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Posts Tagged ‘Panama Canal’

Panama Spotlight: Agenda Features Top Canal Expert

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 4 febbraio 2012

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As the CEO of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), Alberto Alemán Zubieta will share his expertise on the Canal’s current operations and future expansionist plans on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the U.S. Grains Council’s upcoming 9th International Marketing Conference and 52nd Annual Membership Meeting in Panama.“No one else has his depth of experience on this topic,” praised Kurt Shultz, USGC regional director. “We are very excited about this opportunity for Council members and attendees to see his presentation.”Under his leadership, the ACP has been proactive in transforming the Canal into a world leader in maritime industry service, making it a cornerstone of global transportation and a model of excellence.
A graduate of Texas A&M University’s Civil Engineering Program, Sr. Zubieta served as head of one of Panama’s largest construction companies before being appointed as administrator of the Panama Canal Commission, the U.S. agency then responsible for overseeing the Canal.In 1998, he was named administrator of the Panama Canal Authority and served the Commission and the ACP concurrently for two years, assuring continuity in Canal management when control transitioned from the United States to the Republic of Panama. Sr. Zubieta has received national and international recognition, including Latin Trade magazine’s “Distinguished Service in the Hemisphere Award.” In 2010, Lloyd’s List named him one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Shipping.”

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Panama Informational Tour Showcases Big Developments

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 13 gennaio 2012

Panama Western Provinces Map

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For a study in big, big construction and transportation technology, make plans for the Panama Canal field trip scheduled on Feb. 15 as part of the U.S. Grains Council’s 9th International Marketing Conference and 52nd Annual Membership Meeting in Panama City, Panama. The Canal, completed in 1914, continues to be one of the biggest engineering feats ever built and still remains a relevant component in world trade infrastructure. The Council’s informational tour begins with the Miraflores Lock where members can admire the scope and grandeur of the original Canal.Next, the tour will visit a container yard, where gantry cranes dwarf the biggest farm equipment, to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of container shipping. Witness the frenzy of shipping activity and hear how Panama is planning to capitalize its location to become a major leader in container trade.Finally, a drive to Panama’s Pacific Coast where new, bigger locks are under construction will offer a prime opportunity to learn about the international effort to expand and streamline the Canal with the hope of revolutionizing modern shipping.

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Transforming the Council Begins in Panama2016

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 13 gennaio 2012

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Panama Canal modernization isn’t the only fresh, new development to be explored at the U.S. Grains Council’s February membership meeting. Transforming the Council itself will be part of the agenda, as the Council debuts its newly approved strategic plan for 2012 to .“This will be more than a report,” said Tom Sleight, Vice President of Operations and Membership. “From hallway discussions to working sessions, members can expect to see and be part of applying this plan to guide the Council’s work.”Sleight, who called the plan “transformational,” also promises it is highly comprehensive. “It offers a very strategic analysis of the Council’s strengths and weaknesses and of the opportunities and threats we face,” he commented. “It goes beyond strategic goals to outline the actions we must take, how we will measure performance, and the next steps in that process.“We think members and outside stakeholders will be excited about the expanded initiatives in this plan and their implications for strengthening our export programs,” Sleight said.The plan, approved by the Council’s Board of Directors on Dec. 13, was developed with input from three primary sources: an in-depth analysis of the Council’s international structure and country programs; a comprehensive strategic communications initiative based on extensive interviews with internal and external stakeholders; and an ongoing discussion and evaluation by the Board and officers of organizational challenges posed by a changing global marketplace. details of the plan will be released at the Council’s opening general session on Monday morning, Feb. 13, at the Hotel Riu Plaza Panama in Panama City. For further meeting details or to register, go to http://www.grains.org and click on the meeting link on the right side of the home screen.

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Impact of Canal Expansion on U.S. Grain and Soybean Exports

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 29 ottobre 2011

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The Panama Canal set a new record for total cargo volume – 322 million tons – in fiscal 2011, outstripping 2010’s volume by 7.1 percent and breaking the previous record, set in 2007, by 2.9 percent.A transportation study by the United Soybean Board (USB) projects that the total volume of soybean and grain traffic through the canal will increase by 30 percent when the canal opens a third lane of locks in 2014. This new larger, shipping lane will expand the average area for barge transport from 70 to over 150 miles. And assuming the ports will dredge to ensure passage of larger ships, the expansion is expected to save about $.35 cents per bushel on transportation costs for elevators within range of the central Gulf of Mexico ports.The canal’s increased capacity will also allow a Panama ship originating in southern Louisiana to load an additional 13,300 metric tons (524,000 bushels) of corn per trip, increasing each shipment’s value by about $3.4 million. The USB analysis indicates the total volume of grain and soybeans transiting the Panama Canal will increase 30 percent (426 million bushels) by 2020/2021. The U.S. Grains Council will host its annual meeting in Panama City, Panama, Feb. 13-15, 2012. Mark your calendars and don’t miss your opportunity to hear about this and more at this must-attend meeting.

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Panama canal and port Corpus Christi sign agreement

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 15 settembre 2011

Gulf of Mexico, near Corpus Christi, Texas

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Corpus Christi, Texas – The Panama Canal Authority joined the Port in Corpus Christi today at the Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz International Center to celebrate the Port’s 85th anniversary and sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work with one other to promote trade opportunities. With cotton as its first cargo, 85 years ago Port Corpus Christi opened its doors to the world of commerce. With petrochemical products as its primary cargo, Port Corpus Christi has grown to be the 5th largest U.S. port in tonnage.
The Port plans to diversify its cargo base, develop important infrastructure projects, such as the dredging of the extension of the La Quinta Channel and the expansion of the Port’s rail capabilities, which will enable the Port to better serve its customers. These projects, as well as several others, continue to attract new industry to the Port, helping to create new jobs for the region and to open new shipping trade routes opportunities through the Gulf of Mexico. By taking advantages of the opportunities the Panama Canal, Port Corpus Christi will become South Texas’ strategic shipping link to the world through the Gulf of Mexico.
Future private investment projects are expected to impact the growth of the Port in the near future, namely the construction of a steel pipe mill by Tianjin Pipe Corporation, the expansion of the Port’s Bulk Terminal to support long term leases with Ambre and Millennium for the handling of their coal exports operations to Asia, South America and Europe and the future sale of its Ingleside Facility to Canyon Supply & Logistics, Inc., an offshore drilling service company.
The Canal’s expansion is on schedule, following the recent commencement of the permanent concrete work for the new locks. The $5.25 billion project includes the construction of a new set of locks that will allow the transit of longer and wider ships. http://www.pancanal.com/.
About the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) The ACP is the autonomous agency of the Government of Panama in charge of managing, operating and maintaining the Panama Canal. The operation of the ACP is based on its organic law and the regulations approved by its Board of Directors.
About Port Corpus Christi As the primary economic engine of the Coastal Bend, Port Corpus Christi is 5th largest port in the United States in total tonnage. The Port’s mission statement is to “serve as a regional economic development catalyst while protecting and enhancing its existing industrial base and simultaneously working to diversify its international maritime cargo business.” Strategically located on the western Gulf of Mexico, with a straight, 45’ deep channel, the Port provides quick access to the Gulf and the entire United States inland waterway system. The Port delivers outstanding access to overland transportation with on-site and direct connections to three Class-1 railroads and uncongested interstate and state highways. The Port is protected by a state-of-the-art security department and an award-winning Environmental Management System. With outstanding management and operations staff, Port Corpus Christi is clearly “More Than You Can Sea.”

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