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Title: The Panama Canal spillway = el Canal de Panamá spillway
Alternate Title: Spillway
Canal de Panamá Spillway
Spillway del Canal de Panamá
Physical Description: 37 v. : ill. ; 43 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Canal Zone
Canal Zone
Panama Canal Company
United States -- Panama Canal Commission
United States
Publisher: Panama Canal
Place of Publication: Balboa Hights C.Z
Balboa Hights C.Z
Publication Date: February 5, 1988
Copyright Date: 1986
Frequency: biweekly[jan. 6, 1984-1999]
weekly[ former -dec. 23, 1983]
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periodical   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: Republic of Panama -- Canal Zone -- Balboa -- Balboa Heights
Coordinates: 8.95 x -79.566667 ( Place of Publication )
Language: Text in English and Spanish; Spanish text inverted.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 1, no. 33 (Feb. 1, 1963)-Vol. 37, no. 26 (Dec. 30, 1999).
Issuing Body: Issued by: Government of the Canal Zone <June 24, 1966-June 13 1969>; by the Panama Canal Company, <Aug. 13, 1976>-Sept. 14, 1979; by the Panama Canal Commission, Sept. 20, 1979-Dec. 1999.
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General Note: Imprint varies: Balboa Hights, <1966-1978>; Miami, Fla., <1979-1982>; Balboa Heights, Pan. <1983>-1999.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 5, no. 1 (June 24, 1966); title from caption.
General Note: Vols. for 1994-1995 distributed to depository libraries in microfiche.
General Note: Special "80th anniversary supplement" issue published on Aug. 12, 1994.
General Note: Special ed. for 65th anniversary of the Panama Canal issued at end of Oct. 1979, is also a joint issue with: The News: authorized unofficial publication of the U.S. Armed Forces, Quarry Heights, Panama, and includes the text of the Panama Canal Act.
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Volume ID: VID00084
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Preceded by: Spillway
Succeeded by: Faro (Balboa, Panama)

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"QE2" breaks tolls record on

15th Panama Canal transit

The Queen Elizabeth 2 set a new
Panama Canal toll record January 21
paying $106,782.33 for its southbound
transit during its 1988 around-the-
world cruise. This was the 15th transit
for the luxurious liner, which had held
the Canal toll record since its first transit
on March 25, 1975, until it was broken

Midshipmen train
with Commission
Panama Canal Commission person-
nel from many different units have been
sharing their expertise with midshipmen
from the Panama Nautical School.
Coordinated by the Maritime Training
Unit, the annual training and orienta-
tion program began this year on
January 19. The 33 participants will
complete their training February 11,
and closing ceremonies will be held
February 12.
This is the 17th year the program has
been in effect. Because of the additional
training opportunities afforded second-
and third-year midshipmen in other
areas, this year's program has been
significantly expanded for the first-year
students to include new activities such
as lectures, on-site training and even
technical English classes. The coordi-
nator for this year's activities, Capt.
Orlando Allard, was assisted by pilot
understudies, mariy of whom attended
the Nautical School themselves. The
cooperation of participating units also
ensured the success of the program.
For the first time ever, a unique
opportunity was offered to the Nautical
School by the California Maritime
Academy for training 14 second-year
midshipmen aboard the CMA ship
Golden Bear. In addition, third-year
deck and engineer midshipmen began
working as student assistants in a
special program developed by towboat
and engineer training officers in the
Maritime Training-Unit. Reports on the
training programs for the second- and
third-year midshipmen appear on
page 3.

last year by the Marine Ace, a car and
container carrier that paid $99,863.10
on its maiden transit. Thousands of
people gathered along the Canal to
watch the famous QE2, which is 963 feet
long and 105 feet in beam, squeeze
through the 1000- by 110-feet locks.
On board during the transit were
Panama Canal Commission senior
admeasurers Eva Hunnicutt and Clif-
ford Lanterman, who were finishing the
tonnage calculations for the tolls
assessment. They had boarded the
cruise 'ship in Fort Lauderdale to
remeasure it following a major refur-
bishing last year, which included
conversion from a steam turbine to a
diesel-electric drive system. Hunnicutt
had reviewed the QE2:v new plans
noting changes requiring admeasure-
ment, and the Commission was asked
to put the admeasurers on board in
Florida to avoid delaying the ship in
(Continued on page 4)

Business as usual
The "Queen Elizabeth 2," whose agent is C. B. Fenton & Company, makes its
record-breaking transit through the Panama Canal as the overhaul of the east lane
continues at Miraflores Locks. Overhaul of the east chamber was completed last
month, and the overhaul of the west lane has been rescheduled for February 18 to
24 to reduce congestion and better accommodate Canal users.



Vol. XXVI, No. 3
Friday, February 5, 1988

Board notes operational safety, efficiency

Board meeting souvenir
Panama Canal Commission Board
Chairman William R. Gianelli presents
a plaque to Long Beach Port Commis-
sioner President David Hauser com-
memorating last month's Board of
Directors meeting in California.

New surveys equipment arrives at Canal
The Surveys Branch will soon be reflectors mounted on the mast of the
sounding and charting the depths of the survey vessel. The time it takes the bean
Panama Canal using new equipment to return to the shore station determines
from the Houston-based company the vessel's exact position in the
Comstar Inc. Procured at a cost of channel. In unrestricted areas, a range
about $400,000, the system can be used positioning system emits radio waves
to quickly determine the depth of a from four different shore stations
specific point in the Canal channel. simultaneously toward the vessel. Th(
The new equipment integrates two vessel then returns the signal to the
positioning systems and an echo stations, which measure the distance o
sounder with an on-board computer the survey launch from the shore to
that produces an instantaneous chart of determines its position,
the exact location being scanned. One While the positioning system deter
positioning system will be used in mines tiie launch's place in the channel
narrow sections of the Canal like the depthlsounder pumps sound wave:
Gaillard Cut, and the other in, more through the water, graphing the echo to
open areas. produce a channel-bottom contour oi
The system for restricted areas uses a thermographic paper. A separate dis
laser beam, emitted from a station on play tells the operator how many fee
shore, that bounces off a ring of the launch is from the established

At the meeting of the Panama Canal
Commission Board of Directors last
month, the continuing safety and
efficiency of Panama Canal operations
and the progress made in increasing
a'an m ni:;p .:;''-icipationr th roughoul
the Commission work force were noted.
The board accepted the 1990 budget
premises and authorized the Commis-
sion to proceed with the preparation of
the budget for that fiscal year. The
board- also approved an accounting
change to allow the Commission to
reserve funds to pay the cost of injury
compensation under the Federal Em-
ployees' Compensation Act (FECA)
after the Canal is turned over to the
Republic of Panama.
After discussion on the impact of
deteriorating road conditions on the
movement of Commission personnel
and equipment, it was agreed that a
technical team from the government of
Panama would meet with Commission

technicians to pursue a prompt solution
to the problem. The board also heard
reports on the conversion of the
Commission to a revolving-fund agency
and the Gaillard Cut widening study.
The board normally meets three
times each year in Panama and once in
the United States. This meeting was
held at the Port of Long Beach, Calif.,
to give members a firsthand look at one
of the Canal's principal forms of
competition-the intermodal rail sys-
tem and container-transfer facility
there. As an adjunct to the formal
meeting, board members toured the
ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles
and received briefings by the Long
Beach Port Authority, the Intermodal
Container Transfer Facility, the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers on West
Coast port activities and development
and American President Lines.
The next board meeting is scheduled
for mid-April in Panama.







surveying line.-
The computer assembles all the
vessel-position and bottom-contour
information to produce a small initial
chart. after the diskettes with, the
survey data are taken ashore to the
Surveys Branch wherQ a larger and
more complete chart is prepared using
another computer.
The new equipment, received in early
January, is currently undergoing testing
to fine-tune it to Canal conditions.

New equipment Photo by Armando De Gracia
New equipment
Jaime Rodriguez, chief of field operations for the Gamboa survey station, shows
survey technician Ralph Martie and seaman Rafael Castillo some of the features of
the new survey system that integrates a depth sounder, computer, range finder and
laser positioning system.

Traffic advisory
One-way traffic restrictions on the
Bridge of the Americas will be in
effect every Sunday afternoon this
dry season or until further notice.
Between 5 and 5:30, 6 and 6:30 and 7
and 7:30, only eastbound travel
(moving toward Panama City) will
be permitted on the bridge.



Friday, February 5, 1988

AIRS requires

social security

on dependents

Panama Canal Commission em-
ployees who file U.S. income tax
returns are reminded that the Internal
Revenue Service requires that social
security numbers be shown for U.S.
citizens and their dependents over 5
years of age, regardless of the citizenship
of the dependents. Social security cards
may be obtained through the U.S.
Embassy Consulate Office, located in
Edificio De Diego at- Balboa Avenue
and 40th Street in Panama City.
U.S. resident aliens (green card
holders) are also advised to contact the
consulate for information on social
security numbers for themselves and
their eligible dependents.
Consulate office hours are from 8:00
a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through
Friday, and the telephone numbers are
:27-1777 or 52-5248, extension 223. The
required documents are:
your passport;
your green card (for resident
your PCC identification card; and
your child's passport, birth certifi-
cate or Report of U.S. Citizen Born


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Photo by Armando De Gracia
Total wreck
Jacob Bustavino looks at the wreck-
age of his proud possession, feeling
some consolation that his seat belt
saved him from severe injuries like
those suffered by the driver who ran
into him.

By David Constable

Jacob Bustavino, a Motor Transpor-
tation Division mechanic, was driving
his personal car north along Gaillard
Highway on his way to lunch, keeping
his eye on oncoming traffic, but
thinking about what he could eat that
would be in keeping with his diet. Just
past the intersection near the Panama
Canal Training Center, he was startled
to see an oncoming vehicle breaking
ranks and heading his way. "It
happened too fast," he recalls. "All I
could do was sit tight and brace myself
for the impact of what turned out to be a
head-on collision."
After the initial shock, Bustavino,
who had been strapped in his seat belt,
checked himself to see "if I was still in
one piece." He was, although he later
discovered that he had a bruised
shoulder from the seat belt and that he
had jolted his neck and upper back,

requiring him to wear a neck brace fora
couple of days.
After, the accident, Bustavino was
unable to open his door, so someone
carefully helped him out of the
passenger side of the car, avoiding the
broken glass from the windshield.
The driver of the other car did not
fare so well; he was unconscious and
bleeding profusely from his forehead.
According to Bustavino, the car was
equipped with seat belts, but the driver
was not wearing his. At the hospital
where they were both taken, Bustavino
found out that the other driver had
some fractured ribs.
Although his 1987 car is a total wreck
and he expects that it will require a court
battle to get what he considers a fair
settlement, Bustavino is glad that he was
at least protected from serious injury by
his seat belt. He pays strict attention to
Panama Canal Commission regula-
tions and educational programs on seat
belts, wearing one both on and off the

South American tour
Explore the lost city of the Incas,
Lake Titicaca and La Paz and other
South American landmarks on a tour
with Ed Armbruster. The group will
leave Panama on March 26 and return
April 2. For information, call 86-4988
or 52-5132.
Education class
"Introduction to Early Childhood
Education," a three-credit course, will
be offered at the Panama Canal College
from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and
Thursday from February 23 to May 5.
Students should register today at the
college from 8 to 3.
Surplus sale
The Defense Reutilization and Mar-
keting Office will conduct a surplus sale
on February 25 at Building 745,
Corozal. Customers may inspect pro-
perty from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on
February 22 and 23. Registration of
bidders will begin at 7 the day of the
sale. Items to be sold include exercise
equipment; household furnishings; elec-
trical, electronic and entertainment
equipment; and trucks.

Attention, artisans!
Vendors interested in selling arts and
crafts at a spring bazaar sponsored by
the Sacred Heart Altar Rosary Society
should call Katherine Heddaeus at 52-
Jungle-rules volleyball
The Panama Canal Commission
Employee Fitness Branch will sponsor a
"jungle-rules" volleyball competition,
starting March 2. Team registration is
under way at the Diablo Playshelter
(Building 5140). For more information,
call 52-682-7 after 1:30 p.m.

!CC meeting
The Isthmian College Club will meet
at 4 p.m. on Monday, February 8, in
the Falcon Room of the Albrook
Officers' Club. Guest speaker Judy
Salas will present her line of tembleque
originals. Members and guests are

Off you go,
into the wild
blue yonder
Learn to fly in a seven- to eight-week
pilot ground school that begins Feb-
ruary 16 at Rodman. Classes will meet
from 7 to 9:30 on Tuesday and
Thursday evenings. The course pre-
pares beginners for the written private
pilot test.
There are no prerequisites, but class
size is limited, so sign up early at
Building 65, Rodman, or by calling 84-


Administrator, Panama Canal Commission Deputy Administrator
Director of Public Affairs Deputy Director of Public Affairs
Press Officer Editor
The SPILLWAY is an official Panama Canal publication. Articles may be reprinted without further permission by crediting
the PANAMA CANAL SPILLWAY as the source. News items should arrive in the Press Office by noon, Thursday, the week
prior to publication. Only urgent, official material will be accepted after the deadline. Subscriptions for 52 issues are $6 regular mail,
$4 regular mail students and $19 airmail. Send check or money order payable to the Panama Canal Commission to the Office of
Public Affairs, APO Miami 34011-5000.

PDK picnic
Phi Delta Kappa will hold its annual
dry-season picnic at 5 p.m. on Friday,
February 19, at Albrook Bohio. Re-
servations must be made by Feb-
ruary 12 by contacting Margaret Leigh
at 86-4146 or 23-584:
Balboa Dive Club
The Balboa Dive Club will hold its
next meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Wednes-
day, February 10, at the Panama
Canal Training Center. The meeting
will feature a presentation on saltwater
Motocross competition
The American Pacific Sportsmen's
Association will hold its first dirt race
for the year at the Cocoli track on the
west side of Miraflores Locks on
Sunday, February 7. Admission at the
gate is $2, and the action begins at 11
The Employee Fitness Branch is
sponsoring racquetball clinics at 4:30
p.m. on Tuesdays at the. Balboa
racquetball court. In addition, a
tournament featuring two levels of
competition for men and an open class
for women is planned. The tournament
will be open only to Panama Canal
Commission employees. Register now
by calling 52-2903 between 1:30 and
8:30 p.m.
Costa Rica tour
The Men's Guild of Colon's Epis-
copal Christ Church By-the-Sea is
sponsoring a sightseeing and shopping
tour to Costa Rica, leaving Colon
February 24 and returning March 2.
The package includes lodging, breakfast
and supper at Hotel Johnson. Proceeds
will be used for the restoration of the
church, which was built in 1865 and has
been declared a national historic
For more information, call the
church office at 47-0283, tour director
Leonard Dobson at 47-9013 or Gerald
Roberts at 47-7706.

Emergency Preparedness
The Panama Canal Amateur Radio
Association will conduct an emergency
preparedness field day at Contractors
Hill from 9 a.m. tomorrow until noon
on February 7. Everyone is welcome to
view ham radio operations in action.
For more information, call 52-2690.
Scholarship reminder
The application deadline for the
Isthmian College Club scholarships to
be awarded this spring is March 7.
Forms are available at Cristobal,
Balboa and St. Mary's high schools; the
Panama Canal College; and Florida
State, Oklahoma State and Nova
Nova programs
A master's-level course in applied
linguistics and teaching English as a
second language and an undergraduate
paralegal and legal assistant program
begin this month at Nova University.
A meeting to discuss the program will
be held at 4:30 today in Nova's Diablo
office. Space is limited, so registration of
qualified applicants will be handled on a
first-come-first-served basis through
February 19.
For more information, speak to Dr.
Martin C. Taylor at the Nova office
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or call 52-
2071 or 52-2442.
Audubon activities
The Panama Audubon Society
meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday,
February I1, at the Panama Canal
Commission Training Center will
feature a color presentation on the
October 1986 landslide at the Panama
Canal. From February 13 through 15,
the society will hold a bird count in
Chiriqui, and a family picnic is planned
for March 12 in Gamboa. For further
information on the Chiriqui count, call
Carol Meyer (23-9268) or Nathan Gale
(52-6614). Hortensia Broce (56-6234) is
looking for volunteers to help with the

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Health and safety spotlight

Seat belt saves PCC mechanic


Friday, February 5. 1988

Permanent positions
Accounting Technician, NM-6 (Only PCC Employees
will be considered) . . . . . . .

Cash Control Services Assistant, NM-5/9 (Only PCC
employees will be considered) . . . . .

Management Analyst, NM-9/II . . . .

Messenger (Motor Vehicle Operator), NM-2 (Driver's
license required) (Only PCC employees will be
considered) . . . . . . . . .

Applications must be submitted to the Employment and Placen
Ancon, or Building 7998, Margarita, on Form 443, Application for T
days from the date of this publication. Qualifications standards may
Canal Commission Technical Resources Center. Further information
Employment and Placement Branch, telephone 52-3583, 52-7996 or
The rates of pay reflect the minimum and maximum hourly base
advertised. Employees selected will be placed in the appropriate step a
with regulations.
The Panama Canal Commission is an equal opport






Panamanian midshipmen finish training cruise

Fourteen second-year midshipmen
from the Panama Nautical School will
complete a 10-day training cruise
aboard the California Maritime Aca-
demy ship Golden Bear today. Their
trip began with a northbound transit
through the Panama .Canal and
continued in the Caribbean. This was
the first year the program was offered,
and organizers expressed interest in its
SThe Panamanian midshipmen, ac-
companied by three instructors from
the Nautical School, were divided into
four groups. Because the training was
conducted in English, each group was
assigned a bilingual CMA midshipmen
as an interpreter.
Robert Gray, a Canal pilot and
graduate of the California Maritime
Academy, worked with the academy on
the project. The Panama Nautical
School offers on-board training to fifth-
year students only, and could not cover
the expenses for this cruise. However,
because of the importance of the
program and the valuable maritime
experience that it provides to the
students, Gray organized a fund-raising
campaign that brought in $5,000 in
donations. Contributions were received
from many who recognized the im-
portance of such an opportunity,
including the Panama Canal Pilots
Branch, local steamship agents and
alumni of several maritime academies.
"I think we have a moral responsibi-

lity to help those who will follow in our
footsteps," Gray said. "That's why 1
contributed, and I think it's the reason
most people contributed."
Gray and representatives of both the
California Maritime Academy and the
Panama Nautical School are all hopeful
that the program will continue. Lorgio
Avila, a Nautical School instructor,
says that it gives the midshipmen a
better grasp of the positions for which
they are training. Gray also feels the

training is valuable to participants. "It
exposes them to the life on board ship
and to what their routine will be when
they graduate."
Excess money from the fund-raising
campaign was used to establish a
"Friends of the Nautical School" fund.
It is expected that these efforts will lead
to the formation of an active alumni
society to support the school and allow
midshipmen to participate in future


"On Golden Bear" Photo by Arthur Pollack
"On Golden Bear"
Canal pilot Robert Gray gives some instructions to Panama Nautical School
midshipmen during their Panama Canal transit aboard the California Maritime
Academy training ship "Golden Bear."

Lump-sum payment
temporarily divided

Lo- va- A temporary change affecting lump-
ca- can-
rnit tion cies sum contribution withdrawals from the
Civil Service Retirement System
Fin. Mgmt. P 3 (CSRS) is in effect for retirees whose
annuities begin between January 4,
1988, and September 30, 1989.
Fin. Mgmt. P I During this period, the lump sum
payable to non-disability retirees will be
Admin. Svcs. P l divided into two payments. The first will
be payable upon retirement and will
represent 60 percent of the lump sum;
Canal Svcs. P I the remaining 40 percent plus interest
nent Branch, Building 366. will be paid one year afterward.
Transfer, no later than seven If no further Congressional changes
be reviewed at the Panama are made to the lump-sum provisions,
n may be obtained from the
46-7219. employees retiring after October 1,
e for the grades of positions 1989, will be entitled to a full single
ind wage base in accordance payment.

tunity employer.

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Miraflores Theater closed,
The Miraflores Theater is closed
through October while a project to
replace the building is under way.
The public is still welcome to visit
Miraflores Locks between 9 a.m.
and 5 p.m. daily.

Student assistants
tackle marine duties
The Maritime Training Unit has
organized two student assistant pro-
grams this year for third-year midship-
men from the Panama Nautical School.
The program for deck students is being
offered for the first time this year, while
the engineer program was first given last
Captain Marco Collazos is the
coordinator for the six-week deck
program that ends March 15. The 18
participants have been divided into
three groups. They will spend two weeks
training with the Dredging Division and
four weeks with the Canal Services
Division, two in the Southern District
and two in the Northern District. At
each location, the trainee will work
under the direct supervision of a tug
captain for one week, the tug engineer
for two days and the boatswain for the
last three days.
Eight marine engineer midshipmen
are participating in the 89-day work-
study program, which is being coordi-
nated by Donald L. Lipman, marine
engineer training officer. During the
first six weeks of the program, the
trainees will be assigned to work with
designated engineers aboard Pacific
towboats. This will enable them to gain
hands-on experience, while at the same
time, providing a useful service to the
Marine Bureau.
During the last half of the program,
they will be assigned to the shipyard at
Mount Hope. This part of their training
will be coordinated by Industrial
Division Chief C. P. Corrigan. Accord-
ing to Lipman, shipyard experience is
invaluable for future marine engineers.

SPILLWAY deadline
The deadline for the February 19
issue of the SPILLWAY will be
advanced to 11:45 a.m. on February 10
because of the Washington's Birthday
holiday and carnival celebration. Call
the editor at 52-3202 for further

PCC firefighters deliver infant


Family portrait mnoo oy usan n. laobler
Jarubi Diosbell Jimenez Gonzdlez is admired by her mother, Nilsol Gonzdlez;
godparents, Sgt. George Brathwaite and driver-operator Eugenio "Bobby"
Roberts, of the Panama Canal Commission Fire Division; and father, Victor
Manuel Jimdnez.

By Susan K. Stabler
On Tuesday, January 12, a baby girl
named Jarubi Diosbell Jim6nez Gonza-
lez was born in Ciudad Arco Iris to
Nilsol Gonzalez and Victor Manuel
Jim6nez. Her birth was normal except
for one small thing. She was delivered
on the sofa of her parents'apartment by
Northern District firefighters Sgt.
George Brathwaite and driver-operator
Eugenio "Bobby" Roberts, who arrived
via ambulance just in the nick of time.
The call announcing a "childbirth in
process" arrived at the Mount Hope
station at 8:08 a.m. Brathwaite and
Roberts responded immediately. On
their arrival at the multifamily unit in
Ciudad Arco Iris, a teenage boy met the
ambulance to guide them to the right
place. Three flights up, in Apartment B-
14, the firefighters found the mother
lying on the sofa with the baby's head

already clearly showing. It was 8:11 a.m.
One minute later, little Jarubi was born.
Roberts says, "When we got the call, I
thought back to my training in
childbirth, and it all came back to me
just the way I was taught." While
Brathwaite assisted with the actual
delivery, Roberts delivered the placenta.
The firefighters worked together to clip
and clamp the baby's umbilical cord,
then Brathwaite cleaned the baby while
Roberts attended her mom. Brathwaite
says it was all over pretty fast and adds,
"Thank God, it was an uncomplicated
Following the birth, the firefighters
took mother and child to Amador
Guerrero Hospital in Colon. On the
baby's return home, Brathwaite and
Roberts, who have been asked to be the
baby's godparents, presented her with a
gift, a plastic baby carrier so she can sit
up and see her world.

Position Vacancy List
for Panama Canal Commission and other
U.S. government agency employees only

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Friday, February 5, 1988

Canal observes Black History Month

Black History Month is celebrated in
February to recognize the black
community for its contributions to
society. At the Panama Canal, blacks
played a major role in the construction
of the waterway and continue to be vital
members of the multiracial team that
operates and maintains it.
The Panama Canal Commission's
observance of Black History Month will
include a display of photos, books and a
bibliography on the role of blacks in the
construction of the Canal at the
Technical Resources Center from Feb-
ruary 14 through 20.
In addition, the SPILLWAY staff
surveyed different Commission job sites
to ask employees for their comments on
the roles and contributions of blacks in
the past and in the years to come. We
thank everyone who participated in the
survey. Excerpts from some of their
responses follow.
Walter Robinson, Launch/ Line-
handling Branch: I contribute by being
one of the best launch operators on the
Christopher McLean, Human Re-
sources Development Staff training
instructor: Blacks have been one of the
strongest pillars on which the Panama
Canal is built.
Eduardo L. Smith, Marine Bureau
supervisory budget anal st: Through-
out Canal history, blacks have made a
significant contribution to Canal oper-
ations and maintenance by performing
those tasks that no other group was able
or willing to perform.
Maritza Dawkins, Marine Bureau
clerk typist: Thanks to these people's

hard work, we PCC employees have
somewhere to earn our daily bread.
Edniundc Rogers, Canal Protection
Division lead guard: The history of the
Canal is replete with the sacrifice of
blacks. Many gave their lives and others
their health. There can be no greater
contributions than these.
Carlos Julio EsIino V., Pedro
Miguel Locks electrician: The contribu-
tions that blacks can make to the Canal
organization are many. In a certain
way, they feel that the Canal belongs to
them because of the sacrifices of their
ancestors during its construction. For
this reason, I think they will feel more
motivated to increase the efficiency of
the waterway.
Enrique Sdnchez, Construction
Management Branch general engineer:
The role of blacks as the canal enters the
21st century has been 'decreasing
numerically although blacks have taken
on positions of greater responsibility. In
the future, we would expect that our
role will be similar that which we play in
other Panamanian public institutions
(which the Commission is to become)
and not as large as in the early days.
Gloria E. Branch, Agents Accounts
Branch accounting technician: I feel
that the future contributions of blacks
to the Canal organization depend
mainly on the opportunities that they
are given. They have already proven
Ernesto Holder, Graphic Branch
audiovisual production specialist: It is
people's capacity to produce that should
determine their social recognition and
not their color.

Photo by Kevin Jenkins
British Aid Society vice president Elizabeth Leigh, center, receives a donation for
the society from Club El Pacifico Inc. of New York from the club's Panama
representative Pablo Kirven. Looking on are visiting club member Ethlyn Davis
Edwards, left, and British Aid Society members Ann Mayles and Pamela Spate. The
British Aid Society provides regular financial aid for destitute and aging West
Indian residents of Panama City and Colon. Club Pacifico is a charitable
organization comprised of New York residents who graduated from the former La
Boca High School.

Panama Canal Commission announces projects

The Engineering and Construction
Bureau has announced four new
projects for contract work. Pertinent
documents may be obtained in Room
343 of the Administration Building in
Balboa Heights.
Security lighting at the Miraflores
swing bridge will be installed under
project CC-88-44 at an estimated price
of less than $25,000. Bids will open
about March 3.
Installation of a gabion retaining wall
for slope protection at tower 24 of
transmission line 417 near Caceres
substation is called for under project
CC-88-47. It also has an estimated price
range below $25,000, and bids will open
about February 29.
Project CC-88-36 is fora toilet facility
at the Meteorological and Hydro-

graphic field office in Pedro Miguel'
The estimated price range is from
$25,000 to $100,000, and bids will open
about February 26.
Offers for project CC-88-51, which
involves asphalt road work in Gatun,
are due on February 29. The estimated
price range is between $100,000 and

Take note
Roger Nelson, a professional
actor who has devoted much of his
career to portraying the life of 18th
century revivalist John Wesley, will
be guest speaker at the 9 a.m. service
at the Balboa Union Church on
February 7. Visitors are invited.

Photo by Arthur Pollack
Commission entmologist Dr. Mel Boreham removes the 5%-foot fer-de-lance he
killed in the backyard of his home in Los Rios. Boreham warns others to be alert
during the dry season because snakes frequently invade residential areas in search
of water. To minimize the danger, try to keep the vegetation around your house
well-trimmed; remove items that could harbor snakes; and do not walk barefoot,
especially after dark. If a snake is spotted in a Panama Canal Commission housing
area, call 52-7466 or 52-3464 on the Pacific side and 43-5253 or 43-5259 on the

"QE2" (Continued from page 1)

However, traveling aboard the Cu-
nard flagship was not a cruise vacation
for Hunnicutt and Lanterman. They
had to work extra hours to get the job
done, sometimes missing meals that
were scheduled with typical British
punctuality. "We wanted to come back
with the final tonnage," Hunnicutt says.
"There's no way that we could have
done that working only eight hours a
The first day they both took physical
dimensions of the upper decks, where
eight new penthouse suites had been
added. During the rest of the voyage,
Lanterman did the measuring and
Hunnicutt made the calculations. "Lo-
cating the areas to be measured was the
hardest thing for me," Lanterman said.

Women's Week brings
full slate of activities
Sponsored annually by the Panama
Canal Commission Office of Equal
Opportunity, Women's Week will be
celebrated this year from March 14 to
18. Presentations by guest speakers
Henry Braddock, a clinical psychol-
ogist, and Gerry Starrett, a manage-
ment consultant, will be among the
activities supporting the theme,
"moving ahead together."
During Women's Week, the Admin-
istration Building Rotunda will serve as
a backdrop to display books, a slide
presentation and an art exhibition.
Employees are invited to display
photography, paintings or poetry in the
art exhibit. For more information, call
Alcira Arafz at 52-7909.

Military base decals for priva-
tely owned vehicles will be issued to
eligible personnel on Monday
through Friday, from Tuesday,
February 16, through Tuesday.
March 15. Pacific-side decals will be
issued from 8:30 a.m. to noon and I
to 4:30 p.m. at the 534th Motor IPol
(Building 152. Fort Clayton): At-
lantic decals will be issued from 8:30
to 11:30 and I to 4:30 at the Military
Police Station on Fort Davis.

Although the crew was very coopera-
tive, it took them a while to find their
way around the huge vessel, which is as
tall as a 13-story building.
They were able to use the ship's
computer training center for their
calculations because its equipment was
compatible with that of the Commis-
sion. "Passengers taking the computer
courses were interested in knowing
what the final tonnage would be,"
Lanterman recalls.
On its first transit in 1975, the QE2'
Panama Canal net tonnage was 38,961,
and the ship paid $42,077.38 in tolls.
For its second transit two years later,
the net tonnage rose to 53,074 and tolls
to $68,465.46 because public rooms
were no longer deductible after an
admeasurement rule change in 1976. On
April 12, 1986, its last transit before the
recent refitting, the net tonnage was
54,134 and the toll was $99,065.22. The
new net tonnage is 58,351.

The Washington Corner

Congress returns
for second session
The Washington Corner originates in
the Qffice of the Secretary in Wash-
ington, D.C. Suggestions should besent
to the Secretary, Panama Canal
Commission, 2000 L Street NW, Suite
550, Washington, D.C. 20036 or to the
SPILL WAY editor, Panama Canal
Commission, Room 100, Administra-
tion Building, Balboa Heights, Pan-
The second session of the 100th
Congress convened on January 25 to
resume where it left off last month on a
variety of matters affecting federal
workers and retirees. One of the priority
issues under consideration is the budget
for fiscal year 1989 (October 1. 1988,
through September 30, 1989), which
President Ronald Reagan will send to
Congress in mid-February. As in the
past, this column will provide you with
the latest information on issues that
pertain to the federal work force.

Paae 4

"QE2" impone marca en su

ultimo transito por el Canal

El Queen Elizabeth 2 estableci6 una
nueva marca de peajes el 21 de enero,
pagando $106,782.33 por transitar el
Canal de Panama rumbo al surdurante
su crucero decircunnavegaci6nde 1988.
Este fue el decimoquinto transito del
lujoso trasatlantico, que ostentaba la
marca de peajes en el Canal desde su
primer trinsito, el 25 de maro de 1975,
hasta que el carguero Marina Ace. pag6

Cadetes se adiestran
con la Comision

Personal de diferentes unidades de la
Comisi6n del Canal han compartido su
pericia con 33 cadetes de la Escuela
Nautica de Panama. Bajo la coordina-
ci6n de la Unidad de Adiestramiento
Maritimo, el program annual de
orientaci6n y adiestramiento comenz6
el 19 de enero. El mismo concluira el
II de febrero, y la ceremonia de
clausura se celebrard el 12 de febrero.
Este es el diecisieteavo anio del
program. Y, como este anio se
presentaron oportunidades adicionales
de adiestramiento para los cadetes de
segundo y tercer afio, el program de los
de primer afio se expandi6 de manera
significativa y se incluyeron nuevas
actividades como presentaciones, adies-
tramiento practice e incluso classes de
ingles t6cnico. El coordinator de
actividades este afio, el capital Orlando
Allard, fue asistido por practices del
Canal en formaci6n, muchos de ellos
ex-alumnos de la Escuela Nautica.
Otras unidades tambi6n contribuyeron
al 6xito del program con su participa-
Por primera vez, la Academia
Maritima de California ofrecid fna
singular ocasi6n de adiestramiento a 14
cadetes de segundo anio, a bordo del
buque escuela Golden Bear. Cadetes de
maquinaria y cubierta de tercer aflo
iniciaron un program especial, como
asistentes estudiantiles, ideado por
oficiales de adiestramiento en remol-
cadores e ingenieria de la Unidad de
Adiestramiento Maritimo. Informa-
ci6n sobre los programs de adiestra-
miento de cadetes de segundo y tercer
aiio aparecen en la pdgina 3.

$99,863.10 en su trinsito inaugural el
aRo pasado. Miles de personas se
congregaron a lo largo del Canal para
ver al famoso QE2-de 963 pies de
largo y 105 pies de manga-apretujarse
a trav6s de las esclusas de 1000 por 110
A bordo viajaban los arqueadores de
la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama Eva
Hunnicutt y Clifford L.anterman, que
terminaban de calcular el tonelaje para
fijar los peajes. Ambos abordaron la
nave en Fort Lauderdale para retomar
sus medidas, luego de una rehabilita-
ci6n a la nave el aflo pasado que incluy6
la conversion del sistema de propulsion
de turbines a vapor por uno diesel-
el6ctrico. Al revisar los nuevos pianos
del QE2, Hunnicutt detect muchos
cambios que requerian arqueo. Se le
pidi6 a la Comisi6n enviar arqueadores
abordo desde Florida para no retrasar
al QE2 en Panama.
Sin embargo, viajar a bordo de la
nave de la linea Cunard no fueron
(Continma en la pdgina 4)

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Avanzan trabajos mientras "QE2" transit Foto por Kevn Jenkins
El "Queen Elizabeth 2", cuyo agent es C. B. Fenton, realize su trdnsito, que
impuso un record por el Canal de Panam6, mientras progresan los trabajos de
reacondicionamiento en la via oriental de Miraflores. Los trabajos terminaron el
mes pasado. Los de la via occidentalse reprogramaron del 18 al 24 defebrero, para
evitar congestion y servir mejor a los usuarios del Canal.



P Vol. XXVI. NQ 3 "
Viernes 5 de febrero de 1988

Directivos notan eficiencia de operaciones

Gianelli entrega placa
William R. Gianelli, president de la
Junta Directiva de la Comisi6n del
Canal de Panamd, entrega una placa
al Comisionado del Puerto de Long
Beach, David Hauser, conmemorando
la reun6n celebrada en enero.

Lleg6 nuevo equipo de agrimensura y sondeo

El Ramo de Agrimensura pronto
sondeara e interpretara los datos de las
profundidades del Canal de PanamA
utilizando un nuevo equipo de la
Comstar Inc., de Houston. Adquirido a
un costo aproximado de $400,000, el
sistema puede determinar instantanea-
mente la profundidad de un punto
especifico del Canal.
El nuevo equipo consiste en dos
sistemas de posicionamiento (para fijar
la posici6n de la lancha de agrimensura
en el Canal, con referencia a un punto
conocido) y una sonda, unidos a una
computadora que produce una grafica
del sitio explorado. Uno de los sistemas
de posicionamiento sera utilizado en
areas estrechas del Canal como el Corte
Culebra, y el otro en Areas mas abiertas.
El sistema para Areas restringidas usa

Alerta conductores

Durante todo el verano o hasta
pr6ximo aviso, el trafico domini-
cal en el Puente de las Americas
sera de una via, permiti6ndose
6nicamente en direcci6n este
(hacia la ciudad de Panama) entire
5 y 5:30, 6 y 6:30, y 7 y 7:30 de la

un rayo laser emitido desde una
estaci6n en tierra, que rebota de un
anillo de reflectores en el mastil de la
lancha de agrimensura. El tiempo que
demora el rayo en regresar a tierra
determine la posici6n exacta de la nave
en el cauce del Canal. En areas mas
amplias, el otro sistema de posiciona-
miento emite ondas de radio desde
cuatro puntos distintos en tierra. La
lancha devuelve la serial, y, en base al
tiempo que demor6 el intercambio, se
calcula la posici6n de la nave.
Mientras el sistema de posiciona-
miento trabaja, la sonda envia ondas de
sonido a trav6s del agua, registrando el
eco para producer el contorno del fondo
del Canal en papel termografico. Una
pantalla separada indica al operator a
cuantos pies de distancia se encuentra la
lancha de la linea de sondeo establecida.
La computadora integra toda la
informaci6n referente a la posici6n de la
nave y al contorno del fondo del cauce
para producer un pequefio diagrama
initial. Luego, se Ileva el disco
magn6tico con la informaci6n al Ramo
de Agrimensura, donde se prepare con
otra computadora un diagrama mas
grande y mas complete.
El nuevo equipo se recibi6 a
principios de enero y actualmente se
prueba para ajustarlo a las condiciones
del Canal.

Durante la reuni6n de la Junta
Directiva de la Comisi6n del Canal de
Panama el mes pasado, se discuti6 la
continuada seguridad y eficiencia de las
operaciones del Canal y el progress
evidence en el aumento de participaci6n
panamefia en la fuerza laboral del
La Directiva acept6 las considera-
ciones presupuestarias de 1990 y aprob6
la elaboraci6n del presupuesto para ese
aiio fiscal. Tambien se aprob6 un
cambio de contabilidad que permitira
reservar fondos para cubrir los costs de
compensaciones por lesiones, bajo la
Ley de Compensaci6n de Empleados
Federales (FECA), una vez el Canal est6
bajo administraci6n panamefia.
Despu6s de discutir el impact del
deterioro de las carreteras sobre la
movilizaci6n de personal y equipo del
Canal, se acord6 celebrar una reuni6n
entire un equipo t6cnico del gobierno de
Panama y uno de la Comisi6n, para
encontrar pronta soluci6n al problema.
Los directives recibieron informes

sobre la conversion de la Comisi6n a
una agencia de fondos rotativos y sobre
el studio del ensanche del Corte
La Directiva se reune tres veces al aio
en Panama y una en los Estados
Unidos. Esta reuni6n se efectu6 en
Long Beach, California, para familiari-
zar a los directives con uno de los
principles competidores del Canal-el
sistema ferroviario intermodal y las
instalaciones de transferencia de con-
tenedores. Como complement a la
reuni6n, visitaron los puertos de Long
Beach y Los Angeles, siendo orientados
por representantes de la Autoridad
Portuaria de Long Beach, de la
Instalaci6n Intermodal de Transferen-
cia de Contenedores, del Cuerpo de
Ingenieros del Ej6rcito de los Estados
Unidos sobre los programs y el
desarrollo de los puertos de la Costa
Oeste, y de la American President
La pr6xima reuni6n se celebrara en
Panama a mediados de abril.

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Foto por Armando De Gracia
Nuevo equipo de agrimensura
Jaime Rodriguez, jefe de operaciones de campo de la estaci6n de agrimensura de
Gamboa, muestra al tecnico en agrimensura Ralph Martie y al marino Rafael
Castillo algunos aspects del nuevo sistema de agrimensura que integra una
sonda, una computadora, un telemetro y un sistema de posicionamiento de rayo


Viernes 5 de febrero de 1988

Niumero de

seguro social

exige el IRS
Se recuerda a los empleados de la
Comisi6n del Canal de Panama que
tributan a los Estados Unidos, que el
Servicio de Renta Interna require el
numero de seguro social de los
contribuyentes de ciudadania estado-
unidense y de sus dependientes mayores
de 5 afios, de cualquier nacionalidad.
Los carn6s de seguro social se pueden
adquirir a trav6s de la oficina consular
de la Embajada de los EE.UU.,
localizada en el Edificio De Diego en
Avenida Balboa y Calle 40.
A los extranjeros residents de
EE.UU. (con carn6 verde) se les
recomienda ponerse en contact con el
consulado para informaci6n sobre su
nimero de seguro social y el de sus
dependientes elegibles.
El consulado abre de lunes a viernes,
de 8 a.m. a 12:30 p.m., y sus n6meros de
tel6fono son el 27-1777 y el 52-5248,
extension 223. Necesita los siguientes
su pasaporte;
su carn6 verde (para residentss;
su carn6 de identificaci6n de la
Comisi6n del Canal; y
el pasaporte, certificado de naci-
miento o informed de ciudadano nacido
fuera del pais de su hijo o hija.

Temas de salud y seguridad

Cintur6n le salvo la vida

loto por Armando Ue uracia
Perdida total
Jacob Bustavino examine con incredu-
lidad los restos del auto que era su
orgullo, con el consuelo de saber que
no sufri6 heridas graves, como las del
otro conductor, porque usaba su
cintur6n de seguridad.

Por David Constable
Jacob Bustavino, un mecanico de la
Division de Transporte Motorizado,
conducia su autom6vil por Via Gaillard
durante su hora de almuerzo, obser-
vando el trifico que venia en direcci6n
opuesta mientras pensaba en lo que
comeria para no romper su dieta. Al
pasar la intersecci6n cerca del Centro de
Adiestramiento del Canal, lo sorpren-
di6 un vehiculo fuera de su via,
precipitindose hacia 61 en sentido
contrario. "Sucedi6 tan de repente",
recuerda, "que lo tinico que pude hacer
fue sujetarme para recibir el impact de
lo que result ser una colisi6n frontal".
Despues del primer susto, Bustavino,
que se habia ajustado su cintur6n de
seguridad, dijo, "me revise para ver si
todavia estaba en un solo pedazo".
Estaba a salvo, pero descubri6 mis
tarde que tenia el hombro magullado a
causa del cintur6n de seguridad. Le
dolia el cuello y la parte superior de la

espalda, y tuvo que usar un cuello
ortop6dico un par de dias.
Cuando trat6 de salir del vehiculo, no
pudo abrir la puerta y alguien lo ayud6
a salir por la otra puerta cuidadosa-
mente, ya que el asiento estaba cubierto
de vidrio fragmentado.
El conductor del otro vehiculo no fue
tan afortunado; estaba inconsciente y su
frente sangraba profusamente. Bus-
tavino dice que el vehiculo tenia
cinturones de seguridad, pero el chofer
no los habia usado. En el hospital donde
llevaron a ambos, Bustavino supo que el
otro conductor tenia unas costillas
Aunque su vehiculo, modelo de 1987,
qued6 inservible y posiblemente tendrd
un dificil process legal para que le
paguen un precio just, Bustavino
reconoce que se salv6 de series heridas
porque usaba su cintur6n de seguridad.
El acata estrictamente las normas y los
programs educativos de la Comisi6n
del Canal de Panama sobre el uso de los
cinturones de seguridad, a toda hora.

Gira a Suramerica
Explore la ciudad perdida de los
Incas, el Lago Titicaca, La Paz y otros
lugares ex6ticos de Suram6rica en una
gira con Ed Armbruster. El grupo
saldr, de Panama el 26 de marzo y
regresara el 2 de abril. Para mayor
informaci6n, Ilame al 86-4988 o al 52-
Educaci6n infantil
El Panama Canal College dictara el
curso "Introducci6n a la Educaci6n
Infantil" los martes y jueves de 4 a 6:30
p.m., del 23 de febrero al 5 de mayo.
La inscripci6n se realizara hoy de 8 a.m.
a 3 p.m. Para mayor informaci6n, llame
a Terry Goldfarb al 86-3958.

Venta de excedentes
La Oficina de Reutilizaci6n y
Mercadeo de los Estados Unidos
realizara una venta de excedentes el
25 de febrero en el Edificio 745 en
Corozal. La mercancia puede inspec-
cionarse el 22 y 23 de febrero de 9 a.m.
a 2:30 p.m. La inscripci6n de licitantes
se iniciara a las 7 a.m. el dia de la venta.
Habra equipo de ejercicios, camiones,
muebles dom6sticos, equipo el&ctrico,
electr6nico y de entretenimiento a la

Atenci6n, artesanos!
Los interesados en vender artesanias
en el bazar de primavera patrocinado
por la Sociedad del Rosario del
Sagrado Coraz6n deben Ilamar a
Katherine Heddaeus al 52-2080.
Torneo de voleibol
El Ramo para el Acondicionamiento
Fisico del Empleado de la Comisi6n del
Canal de Panama auspiciara un torneo
de voleibol informal a partir del 2 de
marzo. Ya comenz6 la inscripci6n de
equipos en el gimnasio de Diablo. Para
mayor informaci6n, Ilame al 52-6827
despu&s de la 1:30 p.m. durante dias.
Reuni6n del ICC
El Club Universitario del Istmo
convoca .a miembros e invitados a una
reuni6n el lunes 8 de febrero a las 4
p.m. en la Sala Falc6n del Club de
Oficiales de Albrook. La oradora
invitada Judy.Salas exhibird su linea de
tembleques originales.

Clases de pilotaje
Aprenda a volar con un curso de
pilotaje de ocho semanas que comienza
el 16 de febrero en Rodfnan. Las classes,
que se dictarAn de 7 a 9:30 p.m. los
martes y jueves, preparan a los
estudiantes para un examen escrito de
piloto privado. Entre otras materials, se
instruira en comunicaci6n por radio,
aerodinamica y operaciones de aero-
El curso no tiene requisitos previous,
pero el cupo es limitado. Inscribaseen el
Edificio 65 en Rodman, o llamando al

Administrador de la Comisi6n del Canal Subadministrador
Director de Relaciones Piblicas Subdirectora de Relaciones Publicas
Official de Prensa Directora
El SPILLWAY es una publicaci6n official del Canal de Panama. Los articulos que en ella aparecen pueden ser reproducidos sin
pedir autorizaci6n, inicamente acreditando al SPILLWAY DEL CANAL DE PANAMA como la fuente. Toda colaboraci6n
debe estar en la Oficina de Prensa antes del mediodia del jueves anterior a su publicaci6n. Despu6s de esa fecha s61o se aceptaran
noticias oficiales de urgencia. Las subscripciones de 52 ejemplares cuestan $6 por correo ordinario, $4 por correo ordinario para
estudiantes y $19 por correo aereo. Envie cheque o giro postal a favor de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama, dirigido a la Oficina de
Informaci6n y Relaciones Pablicas, APO Miami 34011-5000.

Gira campestre PDK
Phi Delta Kappa celebrara su gira
campestre de verano annual el viernes
19 de febrero a las 5 p.m., en el Bohio
de Albrook. Las reservaciones deben
hacerse a mAs tardar el 12 de febrero
lamando a Margaret Leigh al 86-4146 o
al 23-5843, o a Elaine Bruer al 63-8372.

Club de Buceo
El Club de Buceo de Balboa se
reunira a las 7:30 p.m. el mi6rcoles
10 de febrero en el Centro de Adies-
tramiento del Canal. Durante la
reuni6n se hara una presentaci6n sobre
los acuarios marines. Se invita a todos
los miembros e interesados.

Carreras de motocicleta
La Asociaci6n Americana de Depor-
tistas del Pacifico presentara la primera
carrera de motocicletas de campo de
este afioen la pista de Cocoli, en la
ribera oeste del Canal, el domingo 7 de
febrero. La entrada cuesta $2 y las
carreras comienzan a las 11 a.m.

Practicas de r6quetbol
El Ramo para el Acondicionamiento
Fisico del Empleado auspiciard prAc-
ticas de raquetbol en la cancha de la
escuela secundaria de Balboa los martes
a las 4:30 p.m. AdemAs, se program un
torneo masculine de dos categories y un
abierto femenino, exclusivamente para
empleados de la Comisi6n. Inscribase
hoy, llamando al 52-2903 de 1:30 a 4:30

Excursi6n a Costa Rica
La Fraternidad de la Iglesia Episco-
pal "Christ Church By-the-Sea" de
Col6n patrocinarA una gira turistica y
de compras a Costa Rica que partira de
Col6n el 24 de febrero y regresara el
2 de marzo. El precio incluye aloja-
miento, desayuno y cena en el Hotel
Johnson. Con los fondos recaudados se
restaurara la iglesia, construida en 1865
y declarada patrimonio hist6rico nacio-
Para mayor informaci6n, Ilame a la
iglesia al 47-0283, al director de la gira
Leonard Dobson al 47-9013 o a Gerald
Roberts al 47-7706.

Preparaci6n de
La Asociaci6n de Radioaficionados
del Canal de Panama Ilevara a cabo una
practice de preparaci6n de emergencia
en el Cerro del Contratista desde las 9
a.m. mafiana hasta el mediodia del 7 de
febrero. Se invita al public a ver a los
radioaficionados en acci6n. Para mayor
informaci6n, Ilame al 52-2690.
Becas ICC
El plazo para participar en el
concurso de becas del Club Universi-
tario del Istmo vence el 7 de marzo. Los
formularios pueden obtenerse en las
escuelas secundarias de Crist6bal,
Balboa y St. Mary's; y en las
universidades de Florida State, Oklaho-
ma State, Nova y Panama Canal

Programs de Nova
La Universidad Nova inicia este mes
un curso a nivel de maestria en
lingiiistica aplicada y ensefianza de
ingl6s como segunda lengua y un
program de maestria en asistencia
paralegal y legal.
El cupo es limitado y se inscribira a
los aspirantes calificados segfin su orden
de Ilegada hasta el 19 de febrero. Hoy a
las 4:30 se efectuara una reunion en las
oficinas de Nova en Diablo para
discutir el program.
Para mayor informaci6n, comuni-
quese con el Dr. Martin C. Taylor en
Nova, de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m., o llame al 52-
2071 o al 52-2442.

Actividades Audub6n
Durante su reunion mensual eljueves
11 de febrero a las 7 p.m. en el Centro
de Adiestramiento del Canal, la
Sociedad Audub6n de Panama pre-
sentara una pelicula sobre el derrumbe
ocurrido en el Canal en octubre de 1986.
La Sociedad practicara un conteo de
aves del 13 al 15 de febrero en Chiriqui,
y program una gira campestre en
Gamboa el 12 de marzo. Para mayor
informaci6n sobre el conteo de aves,
llame a Carol Meyer (23-9268) o a
Nathan Gale (52-6614). Hortensia
Broce (56-6234) busca voluntarios para
ayudar a organizer la gira campestre.

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Cadetes de la Nautica concluyen adiestramiento

Catorce cadetes de segundo afio de la
Escuela Nautica de Panama comple-
tar.n hoy un crucero de adiestramiento
de 10 dias a bordo del Golden Bear, un
buque escuela de la Academia Mari-
tima de California. El adiestramiento se
inici6 con un trinsito rumbo norte por
el Canal de PanamA y continue en el
Caribe. Es el primer afio que se ofrece el
program y sus organizadores han
expresado interns en continuarlo.
Los cadetes panamenfos, acompa-
iiados por tres instructors de la Escuela
NAutica, se dividieron en cuatro grupos.
El adiestramiento se hizo en ingl6s, y a
cada grupo se le asign6 un cadete
bilinglie de la Academia Maritima de
California como interprete.
Robert Gray, un practice del Canal y
ex-alumno de la Academia, colabor6
con la misma en el proyecto. La Escuela
NAutica de PanamA ofrece adiestra-
miento a bordo solamente a estudiantes
de quinto afio y no podia cubrir los
gastos de este crucero. Sin embargo, por
la importancia del program y la valiosa
experiencia maritima que brinda a los
estudiantes, Gray dirigi6 una campafia
que recaud6 $5,000 en donaciones. Se
recibieron contribuciones de muchos
que reconocen la importancia de la
oportunidad, incluyendo al Ramo de
PrActicos.del Canal de Panama, agents
navieros locales, y ex-alumnos de varias
academias maritimas.
"Pienso que tenemos la responsabi-
lidad moral de ayudar a aqu6llos que

siguen nuestros pasos", dice Gray. "Por
eso contribui, y creo que es la raz6n de
la mayoria de las contribuciones".
Gray y representantes de la Aca-
demia y de la Escuela NAutica de
Panama tienen la esperanza que el
program continue. Lorgio Avila,
instructor de la Escuela Nautica, dice
que el program proporciona a los
cadetes una mejor las posiciones
para las cuales se adiestran. Gray
tambi6n cree que el adiestramiento es

valioso. "Los expone a la vida a bordo
de una nave y a la rutina que
experimentaran una vez que se gra-
Con el excedente. de la campafia de
recaudaci6n, se estableci6 el fondo de
"Amigos de la Escuela Nautica". Se
espera que estos esfuerzos Ileven a la
formaci6n de una sociedad de ex-
alumnos que apoye y permit la
participaci6n de los cadetes en pro-
gramas futures.

Foto por Arthur Pollack
Cadetes transitan Canal Foto por Arthur Polack
El practice del Canal Robert Gray hace indicaciones a cadetes de la Escuela
Ndutica de Panamd mientras transitan el Canal a bordo del buque escuela
"Golden Bear" de la Academia Maritima de California.

Lista de Vacantes
Para empleados de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panami y otras
agencies del gobierno de los Estados Unidos

Puestos permanentes salario*
Tecnico(a) en contabilidad, NM-6 (S61o se considerara
a los empleados de la Comisi6n del Canal
de Panama) . . .... . . $8.07!
Asistente de servicios de control de caja, NM-5/9
(S61o se considerara a los empleados de la Comisi6n
del Canal de Panama) . ...... . . $5.42/
Analista de administraci6n, NM-9/ II .. . . $10.98/
Mensajero (Conductor de vehiculos motorizados),
NM-2 (Debe tener licencia de conducir) (S61o se
considerara a los empleados de la Comisi6n del Canal
de Panama) ... . .. . . . . . $4.43/

Las solicitudes se recibirin en el Ramo de Empleo y Colocaciones ubi
Anc6n, o en el Edificio 7998, en Margarita, en el Formulario 443. Solic
ser recibida en el Ramo dentro de los pr6ximos siete dias calendarios po
publicaci6n. Los requisitos de los puestos pueden verificarse en el Centr
la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama. Para mayor informaci6n llame
Colocaciones, a los telefonos 52-3583, 52-7996 6 46-7219.
*Los salaries devengados reflejan las tarifas minimas y miximas por I
posiciones anunciadas. Los empleados que sean escogidos serAn coloca
correspondientes de acuerdo con los reglamentos.
La Comisi6n del Canal de PanamA es un empleador que so ajusta a la Ley sobre

Temporalmente dividido
pago de suma global

Direcci6n Va-
Ssi- an- Un cambio temporal afectara el retire
Unidad tio tes de la suma global de contribuciones al
Sistema de Jubilaci6n del Servicio Civil
para jubilados cuyas pensions comien-
Adm. Fin. P 3 zan entire el 4 de enero de 1988 y el
30 de septiembre de 1989.
Durante este period, el pago
Adm. Fin. P 1 correspondiente a la suma global de
jubilaci6n de empleados no impedidos
Serv. Adm. P I se dividira en dos. El primer pago se
hara con la jubilaci6n y representarA el
60 por ciento de la suma global; el 40
por ciento restante se pagara al aio, con
Serv. Canal P intereses.
cado en el Edificio 366, en Si el Congreso no hace mAs
itud de Traslado, y deberf ala a
Dsteriores a la fecha de esta alteraciones alas provisions de la suma
o de Recursos T6cnicos de global, los empleados que se jubilen
e al Ramo de Empleo y despu6s del I de octubre de 1989,
StendrAn derecho al pago Anico com-
hora para los grades de las
idos en el escal6n y salario pleto.
.g aaa .. . ..L J_

Teatro de Miraflores
cerrado temporalmente
El teatro de Miraflores permane-
cerA cerrado hasta octubre mientras
avanza la construcci6n de un nuevo
edificio. Las Esclusas de Miraflores
permaneceran abiertas al piblico
de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m.

A tareas marntimas se
dedican estudiantes

Este afio, la Unidad de Adiestra-
miento Maritimo ha organizado dos
programs de asistencia estudiantil para
cadetes de tercer afio de la Escuela
Nautica de Panama. Para cadetes de
cubierta, el program se ofrece por
primera vez, mientras que para los de
maquinaria, es el segundo afio.
El capitan Marco Collazos es el
coordinator del program de cubierta
de seis semanas que finaliza el 15 de
marzo. Los 18 participants se han
dividido en tres grupos y se adiestrarAn
dos semanas en la Divisi6n de Dragado
y cuatro semanas en la Divisi6n de
Servicios del Canal (dos en el distrito
sur y dos en el distrito norte). Los
aprendices trabajaran bajo la supervi-
si6n direct de un capitan de remol-
cador por una semana, de un ingeniero
de remolcador pot dos dias y del
contramaestre los iltimos tres dias.
Ocho cadetes de ingenieria nAutica
participan en el program de 89 dias,
coordinado por Donald L. Lipman,
official de adiestramiento de ingenieria
nautica. Durante las primeras seis
semanas del program, los aprendices
seran asignados a trabajar con inge-
nieros a bordo de. remolcadores en el
Pacifico, lo que les permitira adquirir
experiencia practice, a la vez que
proporcionan un servicio a la Direcci6n
de Marina.
Durante la segunda mitad del
program, estarAn asignados al astillero
de Mount Hope. Esta parte del
adiestramiento sera coordinada por el
jefe de la Divisi6n Industrial, C. P.
Corrigan. Segin sefiala Lipman, la
experiencia en el astillero tiene valor
incalculable para los futures ingenieros

Cierre de plans

Debido a la celebraci6n del natalicio
de Washington y de los carnavales, la
fecha de cierre para la edici6n del
SPILLWAY del 19 de febrero ha sido
adelantada para el mi6rcoles, 10 de
febrero, a las 11:45 a.m.

, Bomberos canaleros asisten part
i .AIL''J

e KI

Foto por Susan K. Stabler

Jarubi Diosbell Jimenez Gonzalez es admirada porsu madre, Nilsol Gonzalez; sus
padrinos de la Divisi6n de Bomberos de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panamd, el
Sargento George Brathwaite y el operador-conductor Eugenio "Bobby"Roberts; y
su padre, Victor Manuel Jimenez.

Por Susan K. Stabler

El martes 12 de enero, naci6 en la
Ciudad Arco Iris una beb6 Ilamada
Jarubi Diosbell Jim6nez GonzAlez,
retofio de Nilsol GonzAlez y Victor
Manuel Jim6nez. Su nacimiento fue
normal, con una excepci6n. Se asom6
al mundo por primera vez sobre el sofa
del apartamento de sus padres, asistida
por los bombers George Brathwaite,
sargento, y Eugenio "Bobby" Roberts,
operador-chofer, que arribaron just a
La llamada que inform de un
"alumbramiento en process" lleg6 a la
estaci6n de Mount Hope a las 8:08 a.m.
Brathwaite y Roberts respondieron
instantaneamente. Cuando llegaron al
multi-familiar en Ciudad Arco Iris, un
joven los gui6 hacia el lugar de los
hechos. Los bombers subieron al
tercer piso y entraron al apartamento

B-14, donde encontraron a la madre
acostada en el sofa, con la cabeza del
beb6 ya claramente visible. Eran las 8:11
a.m. Al minute, naci6 la pequefia
Dice Roberts que cuando recibieron
la llamada, "pens6 en mi adiestramiento
en el parto y lo record todo, tal como se
me habia ensefiado". Mientras Brath-
waite asistia el parto, Roberts removia
la placenta. Ambos bombers traba-
jaron amarrando y cortando el cord6n
umbilical, y entonces Brathwaite limpi6
a la criatura mientras Roberts atendia a
la madre. Fue todo muy rApido, dice
Brathwaite. "iGracias a Dios fue un
parto sin complicaciones!"
Terminado el parto, los bombers
Ilevaron a madre e hija al Hospital
Amador Guerrero en Col6n. Cuando
Jarubi lleg6 a casa, Brathwaite y
Roberts-que seran sus padrinos-le
presentaron un cargador plastico, desde
donde podra divisar claramente su

Foto familiar


1 Igualdad de u


Viernes 5 de febrero de 1988

Canal celebra Mes
El Mes de la Historia Negra se
celebra en febrero para reconocer las
contribuciones de la comunidad negra a
la sociedad. En el Canal de Panama, los
negros jugaron un papel vital en la
construcci6n de la via acuatica y siguen
siendo miembros imprescindibles del
equipo multi-racial que lo opera y
Entre los events que brindara la
Comisi6n del Canal de Panama como
parte de la observancia del Mes de la
Historia Negra se incluira una exhibi-
ci6n de fotografias, libros y bibliografias
en el Centro de Recursos T6cnicos, del
14 al 20 de febrero, sobre el papel de los
negros durante la construcci6n del
AdemAs, el personal del SPILLWAY
realize una encuesta en diferentes Areas
de la Comisi6n, pidiendo a los
empleados sus comentarios acerca de
los papeles y contribuciones de los
negros en el pasado y en el future.
Agradecemos a todos los participants
en la encuesta. A continuaci6n extrac-
tos de sus respuestas.
Walter Robinson, Ramo de Lanchas
y Pasacables: Yo contribuyo siendo uno
delos mejores operadores de lancha en
el Canal.
Christopher McLean, instructor, Qfi-
cina de Desarrollo de Recursos Huma-
nos: Los negros son uno de los pilares
mas fuertes sobre el que descansa el
Eduardo L. Smith, analista de
presupuesto, Direccidn de Marina: A lo
largo de la historic del Canal, los negros
han hecho una contribuci6n significa-
tiva a las operaciones y al manteni-
miento del Canal, realizando aquellas
tareas que ningiin otro grupo fue capaz
o estuvo dispuesto a realizar.
Maritza Dawkins, oficinista, Direc-
cidn de Marina: Gracias al trabajo

de Historia Negra
arduo de estas personas, nosotros, los
empleados de la Comisi6n tenemos un
lugar donde ganarnos el pan de cada
Edmund Rogers, Division de Protec-
cidn del Canal: La historic del Canal
esta repleta de los sacrificios de los
negros. Muchos dieron la vida y otros la
salud. No hay mayor contribuci6n que
Carlos Julio Espino V., electricista,
Esclusas de Pedro Miguel: Las contri-
buciones que pueden hacer los negros a
la organizaci6n del Canal son muchas,
por ejemplo en la administraci6n,
trabajos de campo, etc. Ellos en cierto
modo sienten que el Canal les pertenece,
ya que sus antepasados se sacrificaron
en su construcci6n. Por esta raz6n,
consider que se sentiran mAs moti-
vados a incrementar la eficiencia del
Enrique Sdnchez, ingeniero general,
Ramo de Administracidn de Construc-
cidn: A media que el Canal entra en el
siglo 21, el papel de los negros ha
disminuido num6ricamente, aunque los
negros han asumido posiciones de
mayor responsabilidad. En el. future,
esperamos que nuestro papel sea igual
al que jugamos en otras instituciones
panamefas (en lo que se convertird la
Comisi6n) y no como en el pasado.
Gloria E. Branch, contadora ticnica,
Ramo de Cuentas por Cobrar y Pagar:
Pienso que las futuras contribuciones de
los negros a la organizaci6n del Canal
depend principalmente de las oportu-
nidades que se les de. Ellos ya se han
Ernesto Holder, especialista, produc-
cidn audiovisual, Ramo de Artes
Graficas: Es la capacidad de cada
persona de producer, y no su color, lo
que debe determinar su reconocimiento

S^i .

S -. ,

Foto por Kevin Jenkins
Elizabeth Leigh, al centro, vicepresidente de la Sociedad Britdnica de
Beneficencia, recibe una donaci6n del Club El Pacifico Inc., de Nueva York, de
manos de su representante en Panamd, Pablo Kirven. Observan, a la izquierda,
Ethlyn Davis Edwards, miembro del club, y Ann Mayles y Pamela Spate, miembros
de la Sociedad Britdnica. La Sociedad Brit6nica de Beneficencia brinda asistencia
regular a los ancianos antillanos desamparados de Panamd y Col6n. El Club
Pacifico es una organizaci6n de caridad compuesta por residents de Nueva York
graduados de la antigua Escuela Secundaria de La Boca.

Comisi6n del Canal de Panama anuncia proyectos

La Division de Ingenieria de la
Comisi6n del Canal de Panama abrira
cuatro nuevos proyectos a licitaci6n.
Los documents pertinentes pueden
obtenerse en la Oficina 343 del Edificio
de Administraci6n en Balboa.
Bajo .el proyecto CC-88-44, se
instalara alumbrado de seguridad en el
puente giratorio de Miraflores a un
costo estimado de menos de $25,000.
Las propuestas se abrirAn el 3 de
El proyecto CC-88-47 requeriri la
instalaci6n de un muro de retCn de
gabi6n para la protecci6n de laderas de
la torre No. 24 en la linea de transmisi6n
417, cerca de la subestaci6n de Caceres,
tambi6n con un costo aproximado de
menos de $25,000. Las propuestas se
abriran el 29 de febrero.
El proyecto CC-88-36 es para la
instalaci6n de facilidades sanitarias en la

oficina de campo del Ramo de
Meteorologia e Hidrologia en Pedro
Miguel. El costo se estima entire los
$25,000 y $100,000 y las propuestas se
abrirAn el 26 de febrero..
Las licitaciones para el proyecto CC-
88-51, que incluye trabajos de pavi-
mentaci6n asfAltica en Gatun deberin
presentarse a mas tardar el 29 de
febrero. El costo oscila entire los
$100,000 y $250,000.

El actor Roger Nelson, que ha
dedicado gran parte de su carrera a
representar la vida del predicadordel
siglo XVII1 John Wesley, sera el
orador invitado durante el servicio
religioso de la Iglesia Protestante de
Balboa el 7 de febrero, a las 9 a.m.
Son bienvenidos los visitantes.

Foto por Arthur Pollack
El Dr. Mel Boreham, entom6logo de la Comisi6n, quita la serpiente mapanare de 5
pies y medio de largo que mat6 en elpatio de su casa en Los Rios. Boreham advierte
que durante la estaci6n seca las serpientes a menudo invaden 6reas residenciales
buscando agua. Para reducir el peligro, mantenga la vegetaci6n de su casa bien
podada; elimine posibles escondites para la serpiente; y no camine descalzo,
especialmente de noche. Si ve una serpiente en dreas residenciales de la Comisi6n
del Canal de Panamd, llame al52-7466 o al52-3464 en el sector Pacificoy al43-5253
o al 43-5259 en.el Atlintico.

vacaciones para Hunnicutt y Lanter-
man. Trabajaron horas extra para
terminar el arqueo, a veces hasta
pasando por alto comidas programadas
con la tipica puntualidad britanica.
"Queriamos volver con el tonelaje
final", dice Hunnicutt. "No habia forma
de hacerlo trabajando s6lo ocho horas
El primer dia, se midieron las
cubiertas superiores, donde se habian
ainadido ocho nuevas suites. Durante el
resto del viaje, Lanterman tomaba
medidas y Hunnicutt hacia cAlculos.
"Localizar las areas que debia medir fue
lo mis dificil para mi", explic6
Lanterman. Aunque la tripulaci6n
cooper, les tom6 alguln tiempo
ambientarse en la enorme embarcaci6n,
tan alta como un edificio de 13 pisos.
Hicieron los cAlculos en el centro de

Con muchos events se
aproxima Semana de Mujer

La Semana de la Mujer, patrocinada
anualmente por la Oficina de Igualdad
de Oportunidades de la Comisi6n del
Canal de PanamA, sera este afio del 14 al
18 de marzo. Presentaciones por el
psic6logo clinic Henry Braddock y la
asesora administrative Gerry Starrett
estan entire los events que ilustraran el
tema "Avanzando juntos".
Durante la Semana de la Mujer, la
rotonda del Edificio de Administraci6n
servira de fondo a una exhibici6n de
libros, diapositivas y arte. Se invita a los
empleados a exhibir sus creaciones en
fotografia, pintura o poesia. Para
mayor informaci6n, Ilame a Alcira
Arauiz al tel6fono 52-7909.

Las calcomanias de acceso a
bases militares para vehiculos pri-
vados se distribuiran a los elegibles
de lunes a viernes, del martes 16 de
febrero al martes 15 de marzo. En el
sector Pacifico, se distribuiran de
8:30 a.m. al mediodia y de 1 a 4:30
p.m., en el centro de vehiculos
motorizados 534 (Edificio 152, Fuer-
te Clayton); las del sector Atlintico
se distribuiran de 8:30 a 11:30 a.m. y
de I a 4:30 p.m. en la estaci6n de
policia military en Fuerte Davis.

(Viene de la pdgina 1)
adiestramiento de computadoras de la
nave, ya que el equipo era compatible
con el de la Comisi6n. "Los pasajeros
que tomaban cursos de computadora
querian saber cual seria el tonelaje
final", indic6 Lanterman.
El Director de Arqueo J. M. Eberenz
elogi6 la labor de sus dos arqueadores.
"Su trabajo excedi6 much nuestras
expectativas", dijo.
Cuando el QE2 transit por primera
vez el Canal de Panami en 1975, el
tonelaje neto fue de 38,961 y la nave
pag6 $42,077.38 en peajes. Dos afios
despu6s, en su segundo transito, el
tonelaje neto aument6 a 53,074 y los
peajes a $68,465.46, ya que en 1976
cambiaron las normas de arqueo que
permitian deducir las Areas piblicas. El
12 de abril de 1986, en el filtimo
transito antes de su renovaci6n, el
tonelaje neto fue de 54,134 y el peaje de
$99,065.22. El nuevo tonelaje neto es de

Desde Washington_

Congress reanuda
segunda sesi6n

Evta column se original en la Oficina
del Secretario en Washington, D.C.
Cualquier sugerencia se debe enviar a:
Secretary, Panama Canal Commission.
2000 L Street NW, Suite 550, Washing-
ton, D.C. 20036 o a la editor del
SPILLWA Y, Qficina 100. Edificio de
A dinistracidn, Comisidn del Canal de
Panamd, Balboa, Panamd.
El centesimo Congreso abri6 sesiones
el 25 de enero para reanudar la
consideraci6n de una variedad de
asuntos que dej6 pendientes el mes
pasado y que afectan a empleados y
jubilados federales. Uno de los temas
prioritarios s el presupuesto del afio
fiscal 1989 (del I de octubre, 1988, al
30 de septiembre, 1989), que el Presi-
dente Ronald Reagan enviara al
Congress a mediados de febrero. Como
en el pasado, esta column mantendra a
los lectures al dia sobre los temas que
conciernen a la fuerza laboral federal.

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