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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: July 29, 1994
Copyright Date: 1986
Frequency: biweekly[jan. 6, 1984-1999]
weekly[ former -dec. 23, 1983]
Subject: Periodicals -- Canal Zone   ( lcsh )
Periodicals -- Panama Canal (Panama)   ( lcsh )
Genre: federal government publication   ( marcgt )
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.
General Note: "Official Panama Canal publication."
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: VID00253
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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ng passage into the twenty-first century


V 1994II. No. 15 Friday, July 29, 1994
Vol. XXXII. No. 15 Friday, July 29, 1994

Turntable pit, sheds under construction at locks

A contract for the construction of a new
locomotive turntablepit, a new locks loco-
motive maintenance and repair shed and
pit and a line-handler shed at the north end
of Pedro Miguel Locks was recently
awarded to Kunkel-Wiese Inc. for $2.2
Turntables are located near the ends of
locks centerwalls to enable locks locomo-
tives to be switched from the east to the
west tow track or vice versa. They can also
transfer locomotives to the return track for
maintenance or repairs.
Contractors will demolish and remove.
the Pedro Miguel centerwall concrete floor
down to its basic foundation and rebuild
the surface to make the pit where a new
turntable will be installed. As soon as their
work is completed at the beginning of next
year, Locks Division personnel will as-
semble and install the new turntable and
perform the necessary tow track and re-
turn track work in the area. Designed and
built by the Macton Corporation of Con-
necticut, the new turntable is expected to
be fully operational by April 1995.
Acting Locks Division major projects
manager Ivan Lasso notes that this project
marks the end of a program to replace all
locks turntables, which started in fiscal
year 1983 with the installation of the first
turntable prototype on the Miraflores
Locks south approach wall.
In September, employees from the
Locks and Maintenance divisions are sched-
uled to start work to bring the Miraflores
Locks south-end turntable into compli-
ance with existing standards. Lasso ex-
plains that its design is a little different
from the others that were installed later.
"Its basic structure is fine, but we are going
to change its controls to incorporate some
improvements that resulted from opera-
tions of other units that are already in
service," he says.

Take note

Due to the celebration of the
founding of Panama City to be held
on August 15, the Panama Canal
Commission payday scheduled for
that day will be advanced to Friday,
August 12.

The arrangement to give priority
to Panama Canal Commission em-
ployees renewing Panama social
security system (CSS) identification
cards on the Pacific side has been
rescinded. Employees may now re-
new their cards on their own by visit-
ing the CSS "Departamento de
Afiliaci6n" in the Bolivar Building on
the Transisthmian Highway or the
Atlantic-side CSS office. Individuals
should be aware that they will be
required to present valid cards to
claim CSS compensation.

The Panama Canal Commission
Electrical Division reports that there
will be a power outage in the townsite
of Cardenas from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on
Tuesday, August 2, while mainte-
nance work is being performed on

Turntable function Illustration by Jaime Gutidrrez

This drawing illustrates how turntables on the locks centerwallsare used to switch locks
locomotives from the east to the west tow track or vice versa. Turntables are also used to
transfer locomotives to the return track for maintenance or repairs.

Gatun Dam walkway repairs under way

By Joaqufn Horna
Standing atop the Gatun Dam spillway
and looking to one side, you can see vessels
from all over the world crossing Gatun
Lake or lining up to transit Gatun Locks.
On the other side, the massive concrete
spillway stretches down majestically from
the dam's 14 gates. But the workers on the
spillway are not there for the view. During
the past few weeks, they have been repair-
ing, cleaning and painting the walkway that
runs for nearly 700 feet across the top of
the structure.
Like a bridge, the iron walkway is made
of rectangular sheets supported by bulky
beams. Divided in 14 sections, one above
each spillway gate, the walkway has hand-
rails on both sides and lamp posts for every
section. It is used to inspect and provide
access to the spillway gates and their lifting
The 14 men working on the walkway
are employed by Mechanical Contractors
SA. In compliance with Panama Canal
Commission regulations, they wear har-
nesses, helmets, gloves, glasses, masks and
other safety equipment. "This is no joke,"
says Recep Kose, the contractor's foreman
for the project, as he points to the 100-foot
drop from the job site. "Nobody would live
to tell the story after a fall like that."
Kose designed the special equipment
the workers are using to remove the walk-

Repairing the walkway

In the photo at right, contractors on top of
the Gatun Dam spillway remove a sheet
from the iron walkway to repair the support
structures beneath. Observingat left isRecep
Kose, the foreman who designed some of
the specialized equipment for the job.

way sheets and work on the supporting
structures underneath. It includes C-
shaped bars that roll over the handrails on
small wheels and hold large central pulleys
for the chains that are used to remove the
sheets -- a task that would otherwise re-
quire five workers. Kose also designed
adaptable iron baskets that are installed
beneath the sheets to provide access to the
supporting structures.
The workers have already repaired and
replaced many of the structural parts that
reinforce the walkway's main beams. This
work has included removing more than
1,200 rivets put in by the builders of the
dam nearly 81 years ago and replacing
them with nuts and bolts.
The most serious problem discovered
by the workers has been corrosion, which
made it necessary to modify the original
$149,477 contract. Because many con-

cealed rusted parts were discovered when
the sheets were removed, a second con-
tract will be prepared for the additional
repairs. "The goal is to leave the walkway
as good as new," says Engineering Division
corrosion specialist Marco Chen.
According to Chen, Atlantic-side con-
ditions foster corrosion on metal struc-
tures. "It is produced by prevailing winds
coming directly from the sea," he explains.
"Everything in the way of the wind is sus-
ceptible to corrosion."
An Engineering Division team that
annually inspects all the Commission's
dams recommended the current work at
Gatun Dam after the last inspection there.
Canal engineers estimate that the mainte-
nance work will keep the walkway in good
condition for ten years, when minor re-
pairs, mostly cleaning and painting, will
again be necessary.

Photo by Joaquin Horna

Agency office has new
name, expanded charter

The Panama Canal Commission Office
of Executive Administration has been re-
named the Office of Executive Adminis-
tration and Transition Coordination, and
its charter has been expanded to enhance
its role in coordinating preparations for
the transfer of Panama Canal assets and
operation to the Republic of Panama in
accordance with the Panama Canal Treaty.
The change was announced during the July
13 meeting of the Commission Board of
Directors in a report from the board's
standing Transition Committee.
The committee fully recognized the ef-
fective transition planning and implemen-
tation by the Commission since the treaty
entered into force in 1979 and the success
of its decentralized approach that drew on
experts throughout the agency to address
specific tasks. Although that approach will
continue, as transition-related require-
ments expand over the next few years,
greater coordination will be required both
within the Commission and with other
organizations, including the government
of Panama and the U.S. State and Defense
Efforts to establish a more-visible, for-
malized focal point within the Commission
for transition-coordination matters re-
sulted in the organizational refinement.
Affirming Commission actions in this re-
gard, the board noted that the designation
of a central office will promote and facili-
tate ongoing transition efforts between the
U.S. and Panamanian governments.

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Friday, July 29, 1994

SAMAAP plans anniversary observance

The Society of Friends of the Afro-
West Indian Museum of Panama has an-
nounced a weeklong schedule of activities
to commemorate the 80th anniversary of
the Panama Canal. The events are part of
the society's annual "Know your Canal"
program, which highlights the contribu-
tions of West Indians during the construc-
tion of the Canal and seeks to educate the
Panamanian community about the history,
operation and maintenance of the water-
This year's observance begins at 10:30
a.m. Sunday, August 14, with an open
thanksgiving mass in the Emanuel Catho-
lic Church in Pueblo Nuevo. The following
day, society members and guests will board
launches at 9 a.m. at Las Cruces Landing
for a memorial service in Gaillard Cut.
Those interested in attending must contact
Noris de Aratiz (62-5348) by August 11.

A tour of the Panama Canal Commis-
sion Administration Building, Marine Traf-
fic Control Center and Miraflores Locks
will be offered to schoolchildren on Au-
gust 16.
The museum will be open from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 17, for guided
tours. An art exhibition will be on display
throughout the day, and prizes will be
presented in the afternoon to the winners
of student writing and mural contests. On
August 18, a group of students will be
taken by tourist train to Summit gardens.
Today is the deadline for contacting
Arafz at the previously provided number
to make reservations for a partial Canal
transit on Friday, August 19. The cost is
$13. Participants will meet at Pier 18 in
Balboa. Society members will end the
anniversary observance on Sunday, Au-
gust 20, with a closing toast.

Commission schedules athletic events

The athletic events listed below have been planned by the Panama Canal Commission
Employee Fitness Branch to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Panama Canal
on August 15. Information is available weekdays from Roberto Vaca (52-6827), Oscar
Massiah (52-2903), CarlosA. Campo (43-5242) or Ren6Tempro (43-5353) between 1:30
and 8:30 p.m.; Francisco Ib6rico (52-5852) between noon and 7 p.m.; and Elmodio Singh
(56-6274) between 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Activity (and remarks) Time and dates Locations
Nine-ball call-shot billiards tourney (open to 4 p.m. 8/8 15 Bal. Fit. Ctr.
the first 12 persons to register)
Three-point throw contest 4 p.m. 8/15 BHS gym
Table tennis tourney (intermediate & 8/8 13 Bal. & Diablo Fit. Ctrs.
advanced players)
Intermediate & advanced tennis tourney 8/8 13 Diablo courts
Coed volleyball tournament 8/8 13 Diablo gym & point
"Body walk" 8/11 Amador causeway
Six-kilometer run (age groups: 18-29, 30-39, 3:30 p.m. 8/13 Diablo point
40-49 & over 50)
Basketball--Log. Supp. vs. Gatun Hydro 7 p.m. 8/8 Gatun gym
Soccer--Maint. vs. Canal Svcs. engineers 4 p.m. 8/9 Gatun field
"Super aerobics" 5 p.m. 8/10 Gatun gym
Single-elimination tennis tournament 8/11- 13 Gatun courts
Volleyball--Dredging vs. Gamboa 4 p.m. 8/9 Gam. Playshelter
Basketball--Dredging vs. Gamboa 4 p.m. 8/11 Gam. Playshelter
Soccer--Dredging vs. Smithsonian 4 p.m. 8/12 Gam. field
Table tennis tourney (ages 11-14 & 15-19) 8/6 Gatun Youth Ctr.
Billiards tourney (age categories: under 10, 8/8 Gatun Youth Ctr.
11-14 & 15-19)

Col. William Sibert



Highlighting those who played key roles
in the construction of the Panama Canal,
this series commemorates the waterway's
80th anniversary. It is dedicated to the
75, 000 workers whose efforts led to the open-
ing of the Canal on August 15, 1914.

Col. William Sibert, a leading expert in
the construction of locks and dams, was
assigned in 1907 to head all work on the
Atlantic side of the Panama Canal.
Included in this task was construction
of the mile-long flight of lock chambers
and approaches, two million cubic yards of
concrete in a single structure; Gatun Dam,
a mile and a half long and half a mile thick
at the base, to create a man-made lake 85

feet above sea level; the giant spillway with
almost double the capacity of Niagara; and
the hydroelectric station, which would pro-
vide power for the locks and the Canal
In September 1913, Sibert watched the
tug Gatun make the first passage through
the locks, quietly and without a hitch.
In the photo above, Sibert overlooks
locks construction.

Employee recognition

Performance awards Photo by Jaime Fernndez
Canal Protection Division employees gather for a group photo after receiving superior and
outstanding performance awards in a ceremony earlier this month.

Buckle up Photo by Jaime Fernandez
Student assistant Cathy Rigby puts up a display of posters reminding Panama Canal
Commission employees to wear their seat belts. Elementary and junior high school
students from Department of Defense Dependents Schools made the posters, which are on
display at the Treasurer's Office in Balboa.

Honest co-worker Photo by Dick Wilson
Gatun Locks line handlerAdriano Vdsquez left, returns the wallet hefoundon apaintshop
floor to its owner, maintenance mechanic Samuel Soto C. In addition to some money, the
wallet contained all Soto's credit cards, as well as identification cards.

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Friday, July 29, 1994

The Panama Canal Spillway

Diversion project to prevent slides n

A drainage contract to pre-
vent landslides by keeping water
away from slide-prone slopes was
awarded by the Panama Canal
Commission last month to
Constructora Urbana SA. for al-
most $1 million. Scheduled to be
completed by mid-October, the
work will change the course of the
Obispo River diversion.
Before the Panama Canal was
built, the natural course of the
Obispo River passed through what
is today Gaillard Cut. The exca-
vation of the cut required the area
to be drained, so the river was
diverted for the first time.
The existing diversion, which
runs for almost twice as long as
the planned course, takes more
time to carry water to the point at
which it spills into the cut, allow-
ing the water to stagnate and in-
filtrate surrounding slopes,
thereby creating slope instability
in the area. "We are straightening
the route and making it shorter so

that the water runs faster and
doesn't weaken the slopes, thereby
causing landslides," says project
coordinator Carlos Reyes.
Using a hydraulic design by
engineer Esteban Sienz, some
120,000 cubic meters are being
excavated to build a new eight-
meter-wide concrete-lined chan-
nel with a pool at the end. "The
pool is necessarybecause the pow-
erful current could create stabil-
ity problems in the slope and tur-
bulence in the cut, which would
affect transits," explains Reyes,
who adds that concrete is being
used for the channel because it is
impermeable and inexpensive.
A smaller drainage project was
carried out last year under the
Commission's landslide-control
program, and four similar projects
are scheduled for next fiscal year.
The current project will also in-
clude the construction of a new
road to provide access for main-
tenance to the diversion.

On-the-job fitness Photo by Jose C. Jadn
Eddy Veldsquez and Jorge Castaieda of the Employee Fitness Branch lead Logistical Support Division
employees in their morning workout under the Panama Canal Commission's on-the-job fitness program.
Designed to prevent work-related injuries, the program is also beingoffered to the Electrical and Occupational
Health divisions, with the Locks and Dredging divisions next in line. Other interested units should call 52-
7766 between 12:45 and 4:15p.m.

Commission appoints new chief pilot

With the retirement of Capt.
D.P. Garrido, Capt. James P.
Kaufman has been appointed
chief pilot for the Panama Canal
A graduate of the U.S. Mer-
chant Marine Academy, he served
in the U.S. Navy and worked for
theAmerican Export-Isbrandtsen
and Farrell Lines shipping com-
panies while obtaining his
master's license. "As soon as I got
my license, I applied to work on
the Panama Canal," says
Kaufman, explaining that he had
gained a lot of admiration for
Canal operations while transiting
on merchant ships. He circled
the globe three times during his
time in the merchant marine.
Kaufman has been with the
Panama Canal agency since 1968.
When the chief pilot post was
established in 1985, he was the

first to hold the position. He
returned to piloting, however,
remaining at the job until 1992,
when he began work with the
Maritime Training Unit and on a
pilot-utilization study.
Kaufman is now responsible
for overseeing pilot scheduling
and keeping track of the more
than 200 pilots on the Canal, a
task that is made more challeng-
ing by the fact that pilots report to
work 24 hours a day at various
stations across the Isthmus. "I
plan to take a more active role in
supervising and supporting pilots
New chief
As the Panama Canal's new chief
pilot, Capt. James Kaufman, pic-
tured at right, wants to take a more
active role in overseeing pilots on
the waterway.
Photo by Jaime Fernandez

by going into the field more of-
ten," says Kaufman, explaining
that piloting is a stressful job that
takes concentration and skill and
that the place to observe the use
of those skills is aboard a ship.
Saying he has spent almost 40
years trying to become a golfer,
Kaufman is happy to claim three
holes-in-one. He and his wife,
Sofia, have a daughter, Michelle,
and son, Kirby, who both work as
airplane pilots in Panama.
F -uomu. '

Commission employees attend specialized diver-training classes


Recompression-chamber inspection Photo by Dick Wilson

Mauricio Cisneros, left, and Milciades Lao inspect the recompression
chamber aboard the Panama Canal Commission barge "Dolphin." The
two men, as well as naval architect Yolanda Chin, recently completed
specialized diver training in Florida.

A loose line wraps around a
towboat propeller, the founda-
tion of Gatun Dam needs inspect-
ing, a vessel accidentally runs
aground in Panama Canal waters
or an injured diver needs special-
ized medical treatment -- these
are the kind of challenges faced
by the Industrial Division diving
team, and training in diving skills
and diving-related medical treat-
ment is part of the preparation
for the job. Different members of
the team recently received such
training in two separate classes.
Naval architect Yolanda Chin
and diver-electrician Mauricio
Cisneros took the U.S. Navy's
"Ship Salvage Officer Training" in
Panama City, Fla. The 10-week
course teaches techniques for re-
trieving sunken or stranded ves-
sels. Chin says the first five weeks
were devoted to theories on sta-
bility, how vessels behave when
stranded or full of water, what
devices are used in salvage opera-
tions and what kinds of tugboats
are needed. The class of 28 was
then assigned to refloat a 150-
foot-long sunken training ship.
The next five weeks were spent
inspecting the wreck inside and
out, installing patches, preparing
appropriate pumps to dewater
flooded compartments, present-
ing a plan to the commanding
officer and, finally, refloating the
vessel. Students also practiced

various other salvage techniques,
such as compressed-air dewater-
ing and the use of ground tackle
and explosives. "The course
gave me a better view of how a
ship will react when it has water in
it," says Chin, who, as an engi-
neer, would use these skills in
advising the salvage team on the
stability and stress conditions of a
sunken vessel and on how water
pressure will affect salvage work.
Chin did not actually dive on
the wreck because she is not cer-
tified for industrial diving, but she
observed the process using un-
derwater photographs. Cisneros,
with eight years of experience as
a Canal diver, participated in the
underwater part of the exercise,
putting plywood and aluminum
patches on the vessel's holes be-
fore pumping air into sealed
chambers. "We tried to do the
work in the safest way possible,"
he says.
Diver-pipe fitter Milciades
Lao also went to Florida -- to Key
Largo for a course on hyperbaric
and undersea medicine. (Hyper-
baric refers to the higher pres-
sures divers are exposed to when
working below sea level.) The
training focused on how to use
oxygen and "nitrox," or oxygen-
enriched air, treatments to help
injured divers recuperate in a re-
compression chamber.
"The recompression chamber

is the only treatment for two com-
mon diving injuries-- decompres-
sion sickness (caused by inad-
equate elimination of dissolved
gas in the tissues) and arterial gas
embolisms (the entry of gas
bubbles into a person's circula-
tory system)," explains diver-pipe
fitter Brian Plaisance, who took
emergency medical technician
training last year to complement
his diving knowledge.
Lao says that the course he
took gave him more confidence
to help others in the recompres-
sion chamber, adding, "We used a
recompression chamber to simu-
late a 135-foot dive and used nitrox
to demonstrate how a diver's bot-
tom time can be increased and its
use as a therapy gas in the cham-
Salvage and Diving Depot
General Foreman Rick K.
Doubek says,"Our goal is to train
two eight-person diving teams --
each with five divers, two tenders
and a supervisor -- with various
specialty skills. Four people will
also be certified diving medical
technologists, trained in using the
recompression chamber and deal-
ing with diving-related injuries."
Like Locks Division divers,
Industrial Division divers are also
Panama Canal Commissionjour-
neymen or craftsmen, with other
employees assisting as dive ten-

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Certificate presentation Photo by Kevin Jenkins
Employee Fitness Branch ChiefJose C. Jadn presents certificates to
Balboa Police who received training in first aid and cardiopulmo-
nary resuscitation from the Panama Canal Commission. The
training was provided by Vincent Thomas and Franklin Solis.

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The Panama Canal Spillway

Friday, July 29, 1994

What's happening

Amateur radio exams
Examinations for all classes of U.S.
amateur radio licenses will be adminis-
tered by the Panama Canal Amateur Ra-
dio Association at 9 a.m. Saturday, August
6, at the Panama Canal Training Center in
Balboa. A nominal fee will be charged to
cover costs. Those wishing to upgrade
their licenses should bring the original and
a photocopy of the current license and of
any unexpired certificates from previously
passed exams. For reservations or infor-
mation on study materials, call 52-7400.

Atlantic fishing tourney
The Club NAutico Caribe, Panama Ca-
nal Tarpon Club and the Panama Canal
Yacht Club are sponsoring the second
annual Atlantic Interclub Fishing Tourna-
ment from August 1 through November
First-, second- and third-place prizes
will be awarded in the barracuda, wahoo,
kingfish, jack, tuna, marlin, sailfish and
dolphin (dorado) categories, with a mini-
mum entry weight of 10 pounds, and in the
tarpon category, with an 80-pound mini-
mum. Fishing is restricted to Atlantic
waters and the Chagres River.
To register, call the Club NAutico (41-
2220), Tarpon Club (43-5316) or yacht
club (41-5882).

ASODEC installation
A ceremony to install the new board of
directors for the Association of Canal
Employees will be held at 4:30 today, July
29, at the Panama Canal Training Center.
All Panama Canal Commission employ-
ees are invited to attend the event, which
will be followed by refreshments.

German shepherd show
The Panama Canine Club is sponsor-
ing a dog show for German shepherds
starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July31, in the
Balboa High School stadium. The pro-
gram will include an exhibition of Panama
National Police dogs. Spectators are wel-
come, and admission is free. To register or
request more information, call 32-6917.

College registration
Registration for the fall semester at
Panama Canal College will run from 9 a.m.
to 1 p.m. and 2:30 to 5 p.m. on August 22
through 24 in the college auditorium.
Classes begin Friday, August 26.
The English as a Second Language
Department has scheduled placement tests
at 1 p.m. on August 15, 17 and 19 and at 6
p.m. on August 16 and 18 in Room 204 of
Building 1033. Copies of the fall schedule
can be obtained at the main campus. The
college offers a limited revolving-loan fund
to help students budget their costs.
For more information, call the college
at 52-3304 or 52-3107.

Martial arts in Gamboa
Every Monday and Wednesday, from
5:30 to 7 p.m., the Gamboa Civic Center
comes alive with classes in the Korean
martial art of Tang Soo Do. Led by Aries
Fernandez, who holds the rank of fifth dan,
the classes are open to adults and children
over age 5. For further information, visit
the class or call 28-2643.

CPR recertification
A refresher course in cardiopulmonary
resuscitation will be offered at the Diablo
Fitness Center from 1 to 6 p.m. tomorrow,
July30. Lifeguards, policemen, firefighters
and other professional rescuers are wel-
come. To register or for information, call
the Balboa Pool at 52-5493 between 10
a.m. and 5:45 p.m.

Sports shots

Champions, three times running... Photo byAlfredo Scott
Members of the Launch/Linehandling Branch team pose for a photo after their third
consecutive championship in the Atlantic-side divisional soccer league. The team won all
of its regular season games.

Position vacancy list
Applicants must have career or career-conditional status. Application forms must be submitted
to the Employment and Placement Branch (Building 366, Ancon) on Form 443, Application for Transfer,
no later than seven calendar days from the date of this publication.
Persons selected for appointment to a permanent position and persons selected for testing-
designated positions (TDPs)will be subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment
or permanent position change. Persons already serving in a TDP will not be subject to urinalysis prior to
a permanent position change.
For certain positions in one-grade interval series where there is no position in the normal line
of promotion, in-service employees may qualify with at least one year of specialized experience at the next-
lower or second-lower level of the position.
Qualifications standards may be reviewed at the Panama Canal Commission Technical Re-
sources Center (Building 38, Balboa). For actions other than a promotion, modified qualifications will be
used to qualify applicants when their backgrounds include closely related experience that provides the skills
necessary for successful performance.
The rates of pay reflect the minimum and maximum hourly base for the grades of positions
advertised. Employees selected will be placed in the appropriate grade, step and wage base in accordance
with regulations.
Further information may be obtained from the Employment and Placement Branch (telephone 52-

Permanent positions Salaries Unit
Employees' compensation claims examiner, $11.11/$19.46 Occ, Health
NM-7/10 (Bilingual)
Mail clerk, NM-3 1 2 3 (Part-time, not to $5.64/$7.14 Admin. Svcs.
exceed 30 hours per week)(Driver's
license required.)
Small craft operations supervisor, MS-14 1 3 $20!.41/$23.81 Canal Svcs,
(Knowledge of English and Spanish,
driver's license, 65-foot motorboat license
and swimming ability required.)
Temporary promotion or detail (not to exceed one year)
General engineer, NM-9 1 3 (Driver's $13.60/$17.67 Electrical
license required.)
Temporary promotion (not to exceed one year) that may become permanent
Supervisory employee development $16.45/$25.63 Human Rsrc. Dev.
specialist, NM-11/121 3 (Bilingual)
Temporary promotion (not to exceed six months)
Office automation assistant, NM-5 3 $6.71/$8.47 Safety
(Knowledge of Spanish required.)
Upward-mobility training position
Small craft operations supervisor, $17.12/$19.97 Canal Svcs.
MS-10 1 3 5 6 (Shift work)(Knowledge of
English, driver's license and swimming
ability required. Knowledge of Spanish
and high-school diploma desirable.)
Upward-mobility training opportunity
Small craft operations supervisor, $17.12/$19.97 Canal Svcs.
MS-10 1 3 5 7 (Shift work)(Knowledge of
English, driver's license and swimming
ability required. Knowledge of Spanish
and high-school diploma desirable.)

Location Vacancies
A 1

P 1

P 1

P 1
... eleven-time winners Photo by Susan K. Stabler
Fire Division Battalion Chief Emesto A. Niles, far left, accepts this year's Atlantic
Divisional Softball League trophy from Panama Canal Commission Deputy Administra-
tor Raymond P. Laverty. Northern District firefighters, headed by team captain Ricardo
P 1 Barker, won the trophyfor the 11th year in a row -- beating IndustrialDivision in theplayoff
with a score of 16 to 9. Pictured from left are Niles, Laverty, Engineering and Construction
P 1 Director Numan H. Vdsquez, firefighter Lt. Eugenio A. Roberts and Deputy Marine
Director Carlos A. Alvarado.

P/A 1/1

I Documentation that applicant meets special requirements must be filed in Official Personnel Folder
or attached to the application; otherwise, applicant will not be considered for the vacancy.
2 The work requires the lifting, throwing, reaching for and handling of parcels and mail sacks weighing
up to 70 pounds.
3 Only PCC employees will be considered.
4 Electrical and mechanical engineering knowledge required.
5 Incumbent will be required to obtain a 65-foot motorboat license issued by the Board of Local
6 This upward-mobility trainingposition is open to employees below the target grade level. The person
selected will qualify upon completion of the training period and will be promoted to the target grade level.
7 This is an upward-mobility training opportunity and not a vacancy. At the end of the training, the
employee will qualify at the target grade of the occupation, but will have to compete for future vacancies.

The Panama Canal Commission is an equal opportunity employer.

Foreign service exam set

The U.S. Information Service has an-
nounced that the next written Foreign Ser-
vice examination will be held November 19
at the Panama Canal College.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens who
are at least 20, but no more than 59, years
old on the date of the examination. They
must be available for assignment world-
wide, including the Washington, D.C., area.
Application booklets to register for the
exam are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
weekdays at the U.S. Embassy Personnel
Office on the fourth floor of the Miramar
Buildingon BalboaAvenue and 39th Street.
They must be completed and mailed to the
registration center by October 7.

Administrator. Pana an anal Commission
Deputy Administrator
Director of Public Affairs
Associate Director
Associate Director
The Panama Canal Spillway is an official biweekly publication of
the Panama Canal Commission. Articles may be reprinted without
further permission by crediting the source. All material should be
submitted by 11:45 a.m..Thursday of the week before publication or
by 1:45 a.m. Wednesday if there is a holiday during the week of
publication. Subscriptions for 52 issues are $6 by regular mail. $4 by
regular mail for students and S19 by airmail. Checks or money
orders should be payable to the Panama Canal Commission. Call
52-3202 for further information or write the Office of Public Affairs.
Panama Canal Commission. Unit 2300. APO AA 34011-2300 or
Balboa Heights. Panama.

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NIV^ERSARIO 1914-1994

Asegurando el paso hacia el siglo veintiuno

Vol. XXXII, N 1)


Viernes 29 de julio de 1994

Construyen foso y cobertizos para tornamesa

Un contrato para construir un foso para
una tornamesa delocomotora, un cobertizo y
foso para mantenimiento y reparaci6n de
locomotoras y un cobertizo para pasacables
en el extremo norte de las Esclusas de Pedro
Miguel fue adjudicado recientemente a
Kunkel-Wiese Inc. pr $2.2 millones.
Las tornamesas estan situadas cerca de
los extremos de los muros centrales de las
esclusas para permitirque las locomotoras de
las esclusas puedan cambiar del riel este al del
oeste o viceversa. Las tornamesas tambi6n
pueden transferir locomotoras al carril de
retorno para mantenimiento o reparaciones.
Los contratistas demoleran y removerin
el piso de concreto del muro central de Pedro
Miguel hasta su base y reconstruiran la
superficie parahacer el foso donde se instalarn
la nueva tornamesa. Tan pronto termine el
trabajo a inicios del pr6ximo aflo, personal de
laDivisi6nde Esclusas proceder a ensamblar
e instalar la nueva tornamesa y trabajarA en
los rieles de remolque y carriles de retomo en
el rea. Disefiadayconstruida pr laMacton
Corporation de Connecticut, se espera que la
nueva tornamesa estd en operaci6n en abril
de 1995.
El gerente encargado de proyectos
mayores de la Divisi6n de Esclusas, Ivan
Lasso, dice que el proyecto culmina el
reemplazo de todas las tornamesas de las
esclusas, iniciado el aflo fiscal 1983 con la
instalaci6n del primerprototipode tornamesa
enel murodeaproximaci6nsurdelas Esclusas
En septiembre, empleados de las
divisiones de Esclusas y Mantenimiento
iniciaraneltrabajoenlatomamesadel extremo
sur de las Esclusas de Miraflores para
adecuarla a los estAndares existentes. Lasso
explica que su disefio es un poco diferente al
de las otras instaladas posteriormente. "Su
estructura basica estA bien, pero vamos a
cambiar sus controles para incorporar algunas
mejoras que resultaron de la operaci6n de
otras unidades que estan actualmente en
servicio", sefiala.

Tome nota
En virtud del aniversario de la
fundaci6n de la Ciudad de Panama
el 15 de agosto, el dia de pago de
la Comisi6n del Canal programado
para ese dia se adelantarc alviemes
12 de agosto.
El arreglo para darprioridad a los
empleadosde la Comisi6n del Canal
que deben renovarsus carn6s de la
Caja de Seguro Social (CSS) en el
Pacifico ha sido anulado. Los
empleados pueden ahora renovar
sus carn6s en el Departamento de
Afiliaci6n de la CSS en el Edificio
Bolivaren la Via Transistmica o en la
oficina de la CSS en el Atlantico.
Los empleadosdeben saberque se
requiere presentar cames validos
para el reclamo de compensaciones.
La Divisi6n de Electricidad de
la Comisi6n del Canal informa que
habr6 un corte de energia en la
comunidad de Cardenas el martes
2 de agosto, de 8 a.m. a 4 p.m.,
para realizar trabajos de
mantenimiento en los trans-

Operaci6n de la tornamesa Ilustraci6n por Jaime GutiBrrez
La gr6fica ilustra la operaci6n de las tornamesas en los muros centrales de las esclusas,
usadas para cambiar las locomotoras de los rieles del lado este a los del lado oeste o
viceversa. Las tornamesas tambien se usan para transferir las locomotoras al carril de
retorno para mantenimiento o reparaciones.

Reparan anden en Represa de Gatun

PorJoaquin Horna
De pie en laparte mas alta delvertedero de
la Represa de Gatin, al mirarpara un lado se
pueden ver naves de todo el mundo cruzar el
Lago Gatin, o alinearse para transitar las
Esclusas del mismo nombre. Al otro lado, el
masivo vertedero de concreto desciende
imponente desde las 14 compuertas de la
represa. Pero los trabajadores no estA en el
vertedero por la vista. Durante las semanas
pasadas han estado reparando, limpiando y
pintando el anddn que se extiende casi 700
pies en la parte mas alta de la estructura.
Como un puente, el anden de hierro estA
hecho de planchas rectangulares soportada
porvigas gruesas. Dividido en 14 secciones,
una sobre cada compuerta del vertedero, el
and6n tiene pasamanos en ambos lados y
postes de luz en cada secci6n. Se usa para
inspeccionar y Ilegar a las compuertas del
vertedero y los mecanismos para moverlas.
Los 14 hombres que trabajan en el anden
son empleados de Mechanical Contractors
S.A. Cumplen con las regulaciones de la
Comisi6n del Canal de Panama, usando
arneses, cascos, guantes, anteojos, mascaras
y otros equipos de seguridad. "Esto no es
relajo", dice RecepKose, capatazdel proyecto
para la empresa contratista,y sefiala la caida
de 100 pies desde el sitio donde se trabaja.
"Nadieviviria paracontar lahistoria despu6s
de una caida como 6sta".

Reparando el anddn

En lafoto a la derecha, contratistas en lo
alto del vertedero de la Represa de Gatun
retiran una plancha del anden de hierro
para reparar las estructuras de soporte
que hay debajo. A la izquierda observa
Recep Kose, el capataz que diseJl
algunos de los equipos especializados
para el trabajo.

Kose disefi6 el equipo especial que los
trabajadores usan para remover las planchas
del and6ny repararlas estructuras de soporte
debajo. Incluye barras en forma de "C" que
ruedan sobre los pasamanos y sostienen
grandes poleas centrales para las cadenas
usadas para remover las planchas -un trabajo
que de otra manera requeriria de cinco
obreros. Kose tambi6n disefi6 canastas de
hierro adaptables que se instalan bajo las
planchas para tener acceso a las estructuras
de soporte.
Los trabajadores ya han reparado y
reemplazado muchas de las estructuras que
soportan las vigas principales del and6n. La
obra incluy6 remover ms de 1,200 remaches,
instalados por los constructores de la represa
hace casi 81 afios, para reemplazarlos por
tornillos y tuercas.
El problema mas serio del trabajo ha sido
la corrosi6n, que hizo necesario modificar el
contrato original de $149,477. En virtud de

que muchas partes oxidadas fueron
descubiertas al remover las planchas, un
segundo contrato sera preparado para
reparaciones adicionales. "La meta es dejar
el andn casi como nuevo", diceel especialista
en corrosi6n de la Divisi6n de Ingenieria
Marco Chen.
Segun Chen, las condiciones del lado
AtlAntico facilitan la corrosi6n de las
estructuras de metal. "Es producida por
vientos recurrentes que vienen del mar",
explica. "Todo lo que estA en el camino del
viento es susceptible a la corrosi6n".
El equipode laDivisi6n de Ingenieria que
anualmente inspecciona todas las represas
de la Comisi6n recomend6 el proyecto actual
en la Represa de Gatin despuds de su iltima
inspecci6n. Los ingenieros del Canal estiman
que la obra mantendri el and6n en buenas
condiciones durante diez afios, cuando
volvera a ser necesario limpiarlo, pintarlo y
hacerle otras reparaciones menores.

Foto por Joaquin Horna

Unidad cambia de nombre,
amplia sus funciones
La Oficina de Administraci6n Ejecutiva
de la Comisi6n del Canal de PanamA ha cam-
biadosu nombrea Oficina de Administraci6n
Ejecutiva y Coordinaci6n de Transici6n, y
sus estatutos se han expandido para aumentar
su papel en la coordinaci6n de preparativos
para latransferencia delosbienesy operaci6n
del Canal a la Repiblica de Panama en cum-
plimiento con el Tratado del Canal. El cambio
fue anunciado durante la reuni6n de la Junta
Directiva de la Comisi6n el 13 dejulio en un
informe de su Comit6 Activo de Transici6n.
El comity reconoci6 la efectividad de la
planificaci6n e implementaci6n de la tran-
sici6n realizadas por la Comisi6n desde la
entrada envigor del tratado en 1979, yel 6xito
de su estrategia descentralizada que agrup6
a expertos dentro de la agencia asignados a
tareas especificas. Aunque esta estrategia
continuari, al ampliarse los requisitos rela-
cionados con la transici6n en los pr6ximos
afios, hara falta mayor coordinaci6n dentro
de la Comisi6n y con otras organizaciones,
incluyendo el gobierno de PanamA y los
departamentos de Estado y Defensa de los
Estados Unidos.
Los esfuerzos para establecer un punto
de enfoque mas visible y formal dentro de la
Comisi6n para asuntos de coordinaci6n de la
transici6n han mejorado la organizaci6n.
Reforzando las acciones de la Comisi6n al
respecto, la junta directiva sefial6 que la
designaci6n de una oficina central promovera
y facilitarA los actuales esfuerzos de transici6n
entre los gobiernos panamefto y

SDillwav del Canal de Panama

Viemes 29 de julio de 1994

SAMAAP celebra aniversario del Canal

La Sociedad de Amigos del Museo
Afroantillano de Panama ha anunciado una
semana completa de actividades para
conmemorar el 800aniversario del Canal de
Panama. Los eventos son parte del programa
anual "Conoce tu Canal", que resalta las
contribuciones de los afroantillanos durante
la construcci6n del Canaly busca educar a la
comunidad panamefia sobre la historia,
operaci6ny mantenimiento de la via acuatica.
La celebraci6n se inicia el 14 de agosto a
las 10:30 a.m. con una misa abierta de acci6n
de gracias en la Iglesia Cat6lica Emanuel en
PuebloNuevo. Al dia siguiente, miembros de
la sociedad e invitados abordaran lanchas a
las 9 a.m. en el Muelle deLas Cruces para una
romeriaenel CorteGaillard. Quienes deseen
asistir deben contactar a Noris de Arauz al

teldfono 62-5348 antes del 11 de agosto.
Se ofrecerAn giras para estudiantes al
Edificiode Administraci6n, al Centrode Con-
trol de Trifico Maritimo y las Esclusas de
Miraflores el 16 de agosto.
Elmuseoabriride 10a.m.a4p.m.el 17de
agosto para visitas con guias. Durante el dia
habri una exposici6n de arte y en la tarde se
premiarA a los ganadores de los concursos
estudiantilesdecomposici6nymurales. El 18
de agosto, un grupo de estudiantes viajara en
el tren turistico a losjardines Summit.
Hoyvenceel plazo para contactara Arauz
y hacer reservaciones para un trAnsito parcial
por el Canal el 19 de agosto. Los miembros de
la sociedad culminaran la celebraci6n del
aniversario el domingo 20 de agosto con un
brindis de clausura.

Comisi6n programa eventos deportivos
El Ramo de Acondicionamiento Fisico ha programado los siguientes eventos para
conmemorar el 80o. aniversario del Canal de Panama el 15 de agosto. Para mas informaci6n
lame en la semana aRoberto Vaca(52-6827), OscarMassiah (52-2903), Carlos A. Campo (43-
5242) o RendTempro (43-5353) de 1:30 a 8:30 p.m.; Francisco Ibdrico (52-5852) del mediodia
a7p.m. yElmodioSingh(56-6274)de 11:30 a.m. a6:30 p.m.

Actividad (y detalles)
Torneo de billar de
nueve bolas cantadas
(12 primeros en inscribirse)
Competencia de tiro-tres puntos
Torneo de tenis de mesa
(intermedios y avanzados)
Torneo de tenis (intermedios
y avanzados)
Torneo de voleibol mixto
"Caminata corporal"
Carrera de seis kil6metros
(18-29,30-39,40-49, masde 50)
Baloncesto -- Apoyo Log.
vs. Planta de Gatun
Fftbol --Mantenim. vs.
Serv. del Canal
Super aer6bicos
Torneo de tenis
Voleibol --Dragadovs. Gamboa
Baloncesto -- Dragado
vs. Smithsonian
F6tbol -- Dragado vs.
Torneo de tenis de mesa
(edades 11-14y 15-19)
Torneo debillar (menores de 10,
ll-14y 15-19)


4p.m. 8-15/8

4p.m. 15/8


3:30p.m. 13/8

7p.m. 8/8

4p.m. 9/8
5p.m. 10/8
4p.m. 9/8

4p.m. 12/8

4p.m. 12/8



Ctr. Dep. Balboa

Gim. Esc. Balboa
Ctr. Dep. Bal./Diab.

Canchas de Diablo
Pta. Diab. y Gim.
Calzada de Amador

Punta Diablo

Gimnasio de Gatfin

Campo de Gatfin
Gimnasio de Gatun
Canchas de Gat6n
Cent. Dep. de Gamboa

Cent. Dep. de Gamboa

Campo de Gamboa

Cent. Juvenil de Gat6n

Cent. Juvenil de Gatfin

Cnel. William Sibert


del Canal
Pararesaltar a quienesjugaron papeles
clave en la construccidn del Canal de
Panama, esta serie conmemora el 800
aniversariode laviaacudtica. Estd dedicada
a cada uno de los 75, 000hombresy mujeres
cuyos esfuerzos condujeron a la apertura
del Canal de 15 de agosto de 1914.

El Cnel. William Sibert experto construc-
tor de esclusas y represas, fue asignado en
1907 adirigirtodoeltrabajoenellado Atlntico
del Canal de Panama.
La tarea incluia la construcci6nde camaras
y aproximaciones para una esclusa de una
milla de largo, dos millones deyardas cibicas
de concreto en una sola estructura; la Represa
Gatin, de millay media de largoy una base de
media milla de grueso para formar un lago

artificial a 85 pies sobre el nivel del mar; el
gigantesco vertedero con casi el doble de
capacidad que el Niagara; y la estaci6n
hidroeldctrica, que podria generar energia
para las esclusas y la comunidad canalera.
En septiembre de 1913, Sibert observ6 al
remolcador Gatun hacerel primertrinsito por
las esclusas, tranquiloy sin complicaciones.
En la foto de arriba, Sibert observa los
trabajos de construcci6n.

Reconocen a empleados

Premiospor desempeAo Foto por Jaime Fernindez
Empleados de la Divisi6n de Protecci6n del Canal se reinen para recibir sendos
premios por desempeio superior y sobresaliente en una ceremonia a principios de mes.

A ponerse el cinturdn Foto por Jaime FernAndez
La ayudante estudiantil Cathy Rigby coloca afiches para recordar a los empleados de
la Comisi6n del Canal de Panamd a usar cinturones de seguridad. Estudiantes de
primariayprimer ciclo de las Escuelas del Departamento de Defensa hicieron los
afiches que estdn en exhibici6n en la Oficina de Tesoreria en Balboa.

Companero honesto Foto por Dick Wilson
Adriano Vasquez, izquierda, devuelve la cartera que encontr6 en el piso de un taller de
pintura a su duelo, el mechnico de mantenimiento Samuel Soto C. Ademds de dinero,
la cartera contenia tarjetas de cr&dito e identificaciones de Soto.

Piaina 9


Viemes 29 de julio de 1994

Spillway del Canal de Panama

Proyecto prevendrb derrumbes

Un contrato de drenaje por
casi $1 mill6n, para prevenir desli-
zamientos de tierra manteniendo
el agua alejada de taludes propen-
sos a deslizamientos, fue otorgado
por la Comisi6n del Canal a Cons-
tructora Urbana S.A. el mes pa-
sado. Programado para terminar
a mediados de octubre, la obra
cambiard el curso de la desviaci6n
del Rio Obispo.
Antes de la construcci6n del
Canal de Panama, el curso natu-
ral del Rio Obispo pasaba por lo
que es hoy el Corte Gaillard. La
excavaci6n del corte requeria
drenar el Area, por lo que se desvi6
el rio por primera vez.
La desviaci6n existente, con
casi el doble de la extensi6n del
curso planificado, toma mis tiem-
po para llevar el agua al punto en
que se vierte en el corte, permi-
tiendo que se filtre en los taludes
del area, haci6ndolos inestables.
"Estamos enderezando la ruta y
haci6ndola mas corta para que el
agua pase mas rapido y no debilite

los taludes, lo cual puede producir
deslizamientos", dice el coordina-
dor del proyecto Carlos Reyes.
Usando un disefio hidraulico
del ingeniero Est6ban Saenz, se
estan excavando unos 120,000
metros cubicos para construir un
nuevo drenaje de concreto de o-
cho metros de base con una pisci-
na al final. "La piscina es necesa-
ria porque la poderosa corriente
podria crear problemas de estabi-
lidad en el talud y turbulencias en
el corte, lo que afectaria los trAnsi-
tos", explica Reyes, quien afiade
que se esta usando concreto para
el drenaje porque es imper-
meable y menos caro.
Unproyecto de drenaje menor
se realiz6 el afio pasado, bajo el
programa de control de desliza-
mientos de la Comisi6n, y cuatro
proyectos similares estan progra-
mados para el otro afio. El actual
proyecto tambi6n incluira la cons-
trucci6n de una nueva carretera
de acceso para dar mantenimiento
a la desviaci6n.

Ejercicios en el trabajo Foto por Josd C. Ja6n
Eddy Veldsquez y Jorge Castafieda, del Ramo de Acondicionamiento Fisico del Empleado, dirigen los
ejercicios matutinos de empleados de la Divisi6n de Apoyo Logistico, comoparte delprograma de ejercicios
en el trabajo de la Comisi6n del Canal. Disefiadoparaprevenir lesiones de trabajo, elprograma tambien se
ofrece a las divisiones de Electricidady Salud Ocupacional, mientras que las de Esclusasy Dragado esperan
su tumo. Otras unidades interesadas deben Ilamar al 52-7766 de 12:45 a 4:15p.m.

Comision nombra nuevo practice jefe

Tras lajubilaci6n del Capt. D.
P. Garrido, el Capt. James P.
Kaufman ha sido nombrado prac-
ticojefe de la Comisi6n del Canal
de Panama.
Egresado de la Academia de
Marina Mercante de los Estados
Unidos, Kaufman sirvi6 en la Ar-
mada de los Estados Unidos y
trabaj6 para las compaiiias navie-
ras American Export-Isbrandtsen
y Farrell Lines mientras obtenia
sulicencia decapitan. 'Tan pronto
obtuve mi licencia solicit empleo
en el Canal de Panama", dice
Kaufman, explicando que su ad-
miraci6n por las operaciones del
Canal crecia mientras transitaba
en barcos mercantes. Recorri6 el
mundo tres veces durante su
periodo en la marina mercante.
Kaufman ha trabajado en la a-
gencia del Canal desde 1968. Fue
el primer prActicojefe, cuando se
estableci6 la posici6n en 1985.

Sin embargo, volvi6 a pilotar,
manteni6ndose en el trabajo hasta
1992, cuando comenz6 a trabajar
con la Unidad de Adiestramiento
Maritimo y en un estudio de utili-
zaci6n de practices.
Kaufman es ahora responsable
de supervisar los horarios de los
practices yestaral tantodel traba-
jo de mas de 200 practices, tarea
que se hace mas dificil por el he-
cho que los practices trabajan 24
horas al dia en varias estaciones a
trav6s del Istmo. "Planeo tomar
un papel mas activo al supervisar
y apoyar a los practices saliendo
al campo mis a menudo", dice

Nuevo jefe
Como nuevo jefe de prdcticos del
Canal de Panamd, el Capt. James
Kaufman, a la derecha, quiere to-
marun rolmds activo en la supervi-
si6n deprtcticos en la via acudtica.
Foto por Jaime'FernBndez

Kaufman, explicando que pilotar
es un trabajo muy duro que re-
quiere concentraci6n y habilidad
y que el lugar para observar el uso
de esas habilidades es a bordo de
un barco.
Diciendo que ha pasado casi
40 afios intentando convertirse
en golfista, Kaufman se contenta
con presumir de tres hoyos en
uno. El y su esposa Sofia tienen
unahija, Michelle, y unhijo, Kirby,
ambos trabajando como pilotos
de aviaci6n en Panama.

Empleados canaleros asisten a clases especializadas de buceo

Inspeccionan cimara de recompresi6n Foto por Dick Wilson
Mauricio Cisneros, izquierda, y Milciades Lao inspeccionan la cdmara
de recompresi6n a bordo de la barcaza de la Comisi6n del Canal
"Dolphin". Ambos empleados, lo mismo que la arquitecta naval
Yolanda Chin, completaron recientemente un adiestramiento de buceo
especialiazado en Florida.

Una soga se enreda en la pro-
pela de un remolcador, la base de
la Represa de Gattin requiere ins-
pecci6n, un barco encalla acciden-
talmente en aguas del Canal de
Panama o un buzo herido requiere
tratamiento m6dico especializado
-- este es el tipo de retos que en-
cara el equipo de buzos de la Di-
visi6n Industrial, y desarrollar sus
destrezas de buceo y tratamiento
medico es parte de su preparaci6n.
Varios miembros del equipo fue-
ron adiestrados recientemente en
dos cursos separadas.
La arquitecta naval Yolanda
Chin y el buzo electricista Mauri-
cio Cisneros tomaron el "Adiestra-
miento de Salvamento de Naves
para Oficiales", ofrecido por la
Armada estadounidense en Pana-
ma City, Florida. El curso de 10
semanas ensefia t6cnicas para res-
catar naves hundidas o perdidas.
Chin dice que las primeras cinco
semanas aprendieron teoria sobre
estabilidad, comportamiento de
naves perdidas o inundadas, equi-
pos y remolcadores usados en
operaciones de salvamento.
Luego los 28 estudiantes tuvieron
que sacar a flote un barco hundido
de 150 pies de largo.
Durante cinco semanas ins-
peccionaron la averia adentro y
afuera, instalaron parches, pre-
pararon bombas para drenar los
compartimientos inundados, pre-
sentaronun plan al oficial de man-
do y, finalmente, sacaron la nave.

Tambi6n practicaron otras tdc-
nicas de salvamento, tales como
drenar con aire comprimidoyapli-
car aparejos y explosivos. "El cur-
so me dio una mejor visi6n de c6-
mo reccionarA un barco hundido",
dice Chin, quien, como ingeniera,
debe altertar al equipo de salva-
mento sobre la estabilidad y condi-
ciones de presi6n de una nave
hundida, y sobre c6mo la presi6n
del agua afectara el esfuerzo.
Chin no buce6 en la prActica
porque no esta certificada para
buceo industrial, pero la observ6
por medio de fotografias sub-
marinas. Cisneros, con ocho afios
de experiencia como buzo del Ca-
nal, particip6 en la parte sub-
marina del ejercicio, colocando
parches de madera y aluminio en
los huecos de la nave antes de
bombear aire en las cAmaras sella-
das. "Tratamos de trabajar en la
manera mas segura posible", dice.
El buzo colocador de tuberias
Milciades Lao tambi6n fue a Flori-
da -- a Key Largo, para un curso
de medicina hiperbArica y sub-
marina. (HiperbArica se refiere a
las altas presiones a que estAn ex-
puestos los buzos bajo). El adies-
tramiento se centr6 en el uso de
tratamientos de oxigenoy "nitrox",
aire rico en oxigeno, para ayudar
a buzos heridos a recuperarse en
una cAmara de recompresi6n.
"La cAmara de recompresi6n
es el fnico tratamiento para dos
lesiones comunes de buceo -- ma-

reo por descompresi6n (causado
por la eliminaci6n inadecuada de
gas disuelto en los tejidos) y embo-
lias por gas arterial (la entrada de
burbujas en el sistema circulato-
rio de una persona)", explica el
buzo colocador de tuberias Brian
Plaisance, quien se aprendi6 t6cni-
cas de emergencia m6dica el afio
pasado para complementar sus
conocimientos de buceo.
Lao dice que el curso le ha da-
do mas confianza para ayudar a
otros en la camara de recompre-
si6n,yaiiade: "Usamosuna cAma-
ra de recompresi6n para simular
una inmersi6n de 135 pies y usa-
mos nitrox para demostrar c6mo
se puede aumentar el tiempo de
un buzo en el fondo y su uso como
gas de terapia en la camara".
El Capataz General de la Esta-
ci6n de Salvamento y Buceo, Rick
K. Doubek, dice: "Nuestra meta
es adiestrar dos equipos de buceo
de ocho personas -- cada uno con
cinco buzos, dos vigilantes y un
supervisor -- con varias habilida-
des especializadas. Cuatro esta-
ran tambi6n certificadas como t6c-
nicos m6dicos de buceo, adiestra-
dos en el uso de la cAmara de re-
compresi6n y el tratamiento de
lesiones relacionadas al buceo".
Igual que los buzos de la Divi-
si6n de Esclusas, los buzos de la
Divisi6n Industrial tambi6n son
artesanos de la Comisi6n del Ca-
nal de Panama; y otros empleados
ayudan como vigilantes.

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Presentan certificados Foto por Kevin Jenkins
El Jefe del Ramo de Adiestramiento Fisico Jose C. Jaen entrega
certificados a agentes de la Policia de Balboa que tomaron clases
deprimeros auxiliosy resucitaci6n cardiopulmonaren la Comisi6n
del Canal de Panama. El adiestramiento lo ofrecieron Vincent
Thomas y Franklin Solis.



Spillway del Canal de Panama

Viernes 29 de julio de 1994

Eventos Locales

Examen para radioaficionados
La Asociaci6n de Radioaficionados del
Canal de Panama hard examenes para todo
tipo de licencia el 6 de agosto a las 9 a.m. en
el Centro de Adiestramiento del Canal en
Balboa. Se cobrard una cuota m6dica para
cubrircostos. Quienes deseenactualizar sus
licencias deben presentar el original y una
fotocopia desu licencia actual yde cualquier
certificado expirado de pruebas tomadas
anteriormente. Para informaci6n sobre
materiales deestudio, llameal 52-7400.
Torneode pesca
El Club Nautico Caribe, el Club Tarpon de
Panama y el Club de Yates del Canal de
Panama patrocinan el segundo Torneo Anual
de Pesca Interclubes del Atlantico del lo. de
agosto al 30 de noviembre.
Los premios del primer, segundo y tercer
lugar se otrogaran en las categorias de barra-
cuda, wahoo, pez caballa, pez gato, atin, pez
aguja, pez vela y dorado, con peso de entrada
minimo de 10 libras, y en la categoria de
sAbalo, con un minimo de 80 libras. La pesca
esta restringida al AtlAnticoy el Rio Chagres.
Para inscribirse, llamar al Club Nautico
(41-2220), Club Tarpon (43-5316) oal club de

Toma de posesi6n deASODEC
Hoy 29dejulio, alas 4:30 p.m., se realizariA
la toma deposesi6n de la nuevajunta directiva
de la Asociaci6n de Empleados del Canal en
el Centro de Adiestramiento. Todos los
empleados del Canal estan invitados a asistir
al evento y al refrigerio posterior.
Competencia canina
El Club Canino de PanamA presentara un
espectaculo depastores alemanes el domingo
31 dejulio a las 10 a.m. en el estadio de la
Escuela Secundaria de Balboa. El programa
incluira una exhibici6n de los perros de la
Policia Nacional de Panama.
La entrada es gratuita. Para inscribirse o
para mas informaci6n, Ilame al 32-6917, 28-
Matricula universitaria
Las matriculas para el segundo semestre
del Panama Canal College seran del 22 al 24
deagosto, de 9 a.m. a 1 p.m. yde2:30 a5 p.m.,
en el auditorio. Las clases se inician el 26 de
agosto. El Departamento de Inglds como
Segundo Idioma tendra pruebasde selecci6n
el 15, 17 y 19 de agosto a la 1 p.m.,y el 16 y
18 de agosto a las 6 p.m. en el Aula 204. El
horario del segundo semestre esta disponible
en el campus. El college ofrece pr6stamos
limitados para ayudar a los estudiantes.
Mas informaci6nenel 52-3304652-3107.

Artes marcialesen Gamboa
El Centro Civico de Gamboa ofrece clases
de Tang Soo Do, arte marcial coreano, todos
los lunes y mi6rcoles de 5:30 a 7 p.m. Las
clases son dirigidas por el quinto dan Aries
Fernandez y estan abiertas a adultos y nifios
mayores de 5 afios. Para mas informaci6n,
visite la clase o llame al 28-2643.

Repaso de RCP
Un curso de repaso de resucitaci6n
cardiopulmonar se ofrecera en el Centro
Deportivo deDiablo el 30 dejulio de 1 a 6 p.m.
Salvavidas, policias, bomberos y otros
profesionales del rescate estAn invitados a
asistir. Para inscribirse llame a la Piscina de
Balboaal 52-5493 de 10a.m. a5:45 p.m.

Notas deportivas

Campeones por tercer ano consecutivo ... Foto por Alfredo Scott
Miembros del equipo delRamo de Lanchasy Pasacables celebran tras ganarpor tercera
a~o consecutivo la liga divisional defutbol del lado Atlcntico. El equipo gand todos sus
juegos de la temporada.

Lista de vacantes
Los solicitantes deben ser empleados de carrera o de carrera condicional. Los fonnularios de solicitud
deben presentarse al Ramo de Empleo y Colocaciones (Edificio 366, Anc6n) en el Formulario 443, Solicitud
de Traslado, a mis tardar siete dias calendario despues de publicado este aviso.
Aquellos que sean escogidos para un puesto pemlanente o para un puesto designado para prueba al azar
por drogas (TDP), tendrin que someterse a una prueba de urindlisis para descartar el uso de drogas ilegales
antes del nombramiento o del cambio de puesto permanente. No se exigird el urinilisis a los empleados
que ocupen un puesto sujeto a prueba por drogas, antes del cambio de puesto permanente.
Para algunos puestos de series de intervalos de un grado donde no existe puesto en la linea de ascenso
normal, los empleados permanentes podrin calificar con un minimo de un aiio de experiencia especializada
en puestos en el primer o segundo nivel inmediatamente inferior.
Los solicitantes podran repasar los requisitos de cada puesto en el Centro de Recursos Tecnicos de la
Comisi6n del Canal de Panama (Edificio 38, Balboa). Aquellos que por raz6n de su experiencia posean
las pericias y habilidades necesarias para ejercer el puesto, serin calificados con base en requisitos
modificados. Esto no se aplica si se trata de un ascenso.
Las tarifas de pago abajo citadas son las tarifas miinimas y maximas de pago por hora correspondientes
a los grados de las vacantes anunciadas. Los empleados seleccionados para Ilenar una vacante serin
colocados en el escal6n, grado y tarifa bdsica salarial correspondiente, de conformidad con los reglamentos.
Para mas informaci6n, Ilamar al Ramo de Empleo y Colocaciones al telefono 52-3583.

Puestos permanentes Salario Unidad Sitio
Examinador de reclamos de
compensaci6n de empleados, NM-7/10 $11.11/$19.46 Salud Ocupac. A
Oficinista de correos, NM-3 12 3 $5.64/$7.14 Serv. Admin. P
(Tiempo parcial, miximo 30 horas por
semana. Debe tener licencia de conducir.)
Supervisor de operaciones de
embarcaciones pequefias, MS-14 3 $20.41/$23.81 Serv. Canal P
(Debe saber ingl6s y espafiol, tener
licencia de conducir, licencia para
manejar motonaves de 65 pies y saber nadar.)
Ascenso o asignaci6n temporal (miximo un aiio)
Ingeniero general, NM-9 1 3 $13.60/$17.67 Electricidad P
(Debe tener licencia de conducir.)
Ascenso temporal (miximo un afio) que puede convertirse en permanente
Especialista supervisor en
desarrollo del empleado,
NM-11/12 1' (Bilingue) $16.45/$25.63 Des. Rec. Hum. P
Ascenso temporal (maximo seis meses)
Asistente de automatizaci6n de
oficinas, NM-5 1 3 $6.71/$8.47 Seguridad P
(Debe saber espafiol.)
Puesto de adiestramiento de movilidad ascendente
Supervisor de operaciones de
embarcaciones pequefias, MS-10 1 36 $17.12/$19.97 Serv. Canal P
(Debe trabajar turos, saber
ingl6s, tener licencia deconducir y
saber nadar. Es deseable que sepa
espafiol y que tenga diploma de secundaria.)
Oportunidad deadiestramiento demovilidad ascendente
Supervisor de operaciones de
embarcaciones pequefias, MS-10 7 $17.12/$19.97 Serv. Canal P/A
(Debe trabajar tumos, saber ingl6s,
tener licencia de conducir y saber
nadar. Es deseable que sepa espafiol
y que tenga diploma de secundaria.)









' La documentaci6n que pruebe que el solicitante Ilena los requisitos especiales debe adjuntarse a la solicitud
o incluirse en el expediente oficial de personal; de lo contrario, no se considerara al solicitante para la
2 El trabajo requiere levantar, tirar, alcanzar, y manejar paquetes y sacos de correo que pesan hasta 70
3 S61o se considerarA a empleados de la Comisi6n.
4 Se requieren conocimientos de ingenieria electrica y mecinica.
SLa persona debe obtener una licencia para manejar motonaves de 65 pies emitida por la Junta de
Inspectores Locales.
6 Esta posici6n de adiestramiento de movilidad ascendente esta abierta a empleados debajo del grado tope.
La persona elegida calificara al completar el periodo de adiestramiento y serd promovida al grado tope.
' Esta es una oportunidad de adiestramiento de mobilidad ascendente y no un puesto vacante. Al final
del adiestramiento, el empleado calificari para el grado tope de la posici6n, pcro tendri que competir para
vacantes futuras.
La Comisi6n del Canal de Panama se ajusta a la Leyde Igualdad de Oportunidades.

... y ganadores por once aAos Foto por Susan K. Stabler
ElJefe deBatall6n de la Divisi6n deBomberosErnestoA. Niles, extrema izquierda, recibe
el trofeo de la LigaDivisional de Bola Suave delAtlintico de manosdel Subadministrador
de la Comisi6n del CanalRaymond P. Laverty. Los bomberos del Distrito Norte, dirigidos
por el capitan Ricardo Barker, ganaron el trofeopor onceavo aio consecutivo tras veneer
a la Divisidn Industrial con un marcador de 16 a 9. Desde la izquierda aparecen Niles,
Laverty, el Director de Ingenieria y Construcci6n Numan H. Vasquez, el teniente de
bomberos Eugenio A. Roberts y el Subdirector de Marina CarlosA. Alvarado.

USIS anuncia ex menes

El Servicio Informativo de los Estados
Unidos anuncia que la pr6xima prueba escrita
para el Servicio Extranjero sera el 19 de
noviembre en el Panama Canal College.
Los solicitantes deben ser ciudadanos
estadounidenses no menores de 20 aflos ni
mayores de 59 para la fecha de la prueba.
Deben estar disponibles para asignaciones
alrededor del mundo, incluyendo el area de
Los folletos de inscripci6n para la prueba
pueden obtenerse los dias de semana en la
Oficina de Personal de la Embajada de los
Estados Unidos en el cuarto piso del Edificio
Miramaren Avenida Balboa y Calle 39. Deben
Ilenarse y enviarse por correo al centro de
inscripci6n para el 7 de octubre.

Spillway Miji
Admitnistrador. Comisi6n del (Canal de Panama
Suhad inistrador
l)irertora i'e Relaio,,, Piblh-las
Director Asociado
Directora Asociada
Fl Spillway del Canal de Panamnt es una puhlicaci6n oficial
quincenal de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama. Los articulos que en
ella aparecen pueden ser reproducidos sin pedir autorivaci6n.
unicamcnie acreditando la fuene. Toda colahoracion debe ser
entregada antes del mediodia del jueves anterior a la semana dc su
publicaci6n. o antes del mediodia del micrcoles si hay algun dia
feriado duranme la semana de publicacin. subscripciones de 52
ejemplares cuestan S6 por correo regular. S4 por correo regular
para esludiantes y 519 por correo acrco. Envie cheque o giro postal
a favor de la Comision del Canal de Panama. Para mayor
informaci6n. Ilame at 52-3202 o escriha a la Oficina de Relacio-
nes Piiblicas dc la omissionn del ('anal de PanamA. llnit 2300.
APO AA 34011-2300 o Altos de Balhoa. Panama.

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