Best Videos About The Panama Canal

If you’ve transited the Panama Canal, or are planning a Panama Canal Cruise, you will definitely want to get a copy of my book PANAMA CANAL DAY.  The book is loosely based on the commentary I give from the bridge on ships transiting the Canal … but much expanded.  It’s great background, not just about the history of the Canal, but  how that history fits into the history of Panama and the Americas.

Most of the ships I’ve been on transiting the Panama Canal show old, outdated videos about the Canal, typically telling only the part of the story about the US construction, even, as in the case of the David McCullough video, questioning if Panama will be able to successfully manage the Canal! The gigantic mass-market cruise ships happily use the Canal as a sales toll to generate bookings, but once they get you onboard treat the Canal and Panama Canal day as a giant inconvenience to the main goal of getting you to spend money. Sometimes I think they forget the reason why people booked a Panama Canal Cruise in the first place.

So, first, buy my book and second watch these two great videos! The first is the best history of the Canal from the inception to the US turnover of the Canal to Panama. And the second is all about the Panama Canal Expansion program that was completed last summer, and what it means for the future of not just the Panama Canal but for worldwide shipping and the international economy. You’ll get to see behind the scenes of the construction and actually see inside the giant tunnels that feed water into the new locks.

These are the videos the cruise lines should show onboard. They are by far they far the best comprehensive videos about the Panama Canal.



This is information you won’t get on most gigantic cruise ships, but it will make your trip through the Canal so much more enjoyable!

Largest Vessel Yet Fittingly Named

The largest vessel yet to go through the Panama Canal using the new megalocks is fittingly named CMA CGM THEODORE ROOSEVELT.

Panama City, Panama, August 22, 2017 – Today, the Panama Canal welcomed the largest capacity vessel to ever transit the Expanded Locks, the CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt. The Neopanamax containership, which began its voyage from Asia, will be making stops along the U.S. East Coast.

The CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt has a Total TEU Allowance (TTA) of 14,863 and measures 365.96 meters in length and 48.252 meters in beam. To put the scale of this enormous ship into perspective, its length is roughly the equivalent of laying end to end two Great Pyramids of Giza, four Big Bens, or eight Statues of Liberty.

“Today’s transit not only represents the growing success and adoption of the Expanded Canal, but also its impact on reshaping world trade,” said Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano.

The CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt is deployed on the new OCEAN Alliance’s weekly South Atlantic Express (SAX) service, which connects Asia and U.S. East Coast ports via the Panama Canal. The SAX service is composed of 11 vessels ranging in size from 11,000 to 14,000 TEUs, including vessels which also transited the Expanded Canal earlier in May becoming the largest capacity ships to do so at time.

The CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt began its voyage in Shanghai and will soon call on ports along the U.S. East Coast. Stops will include Norfolk, Savannah, and Charleston, all of which have seen strong growth and record-breaking tonnage, following investments made to accommodate the larger vessels now able to transit the Expanded Canal. For this voyage, the CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt will also call on the Port of New York and New Jersey, which recently completed a four year, $1.6 billion project to raise the Bayonne Bridge to 215 ft. The move will allow the nation’s third-largest port for the first time to accept ships larger than 9,500 TEU to reach three of its four main terminals.

In addition to the vessel’s record-breaking capacity, what’s notable about the transit of the CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt is that it also highlights the Panama Canal’s ability to reduce CO2 emissions compared to alternative routes. By traveling through Panama, the vessel saved 29,561 tons of CO2 in bypassing the Cape of Good Hope.

Emission reductions have been a key focus of the Expanded Canal, which celebrated its one-year anniversary in June. In its first year of operation, the Expanded Canal contributed to the reduction of 17 million tons of CO2 thanks to the shorter traveling distance and larger cargo carrying capacity that it offers to customers.

Looking forward to the 2018 fiscal year, which begins on October 1, the Panama Canal Authority is projected to accommodate approximately 13,000 vessels, including 2,335 Neopanamax vessels for a record tonnage of 429.4 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS).


Panama gets over $1 billion from Canal

DSC_0258Panama’s National Treasury will get more than $1 billion from The Panama Canal Authority whose Board of Directors has approved the 2016 payment. The payment includes money for services rendered by the state, as well as the surplus revenue for the year.

The amount is virtually the same as the amount budgeted at the beginning of the year. The fiscal year, runs from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016.

Of the total, $630.7 million represents the economic surplus from operations, $380 million to the rights per ton of transit and $2.4 million to the payment for services rendered by the State, the Authority said.

There were 13,114 transits moving 330.7 million tons of cargo and generating tolls of $1.9 billion.

001 (10)With the expansion of the Canal now complete, it is estimated that the contribution to the state will triple in 10 years. For the 2017 fiscal year the contribution of the channel is expected to be $ 1.6 billion.

The expansion of the Canal with the new locks allows the passage of much larger ships with capacity to carry up to 13,000 containers and the new locks, which cost about $6 billion have already generated $5.45 billion dollars.

The main project of the project, the third set of locks, was built by the Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) consortium, led by the Spanish company Sacyr.

The canal which accounts for about 6 percent of world trade and was built by the US at the beginning of the last century, and links more than 140 sea routes and 1,700 ports in 160 different countries.

In 17 years of Panamanian administration, the Panama Canal has delivered a total of $11.6 billion direct contribution to Panama. During the 85 years of US administration the US paid Panama a total of only $1.8 billion.

Richard Detrich Panama CanalThe US ran the Canal as a service and not as a profitable business. Already realizing that the locks were too small, the US planned and in the 1930’s began a Canal expansion similar to the expansion completed by Panama.The US project was derailed by World War II and the US never found the money or the will to finish the expansion. Panama by direct vote of the entire nation decided to complete the expansion and opened the new locks in June 2016.