on this and other news in Sea Breezes Magazine - October 2011 Issue
Click here to subscribe

Subscribe Graphic

Latest Issue - Look Inside!

HMS Protector

Most Popular

  • Naval Update - Nov 2016 +

  • Costa Concordia Wreck Moved Into Drydock +

  • Whatever Happened to the Mosquito Fleet? +

  • Teekay Contract Announced +

  • Giant Vessel Lifts 13,500 Ton Offshore Platform +

  • 1
  • 2

Latest Products

Maritime Log

  • World’s First LNG-Powered Icebreaker Delivered +

    Polaris The new dual-fuel icebreaker Polaris, 9,300gt, has been delivered to the Finnish Transport Agency by the shipbuilder Arctech Helsinki Shipyard. Read More
  • Special Zone for Unmanned Ship Testing +

    An impression of an unmanned ship by Rolls-Royce The Norwegian Maritime Authority and the Norwegian Coastal Administration have signed an agreement to set up the first designated test Read More
  • Crew Member Dies in Cruise Ship Lifeboat Drill +

    Harmony of the Seas One crew member was killed and four others sustained injuries after a lifeboat fell from the world’s biggest cruise ship, Read More
  • Renewable Trade Helps Boost Traffic at Port +

    Ayr Port August was a special month at Ayr with Associated British Ports (ABP) reporting that on Aug 18 it had one Read More
  • Costa Concordia Wreck Moved Into Drydock +

    Costa Concordia The wreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, 114,137gt, sailed to a dry dock in Genoa on Sept 1 for Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

North America

  • Happy Birthday US Navy +

    US Navy Birthday On 13 October, the United States Navy celebrated its 241st birthday with ceremonies around the world. Read More
  • New US Navy Ship Honours Sally Ride +

    R/V Sally Ride On 28 October, the US Navy commissioned a 238-foot research ship in memory of astronaut and oceanographer, Sally Kristen Ride, Read More
  • Stress-Free Fishing +

    Blue North State-of-the-art, 58 metre, vessel fishing vessel, Blue North, was christened on 9 September. Read More
  • Out With the Old In With the Older +

    Peking Built in 1911, the steel-hulled, four-masted barque and F Laeisz Flying P-Liner, Peking has been moved out out of her Read More
  • Happy Birthday, Boston Light +

    Boston Light On 14 September, Boston Light was three hundred years old. Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Asia-Pacific

  • Singapore Firms Sold to Investors +

    PanUnited Logo The Singapore-based Pan-United Corporation has sold its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Pan-United Shipping and PU Vision in an agreement with the investment Read More
  • Record Australian Cruise Armada for 2017 +

    Ovation of the Seas During this summer, a record 41 ships from member cruise lines of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) will be Read More
  • Massive Cargo Shipped From China to Port Pirie +

    AAL Dampier The cargo ship AAL Dampier, 14,053gt, of the Singapore-based breakbulk, project cargo and heavy lift carrier Austral Asia Line, delivered Read More
  • Energy Confidence Delivery +

    Energy Confidence The liquefied natural gas tanker Energy Confidence, 75,891dwt, has transported the first shipment of LNG produced by the Western Australia’s Read More
  • Deadline Extended in Hanjin Crisis +

    Hanjin In mid-September, the financially troubled South Korean container line Hanjin Shipping Co, the seventh largest container line in the world, Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Naval Focus

  • Naval Update - Dec 2016 +

    USS Gerald R Ford American News There are more problems for the US Navy’s flagship aircraft carrier programme. Read More
  • Naval Update - Nov 2016 +

    HMS Explorer HMS Trumpeter Royal Navy News Their work is seldom heralded, but the work of the smallest warships in the Royal Navy continues. Read More
  • Naval Update - Oct 2016 +

    HMS Forth Rayal Navy News The first in the second batch of River class offshore patrol vessels for the Royal Navy, HMS Read More
  • Naval Update - Sept 2016 +

    Pacific 950 Farnborough Airshow Every two years, the world’s leading aviation and military equipment manufacturers come together at an airfi eld in Read More
  • Naval Update +

    HMS Illustrious Royal Navy News On 1 June in suitably grey rain sodden skies, the former ice patrol ship HMS Endurance was Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Ferry World

  • Strategic Review for Manx Ferry Services +

    Manannan In late 2015, the Isle of Man Government announced it was giving serious attention to the future of the island’s Read More
  • Snav Adriatico Voyage +

    Snav Adriatico I was impressed by this business like view of the Snav Adriatico returning to Barcelona from Port Mahon, Menorca, in Read More
  • Grimaldi Group Acquires Finnlines plc +

    Eurocargo Livorno The large privately owned Naples based Grimaldi group has developed sophisticated cargo and passenger services in the Med and cargo Read More
  • Gdansk Visit +

    Töll and Piret Brian Climie has been on one of his trips of discovery, this time to Poland and came across the veteran Read More
  • Too Much Success +

    Loch Shirra How often do we hear criticism of government because their policy is too successful? That is the fate of the Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Sail Review/Coastal Comment

  • What Brexit Means for Shipping +

    City of Sunderland Anyone trying to fathom the possible effects on the economy, and therefore the health of the shipping industry, on the Read More
  • Teekay Contract Announced +

    Teekay Fleet The EU exit dampener on business confidence is in addition to the ongoing knock on effect of low oil prices Read More
  • Star Attraction at Greath Yarmouth +

    Earl of Pembroke The wooden barque, Earl of Pembroke of Bristol, was one of the star attractions at the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival Read More
  • The Thames Sailing Barge Parade +

    Barges locking out of the West India Docks, London. The Thames Sailing Barge Parade, on September 17, was intended to publicise the need to get more passengers to help Read More
  • Freighters Assist Arran Construction +

    Burhou 1 The sight of Sea Hunter leaving the Tyne for a coast hugging voyage to Barrow in Furness on the opposite Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

From the Lookout

  • Historic Day for Cammell Laird +

    RRS Sir David Attenborough One of the most uplifting stories of recent years has been, for me, the wonderful resurgence of the famous Mersey Read More
  • Wight Shipyard Co Wins Clipper Order +

    Aurora Clipper Great news for the Wight Shipyard Co on the Isle of Wight. Read More
  • Franklin's Expedition Ship HMS Terror Discovered +

    HMS Terror As a young boy, the tales of the polar expeditions and their leaders enthralled me – men such as Ross, Franklin, Read More
  • Mccallum Awarded Merchant Navy Meritorious Service Medal +

    Captain Stuart McCallum, Marine Manager, Serco Northlink Ferries. I was delighted to hear in early September, that an old colleague from my Sea Containers days, Captain Stuart McCallum, Read More
  • IoM Ship Registry in "Game Changing" Consultation +

    IOM Ship Registry At the end of September 2016, the Isle of Man Ship Registry announced a new consultation and timescale for delivery Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Cruise News/Superyacht News

  • Cruise Bowl! +

    Cruise Bowl The gradual evolution of passenger ship design from ocean liners to cruise ships frequently generates passionate debate between Ocean Liner Read More
  • Britain's Superyacht Sector Bouyant +

    Solent Refit New figures released at the Monaco Yacht Show indicate that the UK superyacht industry is both buoyant and growing, despite Read More
  • New Amels Elixir on Show in Monaco +

    Elixir Launched earlier this summer, the enchanting 55-metre Elixir (180 ft) made her debut at this years Monaco Yacht Show. Read More
  • Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Orders Two Expedition Cruise Ships +

    Hapag-Lloyd Cruises German cruise company Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, owned by TUI AG, has been confirmed as the owner of the two expedition cruise Read More
  • MV Aranui 5 +

    Aranui 5 Ask the average Westerner to name an area famed for it’s beautiful and exotic islands and many would name the Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Ships, Ports and Places

SS Geomitra

The Red Pigeon

Struggling in the oily water of an Antwerp dock when a crew member of the MV Demeterton spotted it and Read More
SS Geomitra

Whatever Happened to the Mosquito Fleet?

The emotive and perhaps romantic nom de plume “Mosquito Fleet” has often been used for a collection of ships, based Read More
  • 1
  • 2

Companies, Events and Other Features

Pearl Harbour Attack

Pearl Harbour Attack

December 2016 will be a poignant time on the stunningly beautiful islands that make up the US State of Hawaii. Read More
Eastern Moon

Eastern Saga

Note from the Editor In April 2016, we published the article ‘Eastern Ranger and the Red Guards’ which covered the Read More
  • 1
  • 2