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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 10, 1995
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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Bibliographic ID: UF00094771
Volume ID: VID00268
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 02582102
lccn - 83642750
issn - 0364-8044
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Preceded by: Spillway
Succeeded by: Faro (Balboa, Panama)

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Management action, employee effort help reduce backlog

Delays attributed to
unexpected arrivals,
overhaul lane outage
In response to unusually high
transit demand, especially by larger
ships, during December and Janu-
ary, the Panama Canal Commis-
sion has taken a variety of opera-
tional and staffing measures to re-
duce the waiting time for transits
while, at the same time, maintain-
ing Panama Canal standards for
safety and efficiency.

Additional line-handling crews
were provided, and tug and locks
crews were increased to the maxi-
mum possible within available re-
sources. This was achieved through
overtime, special assignments, the
hiring of personnel, the activation
of standby equipment and the tem-
porary deferral of non-essential
work. The transit booking system
was suspended January 17 as a
further means of eliminating tran-
sit delays.
These efforts have helped re-

duce the number of vessels await-
ing transit from 139 as of midnight
January 18 to 38 at the same time
Tuesday. It is anticipated that nor-
mal operations will be restored in
the next few days.
A total of 1,167 vessels arrived
at the Canal for transit last month,
up from 1,036 in January 1994. An
extraordinary increase in grain ship-
ments, particularly corn, moving
from the U.S. Gulf Coast to Japan,
Chile and the west coast of Mexico,
resulted in a significant change in

traffic patterns at the Canal for
January. Shipments of fruit from
Chile and Ecuador to the U.S. East
Coast also increased. The result-
ing backlog was further com-
pounded by the lane outage sched-
uled in connection with lastmonth's
overhaul at Gatun Locks.
Recognizing the impact of the
backlog on Canal customers, the
Commission increased average
daily transits in January from 38.4
before the lane outage to 41.5 after.
The latter figure represents an in-

crease of almost seven vessels over
the daily average for the four previ-
ous years.
Joining other Commission offi-
cials in recognizing employees for
their exemplary efforts to resolve
the crisis, Traffic Management
Division Chief Sam H. Mann said,
"Our staff worked under tremen-
dous strain. We were flooded by
letters, calls and pressures from
shipping agents and owners, but
everyone -- from the clerks to the
watch supervisors -- was really
concerned about doing his or her
part to get the maximum number of
transits scheduled each day." Ca-
al Operations Captain G.A.
larkham also expressed apprecia-
on for the long hours of hard work
y Commission employees to re-
uce the backlog. "The worst is
now behind us," he said earlier this

Atlantic launch crews rescue three from Canal waters

By Susan K. Stabler

Since November, Northern Dis-
trict Canal Services Division launch
crews have rescued people from
Panama Canal waters on three sepa-
rate occasions. Well-trained for
such emergencies, the crews
handled each situation swiftly and
skillfully. R.D. "Lucky" Dunlap,

chief of launch and line-handling
operations, for the Northern Dis-
trict, explains, "Canal Services
Division launches all conform to
U.S. Coast Guard safety regula-
tions. The crews of each launch,
including line handlers who relieve
as launch seamen, have undergone
training in man-overboard proce-

Four decades of service Photo by Kevin Jenkins
Panama Canal Commission Administrator Gilberto Guardia F., left,
congratulates Engineering and Construction Bureau Director Numan
H. Vdsquez for having completed 40 years of service to the Panama
Canal agency. An engineer, Vdsquez has worked in a number ofjobs in
the Engineering and Electrical divisions, serving as chief of each before
being promoted into his current position. Members of his family were
present for the 40-year award presentation, which was made in conjunc-
tion with a senior management conference.

The first incident occurred at
4:50 a.m. November 1. Panama
Canal Commission launch opera-
tor Luis Montenegro and seaman
Enrique McTaggart, aboard the
launch Pike, saw a man fall into
Cristobal Harbor from the Panama
National Port Authority launch,
Sierra I, as it pulled away from a
moving vessel. Its crew unaware
of the emergency, the Sierra I con-
tinued on its way. "We saw the
man fall and saw the Sierra I aban-
don him," Montenegro says, "so I
immediately steered to the site
where we saw him in the water. I
told the seaman to throw him a life
jacket and to put out the ladder."
Dunlap notes that the 12-foot-
long recovery ladder is made of
light aluminum and can be handled
easily by one person. After the
man was returned, wet, but un-
harmed, to the Sierra I, he wrote a
letter, saying, "I give my apprecia-
tion to the Panama Canal Commis-
sion workers who rescued me."
The second rescue took place at
12:10 a.m. January 4, as launch
operator Armando Shepherd and
seaman Julian Julio, aboard the
launch Corvina, were picking up
line handlers from the vessel Bra-

continued on page 3 ...

Dry-season conditions ideal for sparking grass fires

The long nine-month wait for
the dry season in Panama ends with
three rewarding months of bright,
sunny days that attract many to the
beach and to special outdoor ac-
tivities. Along with the fun that the
season brings, however, are dis-
tinct hazards, such as the increased
threat of grass fires.
Grass fires, which start easily
and are spread quickly by dry-sea-
son winds, are a major concern for
Canal area firefighters. Inspec-
tions are carried out frequently to
ensure that grass is cut back, espe-
cially in areas where a fire might
damage buildings or equipment.
Among other preventive mea-
sures used by the Panama Canal
Commission'sFire and Emergency
Services Division is the controlled
burning of potentially hazardous

areas to prevent accidental, unsu-
pervised fires and to clear out areas
that serve as barriers by keeping
fires from spreading. The con-
trolled fires are set early in the day,
when it's cooler and the chances of
starting accidental fires are lower.
Sometimes grass fires occur
naturally, with the hot sun able to
ignite dry leaves and grass after
prolonged exposure. But many
times, blazes are caused by the
careless act of throwing lit ciga-
rettes or matches into grassy areas.
Pointing out that sparks from out-
door barbecues can also wreak
havoc, firefighters recommend that
special precautions be taken, in-
cluding setting grills away from
tall grass or dry leaves and never
leaving them unattended.
Unless supervised by fire-fight-

ers, fires should not be set to elimi-
nate unwanted grass because the
combination of winds and the over-
all dryness of the environment can
create dangers. And, as always,
matches and lighters should be kept
out of children's reach. Everyone
should keep a portable fire extin-
guisher to use in the event of a
small outbreak near their homes,
but do not attempt to extinguish a
major fire with an extinguisher.
Instead, have someone call the near-
est fire station and report the exact
location of the emergency. In the
Canal area, the number is 119; in
other parts of Panama it is 103.
While fire prevention is of par-
ticular concern during the dry sea-
son, it should be a year-round ef-
fort that is aimed at preventing loss
of life and property.

Signal-tower work Photo by Jaime Femrnndez
Working from the signal tower they are assembling, Electrical Division
employees wait for a crane to bring the tower's second section into
position. Below them, Maintenance Division workers inspect a drainage
ditch for the new signal station replacing the one at La Pita, an area on
the east bank of the Canal being excavated under the Gaillard Cut
widening program. To firmly anchor the tower in its new location, 388
tons of concrete were used to make a 30-foot-wide, 30-foot-long and 5-
foot-deep base. A specially designed network of grounding bars con-
nected with 20-foot-long cables was installed underground to protect the
sensitive electronic equipment on the tower from lightning.

Take note

The Employee Fitness
Branch offers a 15-minute on-
the-job exercise program to
prevent duty-related muscu-
lar and skeletal injuries among
Panama Canal Commission
employees. Units desiring to
sign up for the program or
receive more information
about it may contact Jorge
Castafieda by writing to him
at the Employee Fitness
Branch, sending a profes-
sional office system (PROFS)
note to his attention at GSSF
or calling 52-7967.

A limited number of U.S.
income tax forms are avail-
able from the Administrative
Services Division (Room 254
of the Administration Build-
ing), and others can usually
be obtained within three to
five working days. For infor-
mation, call Berta Bricefio at
52-7757 or 52-7991.

The deadline for submit-
ting material for publication in
the February 24 issue of the
Panama Canal Spillway has
been advanced to 11:45 a.m.
February 15.

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The Panama Canal Spillway

Friday, February 10, 1995

What's happening

Walking classes
The aerobic walking-technique classes offered by
the Panama Canal Commission Employee Fitness
Branch are now being offered four days a week -- on
Mondays through Thursdays -- starting at 4:45 p.m. at
the Diablo Fitness Center. Call 52-6827 for details.

Surplus sale
The Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office
will hold a spot bid sale on February 13 at Building
745, Corozal. Inspection of property will begin at 7:30
a.m., with all bids due by 3 p.m.

Piano recital
Professor Gus Trym and his piano students will
present their annual recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, February
19, at the Cristobal YMCA Elysian Lounge. Guest
artists will also perform. Tickets are $3 and may be
ncrrhasedl at the door.

Pools offer specialized classes p r ..... .
A water safety instructor's class is being offered at
Balboa pool from 1 to 5 p.m. February 25. The Steak night
Gamboa pool has announced an emergency water Gatun Yacht Club will hold a steak night at 6:30
safety class from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. February 11 and p.m. Thursday, February 16. The menu will include
12, adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation classes from 8 barbecued steak, salad, baked potato, rolls and dessert.
a.m. to 4 p.m. on both February 23 and March 9, first Steak nights are held the third Thursday of every
aid training during the same hours on March 23 and a month. Reservations may be made by calling Sue
basic water safety class from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March Stabler at 43-5487.
25 and 26. ,
Classes at the Margarita pool include commuitl-'- College registration
CPR from noon to 5 p.m. February 11 and 12, c u Regisr atriofr the Panama Canal College spring
nity first aid and safety during the same ji~s W semester willbe h~l from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30to
February 25 and 26, water safety instructor' n- 5 p.m. Februar4l6 17 and 21. Classes begin February
ing at thesame time on March 4 through 25,ib ater 22 and end Jun; 14. Copies of the schedule may be
safety from 1 to 5 p.m. March 11 and 12,f aiqd for obtained at the La Bdpacampus, and a revolving-loan
children at the same time on March 18 anl t andt fuid is available f6as'sit students. For more informa-
child CPR from noon to 5 p.m. March 25"dV26. tion, call 52-330o5ori 3107.

Gamboa fun run
Registration is open through March 3 for a two-
mile fun run on March 10 in Gamboa for Panama Canal
Commission employees and dependents 18 years of
age and older. For more information, contact Elmodio
Singh at 56-6274 between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Atlantic basketball
Registration for a "three-on-three" basketball tour-
nament will run from February 20 through March 7,
with games beginning March 11 at the Margarita gym.
The championship is scheduled for March 18. For
more information, call 43-7300 between 3 and 9 p.m.

Paraiso class of 1970 reunion
The Paraiso High School class of 1970 will hold a
25th-anniversary reunion dinner-dance at 8 p.m. Feb-
ruary 24 in the Gran Sal6n at Caesar Park Hotel.
Tickets are $30. For additional information, call An-
gela French (20-2832), Gerald Price (52-2422) or
Enrique Sanchez (50-0274).

Theatrical production
The adult comedy "Happy Birthday?!" opens at 8
tonight at the Pacific Theatre Arts Center in Curundu.
Showing through February 25, the play features John
R. Bennett, Barbara A. Klein, Nicole Profis, Rachel
A.R. Schaul and David P. Smith. JoAnne Mitchell and
Jerry Brees are the directors, with Bob Apold as stage
manager. For reservations, call 86-3152 or 86-3814.

Gatun Youth Center
The Gatun Youth Center will hold a table tennis
tournament from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, February
20. On Wednesday, March 1, there will be arts and
crafts for pre-teens and an ice cream and cupcake shop
for all ages from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 4.
Everyone is welcome to participate in Earth Day by
planting a tree in the yard near the center on March 25.

Bonsai tree workshop
The Panama Canal Branch of the National League
of American Pen Women is sponsoring a bonsai tree
workshop in English on March 11. To register, call 28-
5444 between 8 a.m. and noon weekdays.

Yoga classes
Panama Canal Commission employees are re-
minded that the Employee Fitness Branch offers yoga
classes at the Diablo exercise room from 4:45 to 5:45
p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For details, call 52-
6827 between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Girl Scouts need adult volunteer
A bilingual adult volunteer is needed to serve as
international chair on the USA Girl Scouts-Panama
Service Committee. Responsibilities include coordi-
nating activities between the organization and the
Muchachas Gufas de Panama, among them a March
camp-out. Anyone interested should call 85-6867
between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays or
noon and 6 p.m. Wednesdays.

Technical multimedia courses
to be available for next month

The Industrial Training Branch has sched-
uled the courses below at its multimedia
center next month. Each is followed by the
estimated course length. Interested Panama
Canal Commission employees may call
Reinel O. Sisnett (52-7068) for information.
D.C. Motor Controllers -- one day
D.C. Motors -- one day
Centrifugal Pump Repair Training -- three days
Bearings -- two days

Employee training class schedule announced for March

The courses scheduled below will be offered to Panama Canal Commission employees in March. All will
meet from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the exception of "Records Management," which will be held from 8 to 11:45 a.m.
Nominations should be submitted through training program coordinators by the suspense dates indicated. In
addition to the listed classes, a number of individualized training packets on a variety of subjects are available
at the Multimedia Center, among them "Introduction to Microcomputers," a prerequisite to the courses marked
below with an asterisk. "Introduction to WordPerfect" is a prerequisite to the advanced WordPerfect classes.

Immersed in English Photo by Armando De Gracia
Industrial Training Branch apprentices, a Dredging Division launch operator and their
teachers celebrate the completion of an intensive ten-week English course at the Panama
Canal Commission Training Center. The "total immersion" course covered reading,
writing, conversation and laboratory practice and was the first Commission training
experience for the 19 apprentices, who are now taking classes in their respective trades.

Position vacancy list
Applicants must have career or career-conditional status. The application 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
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 Resources Center
(Building 38, Balboa). For in-service 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 52-3583).
Permanent positions Salaries Unit Location Vacancies
Management agronomist, NM-7 12 $11.34/$14.74 Fac. Mgmt. A 1
(Bilingual)(Driver's license & Support
Quality assurance specialist, $13.87/$21.81 Log. Support P 1
NM-9/1 123 (Bilingual)
(Swimming ability and driver's
license required.)
'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 Only PCC employees will be considered.
3 Electrical or mechanical knowledge is required to inspect and test equipment.
The Panama Canal Commission is an equal opportunity employer.



Deputy Administrator
Director of Public Affairs
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 11:45 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 $19 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.

Course (and target audience)
Supervisory Development: Situational
Leadership (supervisors)
Personnel Management Seminar: Personnel
Actions (supervisors)
Supervisory Development: Transition to
Supervision (supervisors)
How to Empower Employees (supervisors)
Managerial Assessment Program (supervisors
and managers at grade levels equivalent to
NM-11 and above)
How to Master Your Time
Basic Statistics
New Employee Orientation
Writing Brush Up (personnel responsible for
writing memos and letters)
Records Management (office support personnel,
file custodians and records liaison officers)
Managing Difficult Situations (supervisors)
Technical Writing (engineers and architects)
Approved Occupational Hearing Conservation
Course/Certification (Occupational Health
Division nurses)
One-Stop Documentation (microcomputer
Career Intern Seminar I
Dealing with Conflict
Approved Occupational Hearing Conservation
Refresher (Occupational Health Division
SuperCalc Macros (those who have taken
"Introduction to SuperCalc")
Advanced WordPerfect Features: Styles (those
who have taken "Advanced WordPerfect:
Advanced WordPerfect Features: Tables

Introduction to SuperCalc*
Advanced WordPerfect Features:
Advanced WordPerfect Features: Basic Macros
Norton Commander Workshop*

Introduction to WordPerfect*

Intermediate dBase III Plus (those who have
taken "Introduction to dBase III Plus")
Advanced SuperCalc Features: Linking
Spreadsheets (those who have taken
"Introduction to SuperCalc")
Advanced WordPerfect Features: Merge/Sort

Dates Suspense Location
Mar. 7 & 8 Feb. 14 Trg. Ctr.

Mar. 9

Mar. 14

Feb. 16 Tmg. Ctr.

Feb. 24 Trg. Ctr.

Mar. 14 & 15 Feb. 24
Mar. 14 Feb. 24

Mar. 16
Mar. 16
Mar. 20
Mar. 20 & 21

Mar. 21 24

Mar. 22 & 23
Mar. 27 29
Mar. 27 29

Feb. 23
Feb. 23
Feb. 27
Feb. 27

Feb. 28

Mar. 1
Mar. 6
Mar. 6

Mar. 28 & 29 Mar. 7

Mar. 28 30
Mar. 29
Mar. 30

Mar. 7
Mar. 8
Mar. 9

Tmg. Ctr.
Tmg. Ctr.

Tmg. Ctr.
Tmg. Ctr.
Tmg. Ctr.
Trng. Ctr.

Tmg. Ctr.

Tmg. Ctr.
Tmg. Ctr.
Tmg. Ctr.

Tmg. Ctr.

Tmg. Ctr.
Tmg. Ctr.
Trng. Ctr.

Mar.7 9 Feb. 14 Bldg. 717

Mar. 7

Mar. 9
Mar. 28
Mar. 13 15
Mar. 13 & 14

Mar. 15
Mar. 17
Mar. 28
Mar. 21 23
Mar. 22 24
Mar. 29 -31

Mar. 30

Mar. 30

Feb. 14 Bldg. 717

Feb. 16
Mar. 7
Feb. 21
Feb. 21

Feb. 22
Feb. 24
Mar. 7
Feb. 28
Mar. 1
Mar. 8

Bldg. 717
Bldg. 717
Bldg. 717
Bldg. 717

Bldg. 717
Bldg. 717
Bldg. 717
Bldg. 717

Mar. 9 Bldg. 717

Mar. 9 Bldg. 717

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Administrator. Panama Canal Commission

Associate Director

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Friday, February 10, 1995

The Panama Canal Spillway

Illustrator wins logo-design contest

Graphic Branch illustrator Osvaldo E.
Herrera is the winner of the Panama Canal
Commission Labor-Management Partner-
ship Council logo design contest.
Seven contestants submitted designs, with
the logos of Dredging Division dipper dredge
chief engineer Ricardo E. Sandoval and In-
dustrial Relations clerk typist Rodrigo Ja6n
receiving recognition for best creativity and
originality and for best symbolic value, re-
spectively. The council's final logo com-
bines features from their designs with
Herrera's entry featured a vessel transit-
ing the locks, with two clasped hands repre-
senting the partnership of labor and manage-

ment at the Panama Canal. Sandoval's de-
sign showed a small gear -- representing the
partnership council -- helping three other
gears -- representing the Canal itself and
both its labor and management sectors -- to
turn smoothly. Ja6n's logo, similar to
Herrera's, also depicted a vessel transiting
the locks with clasped hands in place of the
miter gates..
Judging the contest were Management
Analysis Branch Chief Rodolfo Sabonge,
Locks Division industrial engineer Noris
L6pez, Canal Services towboat chief engi-
neer-in-charge Daniel Goldsworthy and
Dredging Division dredge engineer Antonio

Plaque replica Photo by Jaime Femrndez
David Dickson and Leika Guerrero display the replica of the Gaillard Cut memorial plaque
that they produced for the Maintenance Division. They also put some of the finishing
touches on the locks locomotive replica seen in the background.

Employees work to create replica

of Gaillard Cut's memorial plaque

Unveiling new logo Photo by Kevin Jenkins
The new logo for the Panama Canal Commission Labor-Management Partnership Council
is unveiled for viewing by Administrator Gilberto Guardia F. and Deputy Administrator
R.P. Laverty. Pictured from left are Laverty; Guardia; Deputy Marine Director Carlos
Alvarado; Osvaldo E. Herrera, winner of the council's logo-design contest; and Rodrigo
Jadn and Ricardo E. Sandoval, whose contest designs were recognized for creativity and
originality and for symbolic value, respectively.

FEEA scholarship deadline set for June 2

The Federal Employee Education and
Assistance Fund has announced its 1995-
1996 scholarship program.
Under the program, employees with at
least three years of federal service by August
31, 1995, and their dependents are eligible to
compete for scholarships ranging from $300
to $1,500 per student. Applicants must be
graduating high school seniors or students
who are continuing their college education
in an accredited university of the United
States or Republic of Panama. A grade point
average of 3.0 on a scale of 4 or 2.25 on a
scale of 3 is required. Selection criteria

include academic achievement, community
service, a recommendation and a two-page
The official.scholarship application may
be obtained from Dolores A. Eskildsen in
the Panama Canal Commission Office of
Personnel Administration (Room 251 of the
Administration Building). It must be post-
marked no later than June 2 to FEEA Schol-
arship Award, Suite 200, 8441 W. Bowles
Ave. Littleton, CO 80123-3245. FEEA is a
non-profit organization based in Washing-
ton, D.C., that provides education and emer-
gency assistance to federal employees.

Isthmian College Club to offer two scholarship packages

Applications are available at the offices
of financial aid advisors at Balboa and
Cristobal high schools, Panama Canal Col-
lege and the Nova and Florida State Univer-
sity extensions for Isthmian College Club
scholarships to be awarded in late spring.
Graduates of Canal area schools who
have a "B" average and plan to study at
Panama Canal College or an accredited col-
lege or university in the United States may
apply. The club will also award one or more
continuing-education scholarships to stu-
dents who are attending or plan to attend

Panama Canal College or the Florida State
or Nova University extensions in the fall
semester and who have attended or gradu-
ated from a U.S., Canal area or U.S. accred-
ited overseas school with a "B" average.
Financial need will be a selection criterion in
both cases.
An official copy of the applicant's most
recent high school or college transcript must
accompany the application, which is due by
March 8. For additional information, con-
.tact Maria V. Barkmeier at 86-6316 during
duty hours.

Historical note

The September 9, 1909, issue of the Canal Record reported that a Labor Day grass-
cutting contest was scheduled, with 11 teams of two men each participating. Plots of ground
of about 200 square yards had been laid out for each team, and the winners were to be
selected on the basis of speed and quality of work. The contest was proposed at the insistence
of "some Spanish scythemen from the Ancon District, who believed they were superior to
men from the other districts," according to the Canal Record. "The contest has already
excited considerable interest among the Spaniards employed in this class of work," the
publication continued, "and it is believed the contest will be a close one."

When the Panama Canal Commission's
Maintenance Division decided to create a
replica of the Contractor's Hill section of
Gaillard Cut as a setting for its recent "em-
ployee of the year" awards ceremony, David
Dickson, a procurement agent for the Inte-
rior Maintenance Branch, was asked to do a
painting of the Gaillard memorial plaque
that is mounted on the side of the hill. Tak-
ing the challenge one step further, Dickson
decided instead to make a replica of the
plaque using synthetic foam.
Although he had never used synthetic
foam in this way before, he had become
aware of its potential after seeing a statue
made of the material at a friend's house. The
large statue had actually called attention to
itself in a rather dramatic fashion -- it had
nearly fallen on Dickson from a shelf, and he
had been surprised when it turned out to be
so light that his friend could reach out and
grab it easily with a single hand.
Dickson, who fabricates copper replicas
of pre-Colombian art in his spare time for
local stores, was assigned to reproduce the
plaque because of his reputation as a skilled
artist. Helping him with the task was Leika
Guerrero, a clerk who has a degree in graphic
Using a photo taken in 1915 when the
plaque was brought to the Isthmus by the
widow of Col. David du Bose Gaillard, the
engineer in charge of the cut's excavation

and for whom Gaillard Cut is named, the two
cut the plastic material into the proper shape
and Dickson used a soldering gun to "carve"
out the forms of the two laborers depicted on
the plaque and the steam shovels in the
background. "People coming by commented
that the men needed muscles," Dickson re-
calls. "When they came back the next day,
the muscles were there," he says.
When the carving was completed,
Dickson and Guerrero used gypsum to con-
solidate the separate parts of the plaque,
painted the surfaceblack and applied a golden
dust that, combined with the black back-
ground, simulates the bronze texture of the
real plaque. Afterward, as a final touch, they
added a protective layer of resin.
The set on which the plaque replica was
finally installed showed a painted vessel
approaching Contractor's Hill and was
flanked by replicas of the Canal's original
and current locks locomotives. Dickson and
Guerrero also helped put some of the finish-
ing touches on the locomotive replicas, but
received the most attention for the plaque
replica they created, especially from people
who have never had the opportunity to see
the original.
The Office of Public Affairs is studying
the possibility of permanently exhibiting the
plaque, enabling visitors to study the details
of this historical monument that can nor-
mally be seen only from transiting vessels.

Launch crews rescue three ..continued from page

zilian Reefer in Gatun Lake. They saw a
vessel crew member fall a significant dis-
tance into the lake, hitting the water between
the ship and the launch with his back. They
later learned he was the third mate and had
been rigging a ladder when the platform he
was standing on gave way.
After maneuvering away from the ship,
Shepherd located the man by spotlight and
Julio threw him a life ring and then rigged
the recovery ladder. "Because the ladder is
not vertical to the side of the launch," Dunlap
explains, "the seaman can easily assist while
standing on the ladder." Together Julio and
Shepherd pulled the man, who had been
injured, aboard the launch. Shepherd then
radioed ashore for an ambulance to take him
to a local hospital, where he was later re-

Like the other two, the third emergency
occurred after dark. About two weeks ago,
Skate operator Roberto Avalon and seaman
Rufino Meneses rescued a crew member
who fell into Limon Bay from the vessel
Ocean Lily. Havingjust carried a pilot out to
the vessel, the launch crew was on its way
back to the boathouse and did not see the
man fall. When the dispatcher radioed them
of the emergency, they returned and found
the man in the water with a life ring that had
been thrown by the ship's crew. Meneses
immediately lowered the ladder, and, ac-
cording to Avalon, "did a wonderful job in
bringing the crew member on board."
For their alertness in averting tragedy
during these man-overboard rescues, the
three launch crews have been recommended
for special act awards.

Page 3

Woman tanker captain maintains

passion for sea, handling vessels

By Susan Harp ~ Photos by Armando De Gracia
Named for the hurricane occurring when she was born,
Capt. Cynthia Smith has risen to the top in one of the last male-
dominated professions -- the merchant marine. Not yet 40
years old, she holds an unlimited master's license for steam,
motor and sail on any ocean and tells stories of sailing on a
Soviet tall ship, commanding tankers, delivering Desert Storm
missiles, fighting off pirates and rescuing stranded sailors.
Last month, after 18 years' sea experience, she made her
second Panama Canal transit (her first as master) on the
Jamestown, a tanker owned by Offshore Pipelines Inc. and
represented at the Canal by C.B. Fenton and Co.
Originally from Newport News, Va., Smith moved with
her parents to Nassau Bay, Texas, where her la; ,'r was
director of manned spacecraft design for the Nati :,. \ero-
nautics and Space Administration (NASA). Living near
Galveston Bay, Smith owned a canoe by age 6 and a sailboat
soon after. "During summer sailing camp, I used to watch the
ships going through the Houston ship channel and dream of
being on one," she recalls.
She began realizing that dream by passing a Galveston
Bay Power Squadron navigation course with a near-perfect
score at age 11 -- at a time when the squadron was an all-male
association. She later secured a scholarship to the Texas A &
M University's maritime training academy with an award-
winning high school science project, bringing her closer to her

Reading anchor bearings
In the above photo, Smith uses a compass to take an anchor
bearing from the bridge of the "Jamestown" in the Panama
Canal's Pacific anchorage as seaman DavidAccardo records
the measurements to verify that the ship has not moved from
its original anchorage position.
Leyendo las marcas del ancla
En lafoto arriba, Smith usa un compds para medir el ancla en
el puente del "Jamestown", cuando se encontraba en el
ancladero del Canal de Panamd en el Pacifico. El marino
David Accardo registra las medidas para verificar que el
barco no se ha movido de suposici6n original en elancladero.

goal of going to sea. The only woman in her graduating class
at the academy, she earned degrees in marine biology and
marine transportation and qualified as a third mate.
Smith's first paid sea experience out of school was on a
University of Texas research vessel. She says the work
required a lot of precise positioning, which she enjoyed. "My
particular passion is ship handling, with navigation a close
second," she explains. Since then, Smith has worked on
freighters and car carriers, as well as 1,200-foot-long crude oil
carriers bound for northern Europe from Saudi Arabia. Dur-
ing Operation Desert Storm, she also delivered Patriot,mis-
siles to Saudi Arabia aboard U.S. naval transport ships.
'The first years were hard, but it's better now," she says
about her experiences as a lone woman officer. "I would go
aboard a ship as a third officer and they wouldn't believe me."
Furthermore, the obstacles were magnified by working in the
Middle East. "It's ironic that I could be in charge of an oil
tanker but, because I am a woman, not be allowed to drive a
car in Saudi Arabia," she says.
In 1990, Smith had the honor of being selected as an
instructor on the tall ship Druzhba during a joint U.S.-Soviet
training expedition for marine cadets. During the vessel's
Atlantic crossing, the historic fall of the Soviet Union came
about, and Smith remembers the ship's captain announcing
the news, saying in heavily accented English, "We now sail
for Ukraine." The New York Times later ran a photo of Smith
wearing the Soviet naval uniform required for the teaching

While taking another vessel through the Strait of Malacca
in Indonesia, Smith responded to a ship's distress call, only to
discover it had been made by pirates in disguise. Her own
crew subdued them, but not before two of Smith's ribs were
broken by a pipe-wielding attacker.
Smith answered a real distress call just previous to her
recent arrival at the Canal. The Tuatara, a sailboat from New
Zealand, was out of fuel and had been drifting for six days.
The Jamestown transferred some of its emergency diesel to
the yacht, enabling it to arrive safely in Balboa harbor. With
the Jamestown also secure in the relatively tranquil waters of
the Pacific anchorage, Smith directed the crew of more than
40 to finish preparing the ship's empty tanks for inspection
before going to dry dock in Curagao.
During off-duty times, Smith has pursued other interests,
earning a master's degree in British literature. She also serves
as chief officer of the tall ship Elissa, a working museum
owned by the Galveston Historical Foundation and main-
tained by volunteers. "Taking it out is a challenge because we
set all 27 sails," she says.
A large diamond flashes on Smith's left hand as she speaks
into the radio, and she explains that it is, indeed, an engage-
ment ring. Her fiance, Eddie Max Stovall, is also a ship
master. In seafaring style, they met at an advanced ship-
handling course and went to a nautical bookstore on their first
date. "Settling down" for them will eventually mean taking
pilot jobs so they have the same home port.
Smith's success in achieving this fairy-tale
ending, however, will not have come without
sacrifice. She notes that most people have
continuity in their day-to-day schedules on
shore, but those at sea experience shore life
only at occasional intervals.
When asked why she thinks so few women
become vessel masters, Smith replies, "Their
biological clock starts ticking -- they want to
have a family." As to what advice she has for
women who seek a maritime career, she says,
after a long, quiet pause, "You must have a
passion for the sea. Go to sea before deciding
on a maritime career and don't choose it
because the money is good or because you
think it's romantic."

Monitoring the cargo tank
Dickerman Overseas superintendent Stephen H. Stova, left, and
nical coordinator Robert B. Hood show Smith a gas monitor indic
that an empty cargo tank is clear of hydrogen sulfide residues.
worked with the contractors to ensure the tanks were emptied
cleaned properly before the "Jamestown" went into dry doc

Verificando el tanque de carga
Stephen H. Stova, izquierda, superintendente de Dickerman Over
y el coordinador ticnico Robert B. Hood muestran a Smith un me
de gas que indica que un tanque de carga vacto estd libre de res
de sulfuro de hidrdgeno. Smith trabajd con los contratistas
asegurar que los tanques se vaciaran y limpiaran bien antes de q
"Jamestown" entrara al dique seco para ser modificado.

Preparing to transit
Captain Cynthia Smith studies a chart of the Pacific entrance
of the "Jamestown."
Prepardndose para transitar
La Cap. Cynthia Smith estudia un mapa de la entrada del Pacif
el norte del "Jamestown".

Capitana de tan

pasi6n por el ma

Por Susan Harp ~ Fotos por Armando De Gracia
Bautizada con el nombre del huracin que azotaba cuando
naci6, la Cap. Cynthia Smith ha ascendido hasta el sitio mds
alto en una de las iltimas profesiones dominadas por los
hombres -- la marina mercante. Ain menor de 40 afios, posee
una licencia ilimitada para comandar barcos a vapor, motor o
vela en cualquier ocdano, y narra historias de travesias en una
fragata sovi6tica, comandando tanqueros, entregando misiles
para la operaci6n Tormenta del Desierto, luchando contra
piratas y rescatando marineros a la deriva. El mes pasado,
luego de 18 afios de experiencia maritima, realiz6 su
segundo trinsito por el Canal de Panama (su primero
como capitana) en el Jamestown, un tanquero de la
Offshore Pipelines Inc. representado por C.B. Fer ton
and Co. en el Canal.
Originalmente de NewportNews, Virginia, Smith
se mud6 con sus padres a Nassau Bay, Texas, donde
su padre era director de disefio de naves espaciales
para la Administraci6n Nacional de Aerontutica y el
Espacio (NASA). Cuando vivia cerca de la Bahia de
Galveston, Smith tuvo una canoa a los 6 afios y un
velero poco despu6s. "Durante el campamento de
vela de verano, solfa ver los barcos navegar por el
cauce de Houston y sofiaba que iba en uno", recuerda.
Smith comenz6 a realizar ese suefio al aprobar un
curso de navegaci6n del Escuadr6n de Poder de la
Bahfa de Galveston con una puntuaci6n casi perfecta,
a los 11 aflos, cuando el escuadr6n era s6lo para
hombres. Mis tarde gan6 una beca para la academia
de adiestramiento maritimo de la Universidad A&M
de Texas con un proyecto cientifico que fue premiado
en secundaria, acerctndola mas a su meta de ir al mar.
La inica mujer en su clase graduada en la academia,
obtuvo titulos en biologia marina y transporte maritimo
y calific6 como tercer oficial.
Laprimeraexperiencia maritimapagadade Smith
fuera de la escuela fue en un barco de investigaciones
de la Universidad de Texas. Dice que el trabajo
tech- requiri6 mucha precisi6n, lo cual disfrut6. "Mi pasi6n
:ating particular es maniobrar barcos, y la navegaci6n estd
Smith muycercaensegundolugar",explica. Desdeentonces,
d and Smith ha trabajado en buques cargueros y trans-
7k for portadores de autos, asi como cargueros de petr6leo
de 1,200 pies de largo con destino a Europa del Norte
desde Arabia Saudita. Durante la operaci6n Tormenta
del Desierto, tambi6n distribuy6 misiles a Arabia
seas, Saudita a bordo de barcos de transporte de la armada
didor norteamericana.
iduos "Los primeros afios fueron dificiles, pero ahora es
para mejor", dice sobre sus experiencias como tnica oficial
que el mujer. "Abordaba un barco como tercer oficial y no
mecrefan". Mas ain, los obsticulos crecieron cuando

Family tradition leads to job for retiree

with third mate John A. Dugan prior to the northbound transit

'o con el tercer ayudante JohnA. Dugan, antes del trdnsito hacia

queros mantiene

r y la navegaci6n

trabajaba en el Medio Oriente. "Es ir6nico que pudiera estar
a cargo de un tanquero pero, como soy mujer, no se me
permitia conducir un auto en Arabia Saudita", dice.
En 1990, Smith tuvo el honor de ser elegida instructora en
la fragata Druzhba, durante una expedici6n conjunta de los
Estados Unidos y Rusia para cadetes de marina. Cuando la
nave atravesaba el Atlantico, se dio la hist6rica caida de la
Uni6n Sovi6tica y Smith recuerda al capitan del barco
anunciando la noticia, diciendo en ingl6s con un marcado
acento: "Ahora zarpamos hacia Ucranfa". Mas tarde el New
York Times public6 una foto de Smith luciendo el uniforme
naval sovidtico requerido para su trabajo de instructora.
Mientras tomaba otro barco a trav6s del Estrecho de
Malacca en Indonesia, Smith respondi6 a la llamada de
auxilio de una nave, s6lo para descubrir que habia sido hecha
por piratas. Su propia tripulaci6n los someti6, pero no sin que
antes un atacante le rompiera dos costillas con un tubo.
Smith respondi6 a una llamada verdadera de auxilio justo
antes de su arribo al Canal. El Tuatara, un velero de Nueva
Zelandia, se qued6 sin combustible y estuvo a la deriva por
seis dias. El Jamestown transfiri6 parte de su combustible de
emergencia al yate, lo cual le permiti6 Ilegar seguro al puerto
de Balboa. Con el Jamestown tambi6n seguro en las aguas
relativamente tranquilas del ancladero del Pacifico, Smith
dirigi6 a la tripulaci6n de mas de 40 en la labor de limpieza de
los tanques vacios que serfan inspeccionados antes de entrar
a un dique seco en Curazao.
Durante su tiempo libre, Smith ha logrado otras metas,
obteniendo una maestrfa en literatura inglesa. Tambi6n
trabaja como oficial en jefe de la fragata Elissa, un museo
flotante propiedad de la Fundaci6n Hist6rica de Galveston y
mantenido por voluntaries. "Sacarlo es un reto porque
levantamos las 27 velas", dice.
Un gran diamante brilla en la mano izquierda de Smith
mientras habla por la radio, y ella confiesa que si es un anillo
de compromiso. Su prometido, Eddie Max Stovall, tambi6n
es capitan de navfo. En el estilo del mar, se conocieron en un
curso avanzado de manejo de naves y salieron a una librerfa
nauticaen su primeracita. Paraellos, "establecerse" significara
eventualmente trabajar como practices en el mismo puerto.
Sin embargo, el final de cuento de hadas de Smith no se ha
dado sin sacrificios. Observa que muchas personas viven
vidas estables en tierra firme mientras cumplen sus
compromisos diarios, pero aquellos que trabajan en el mar
s6lo experimentan la vida en tierra firme en intervalos cortos.
Al preguntarsele por qu6 tan pocas mujeres se convierten
en capitanas de barcos, Smith responde que "Su reloj biol6gico
comienza a funcionar -- quieren tener una familia". Luego de
una prolongada pausa, aconseja a las mujeres que desean
seguir la carrera maritima que vayan al mar antes de decidir
sobre la carrera, y no la escojan porque la paga es buena o
porque piensan que sea romantica.

By Myrna A. Iglesias

After the initial reaction, "It's great not to have to get up
in the morning and go to work," many retirees find that they
actually miss having some kind of job. Most, however, are
very particular about what it should be -- insisting on work
they really love, accepting only short term or part-time em-
ploymnent or demanding specific financial returns. By chance,
Eva Hunnicutt recently found something that filled all these
Hunnicutt, the first woman
in Panama Canal history to be .
promoted to senior admeasurer, Happy with
retired from the Admeasure- Hunnicutt re*
ment Division in December
1993 with almost 23 years of work when thl
Canal service. After relocating
to Texas with her husband last al
August, she got ajob helping a
landscape architect decorate
houses for Christmas.
The job was a natural fit for Hunnicutt, who grew up in a
home that was always decorated for the holidays and then
continued the tradition in adult life. While residing in Panama,
in fact, she decorated her residence, not only for Christmas,
but also for other observances, including St. Patrick's Day,
Easter, Halloween and Thanksgiving -- and then started
decorating her office, too. "I even decorated myself," she

Por Myrna A. Iglesias
Tras la reacci6n inicial de lo "fabuloso que es no tener que
pararse en la mariana para ir a trabajar", muchos jubilados
encuentran que realmente afioran tener algdn tipo de oficio.
Sin embargo, la mayorfa es muy especifica acerca del nuevo
trabajo -- insistiendo en uno que realmente les guste hacer,
aceptando solamente empleos eventuales o de tiempo parcial,
o exigiendo ganancias fin-
ancieras especificas. Por
casualidad, Eva Hunnicutt M uyfeliz de
reunfa todos estos requisitos. continue anut
Hunnicutt, la primera mujer
en la historia del Canal de aparece el
Panama en ser ascendida a
primer arqueador, se jubil6 de
la Divisi6n de Arqueo en diciembre de 1993 con casi 23 afios
de servicio en el Canal. Luego de mudarse para Texas con su
esposo a finales de agosto, consigui6 un trabajo ayudando a
decorar casas para Navidad a un arquitecto disefiador de
El trabajo era apropiado para Hunnicutt, ya que creci6 en
una casa que siempre estaba decorada para las fiestas, y luego
continu6 esta tradici6n de adulta. De hecho, mientras vivi6 en
Panama decoraba su residencia, no solamente para la Navidad,
sino tambi6n para el Dia de San Patricio, la Semana Santa, la
Noche de Brujas y el Dia de Acci6n de Gracias -- y luego
empez6 a decorar su oficina tambi6n. "Hasta yo misma me
decoraba", dice. "Tengo camisas de Navidad, camisas de
Noche de Brujas, aretes y joyerfa".



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says, adding "I have Christmas shirts, Halloween shirts,
earrings and jewelry."
Hunnicutt got her recent job through her hairdresser, who
told her the landscape architect needed extra help for Christ-
mas. She initially told the hairdresser that she didn't have
time, but became hooked when he mentioned decorating. Her
husband gave her the final nudge, dismissing her qualms over
time by saying, "You know you are dying to do it, so just do
it." Hunnicutt wanted to learn more about the work and how
it was done and to see the results firsthand. Once involved, she
ended up loving it.
Hunnicutt helped decorate
er retirement, 21 houses and two offices be-
iing tween November 9 and Decem-
ains willing to ber 23. She says most of the
right job comes houses took about eight hours
to decorate, but some required
gn. as long as four days. "Some
clients only want us to decorate

outside, while others want us to
do their trees, too," she explains, adding, "Some want us to use
their ornaments, and others will say go and buy them."
Although Hunnicutt is very happy to be retired, she re-
mains willing to work when the right job comes along.
Offering advice to future retirees, she says, "Always be open
to meeting new people. Every time you meet someone, you
can learn so much -- and if you're looking for a job, you can
find something."

Hunnicutt consigui6 este trabajo a trav6s de su estilista, el
cual le habl6 del arquitecto que necesitaba ayuda adicional
para Navidad. Inicialmente le dijo a su estilista que no tenia
el tiempo, pero mordi6 el anzuelo cuando 61 mencion6
decoraci6n. Su esposo le di6 el iltimo empuj6n, cuando ech6
a un lado sus dudas sobre la falta de tiempo. "Sabes que te
mueres porhacerlo", ledijo, "asi
que simplemente hazlo".
'star jubilada, Hunnicutt querfa aprender
S, ms sobre el trabajo y ver c6mo
te a trabajar si se hacia y los resultados. Una
vez involucrada, termin6 am-
abajo ideal, ando el oficio.
Hunnicutt ayud6 a decorar
21 casas y dos oficinas entre el 9
de noviembre y el 23 de diciembre. Dice que la mayoria de las
casas demoraron unas ocho horas en ser decoradas, pero
algunas necesitaron hasta cuatro dfas. "Algunos clientes s6lo
querian que decorAramos afuera, mientras que otros querian
que tambi6n arreglaramos sus Arboles", explica. "Algunos
querfan que uskramos sus adornos y otros nos pedian que los
A pesar de que Hunnicutt se encuentra muy feliz de estar
jubilada, continda anuente a trabajar si aparece el trabajo
Al aconsejar a los futurosjubilados, dice: "Siempre est6n
dispuestos a conocer personas nuevas. Cada vez que se
conoce a alguien, se puede aprender tanto -- y si busca un
trabajo, puede encontrar uno".

Pride in workmanship
Retired Panama
Canal Commission
admeasurer Eva Hunnicutt
shows off a photo of one of
the houses she helped decorate for
Christmas while working
,with a landscape architect.

Photo by Jaime Femrnndez

Orgullosa de su destreza
La arqueadora jubilada de la
Comisidn del Canal de Panamd,
Eva Hunnicutt, muestra la foto de
una de las casas que ayud6 a
decorar para Navidad trabajando
para un arquitecto que diseiia

Foto por Jaime Femrnndez

Jubilada convierte tradicion en profesi6n


Acciones oportunas y esfuerzo conjunto reducen espera

Demoras producidas por
arribos inesperados y
mantenimiento de via
En respuesta a la inusualmente
alta demanda de transitos, en espe-
cial de barcos grandes, durante
diciembre y enero, la Comisi6n del
Canal de Panama ha tomado una
serie de medidas de operaci6n y de
personal para reducir el tiempo en
espera para transitar y, al mismo
tiempo, mantener los acostum-
brados estandares de seguridad y
eficiencia del Canal de Panama.

Se asignaron cuadrillas adicio-
nales de pasacables y las cuadrillas
de remolcadores y de esclusas
fueron incrementadas al maximo con
los recursos disponibles. Esto se
logr6 trabajando sobretiempo, con
asignaciones especiales, contra-
taci6n de personal, activando
equipo auxiliar y suspendiendo
temporalmente el trabajo de rutina.
El sistema de reservaciones de
transitos fue suspendido el 17 de
enero como medida adicional para
eliminar la demora en los transitos.
Estos esfuerzos ayudaron a


reducirel ndmero debarcos en espera
de transito de 139 a la medianoche
del 18 de enero a 38 el martes. Se
espera que las operaciones vuelvan
a la normalidad en los pr6ximos
Un total de 1,167 barcos llegaron
al Canal el mes pasado, muy por
encima de los 1,036 de enero de
1994. Unextraordinarioaumentoen
el embarque de granos, mafz en
particular, desde la Costa del Golfo
de los Estados Unidos a Jap6n,
Chile y Ja costa oeste de M6xico,
produjo un cambio significativo en

los patrones de trifico por el Canal
para enero. Losembarquesdefrutas
de Chile y Ecuador para la Costa
Este de los Estados Unidos tambi6n
aumentaron. La consecuente
acumulaci6n fue agravada por el
cierre de viaprogramado enrelaci6n
con el reacondicionamiento del mes
pasado en las Esclusas de Gatdn.
Reconociendo el impacto de la
acumulaci6n en los usuarios del
Canal, la Comisi6n aument6 en
enero el promedio de trgnsitos
diarios de 38.4 antes del cierre de via
a 41.5 despu6s. Esta dltima cifra

Viernes 10 de febrero de 1995

representa un aumento de casi siete
barcos sobre el promedio diario de
los dltimos cuatro afios.
Uni6ndose a otros funcionarios
de la Comisi6n para reconocer los
esfuerzos ejemplares de los emplea-
dos para resolverla crisis, el Jefe de
la Divisi6n de Administraci6n de
TrfficoSamH. Mann dijo, "Nuestro
personal trabaj6 bajo mucha ten-
si6n. Fuimos inundados porcartas,
llamadas y presiones de parte de los
agentes navieros y propietarios,
pero todos -- desde los oficinistas
hasta los supervisores de turno --
se preocuparon realmente por hacer
su parte para lograr programar el
mayor ndmero de trinsitos cada
dia". El Capitn de Operaciones del
Canal G. A. Markham tambi6n
expres6 su aprecio por las largas
horas de arduo trabajo de parte de
los empleados de la Comisi6n para
reducirlaacumulaci6n. "Yapas6lo
peor", dijo al inicio de la semana.

Cuadrillas de lanchas del Atlantico sacan a tres del agua

Por Susan K. Stabler

Desde noviembre, cuadrillas de
lanchas de la Divisi6n de Servicios
del Canal en el Distrito Norte han
rescatado personas de las aguas
del Canal en tres ocasiones dis-
tintas. Bien adiestradas para esas
emergencias, las cuadrillas mane-
jaron cada situaci6n con rapidez y
habilidad. R.D. "Lucky" Dunlap,

jefe de operaciones de lanchas y
pasacables en el Distrito Norte
explica que, "Todas las lanchas de
la Divisi6n de Servicios del Canal
cumplen con las regulaciones de
seguridad del Servicio de Guarda-
costas de los Estados Unidos. Las
cuadrillas de cadalancha, incluyen-
do a los pasacables que relevan a
los marinos, han sido adiestradas
en t6cnicas de salvamento".

Cuatro dicadas de servicio Foto por Kevin Jenkins
ElAdministradorde la Comisidn del Canal de Panamd Gilberto Guardia
F., izquierda, felicita al Director de Ingenieria y Construccidn Numan
H. Vdsquez por haber completado 40 afios de servicio con la agencia del
Canal de Panamd. El ingeniero Vdsquez ha desempeflado una serie de
funciones en las divisiones de Ingenieria y Electricidad, sirviendo como
jefe de ambas antes de ser promovido a su posicidn actual. Varios
miembros de su familia le acompaharon durante la presentacidn del
premio, realizado durante una reunidn de ejecutivos de la agencia.

Elprimerincidenteocurri6 el lo.
de noviembre a las 4:50 a.m. El
operador de lanchas de la Comisi6n
del Canal de Panama Luis Montene-
gro y el marino Enrique McTaggart,
a bordo de la lancha Pike, vieron a
un hombre caer en el Muelle de
Crist6bal desde la lancha de la
Autoridad Portuaria Nacional Si-
erra I, mientras se alejaba de un
barco en movimiento. Latripulaci6n
delSierra Isigui6 adelante sin darse
cuentade laemergencia. "Vimos al
hombre caer y al Sierra I abando-
narlo", dice Montenegro, "asi que
de inmediato nos dirigimos al lugar
donde lo vimos en el agua. Le dije
al marino que le arrojara un salvavi-
das y que colocara la escalera".
Dunlap sefiala que la escalera
de rescate de 12 pies de largo esta
hecha de aluminio ligero y una per-
sona puede manejarla ficilmente.
Cuando el hombre regres6 alSierra
I, mojado pero ileso, escribi6 una
carta que decia: "Agradezco a los
empleados de laComisi6n del Canal
de Panama que me rescataron".
El segundo rescate ocurri6 alas
12:10 a.m. el 4 de enero, cuando el
operador de lanchas Armando
Shepherd y el marino Julian Julio, a
bordo de la lancha Corvina, reco-
gian pasacables del barco Brazi-
continaa en la pdgina 3 ...

Estaci6n seca propicia para incendios en herbazales

Los nueve meses de espera para
la estaci6n seca traen tres recom-
pensantes meses de dias soleados
que tientan a muchos a ir a la playa
y realizar actividades al aire libre.
Sin embargo, ademis deladiversi6n
de la temporada existen distintos
peligros, como la creciente amenaza
de fuegos en herbazales.
Estos incendios se inician
ficilmente y se extienden con
rapidez impulsados por los vientos
de la estaci6n seca. Son una
preocupaci6n para los bomberos
del areadel Canal, quesuelen realizar
inspecciones para asegurar que la
hierba est6 cortada, especialmente
en ireas donde un fuego pudiera
dafiar edificios o equipos.
Las medidaspreventivas utiliza-
das porla Divisi6n Contra Incendios
y Servicios de Emergencia de la
Comisi6n incluyen quemas contro-

ladas paraprevenir fuegos acciden-
tales y limpiar areas que sirvan como
barreras para evitar la propagaci6n
de incendios. Los fuegos controla-
dos se hacen temprano en la
mariana, cuando es mas fresco y
hay menos probabilidad de fuegos
Algunas veces los fuegos
ocurren naturalmente, pues el calor
del sol puede encender hojas o
hierba seca. Pero muchas veces
son causados por el descuido de
tirar cigarrillos o f6sforos encen-
didos en herbazales. Sefialando
que las chispas de barbacoas al aire
libre tambi6n pueden serpeligrosas,
los bomberos recomiendan tomar
precauciones especiales, incluyen-
do colocar las parrillas lejos de
herbazales u hojas secas y nunca
dejarlas sin supervision.
A menos que sea bajo la super-

visi6n de los bomberos, no utilice
fuego para eliminar hierba porque la
combinaci6n de los vientos con la
sequedad total del ambiente puede
crearpeligros. Y, comosiempre, los
f6sforos y encendedores deben
alejarse del alcance de los nifios.
Todos deben mantener un extintor
de incendios portatil para usar en
caso de incendios pequefios cerca
de sus hogares, pero no se debe
intentar apagar un fuego grande
con un extintor. En su lugar, llame
a la estaci6n de bomberos mis
cercana e informe sobre el lugar
exacto de la emergencia. En el area
del Canal, el nimero es 119; en otros
lugares de Panama es 103.
Aunque la prevenci6n de incen-
dios es una preocupaci6n particu-
lar de la estaci6n seca, debe ser un
esfuerzo de todo el aio paraprevenir
la p6rdida de vidas y propiedades.

Trabajos en la torre Foto por Jaime Femandez
Los empleados de la Divisidn de Electricidad que ensamblan la torre de
seriales esperan una grfa para colocar la segunda seccidn de la
estructura. Abajo, trabajadores de la Divisidn de Mantenimiento
inspeccionan el drenaje de la nueva estaci6n de seiiales que reemplazard
a la estacidn de La Pita, drea que es excavada bajo el programa de
ensanche del Corte Gaillard. Para colocar la torre en su nueva
ubicacidn, se usaron 388 toneladas de concreto para construir una base
de 30 pies de ancho por 30 pies de largo y 5 pies de espesor. Una red
disefiada especialmente de barras subterrdneas conectadas con cables
de 20 pies de largo fue instalada bajo tierra para proteger de los
reldmpagos el sensible equipo electr6nico en la torre.

Tome nota

El Ramo para el
Acondicionamiento Fisico
ofrece a los empleados de
laComisi6n un programade
15 minutos de ejercicios
para prevenir lesiones mis-
culo-esquel6ticas relaciona-
das con el trabajo. Las
unidades que deseen apun-
tarse para el programa o
conocer mas sobre el
mismo pueden contactar a
Jorge Castafeda en el
Ramo, enviAndole un men-
saje en el sistema de
PROFS o Ilamando al 52-

Una cantidad limitada
deformulariosde impuestos
sobre la renta de los Estados
Unidos est& disponible en la
Divisi6n de Servicios Admi-
nistrativos (Oficina 254,
Edificio de Administraci6n);
otros pueden obtenerse de
tres a cinco dias laborables.
Para mas informaci6n, Ilame
a Berta Bricefio al 52-7757 6

El plazo para enviar
material para publicar en la
edici6n del Spillway del 24
de febrero se ha adelantado
para el 15 de febrero a las
11:45 a.m.



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Spillway del Canal de Panama

Viemes 10 de febrero de 1995

Eventos locales

Clases de caminata
Las clases de caminatas aer6bicas que ofrece el
Ramo de Adiestramiento Fisico del empleado se
realizan cuatro dias a la semana -- lunes a jueves -
- a partir de las 4:45 p.m. en el gimnasio de Diablo.
Llamar al 52-6827 para mas detalles.
Piscinas ofrecen cursos
Una clase de seguridad acuatica sera ofrecida en
la piscina de Balboa el 25 de febrero, de 1 a 5 p.m.
La piscina de Gamboa anuncia tambidn clases de
emergencia acuAtica el 11 y 12 de febrero de 9 a.m
a 1:30 p.m., clases de resucitaci6n cardiopulmonar
el 23 de febrero y el 9 de marzo de 8 a.m. a 4 p.m.,
primeros auxilios en el mismo horario el 23 de
marzo, seguridad acuMtica bisica el 25 y 26 de marzo
de 9 a.m. a 1:30 p.m.
Las clases en la piscina de Margarita incluyen
RCP comunitario del mediodia a las 5:00 p.m. el 11
y 12 de febrero, primeros auxilios y seguridad bajo
el mismo horario el 25 y 26 de febrero, asistencia
y seguridad acudtica para instructores del 4 al 25 de
marzo bajo el mismo horario, seguridad acuitica
bAsica de 1 a 5 p.m. el 11 y 12 de marzo, primeros
auxilios para nifios bajo el mismo horario el 18 de
marzo, y RCP para nifios e infantes del mediodia a
las 5 p.m. el 25 y 26 de marzo.

Venta de excedentes
La Oficina de Reutilizaci6n y Mercadeo de la
Defensa realizara una venta de excedentes el 13 de
febrero en el Edificio 745 en Corozal. Los articulos
podran ser inspeccionados desde las 7:30 a.m. y las
ofertas deberAn presentarse hasta las 3 p.m.
Recital de piano
El profesor Gus Trym y sus estudiantes de piano
presentaran su recital anual el 19 de febrero a las 3
p.m. en el Salon Elisio del YMCA de Crist6bal.
Tambidn se presentaran artistas invitados. Los
boletos cuestan $3 y pueden obtenerse en la entrada.

El Club de Yates de Gatun realizara una parrillada
a las 6:30 p.m. el 16 de febrero. El mend consiste
en came asada, ensalada, papas asadas, pan y postre.
Las parrilladas se realizan cada tercer jueves del mes.
Pueden hacerse reservaciones lamando a Sue Sta-
bler al 43-5487.

Matricula universitaria
La matricula para el pr6ximo semestre del
Panama Canal College sera de 9 a.m. a 1 p.m. y de
2:30 a 5 p.m. el 16, 17 y 21 de febrero. Las clases
seran del 22 de febrero al 14 de junio. Copias del
horario podran obtenerse en el campus de La Boca,
y habra pr6stamos disponibles para ayudar a los
estudiantes. Para mAs informaci6n, llamar al 52-
3304 6 52-3107.

Carrera en Gamboa
Las inscripciones estin abiertas hasta el 3 de
marzo para empleados y dependientes de 18 afios
o mas para participar en la carrera de dos millas
el 10 de marzo en Gamboa. Para mAs informa-
ci6n, Ilamar al 56-6274 de 11 a.m. a 7 p.m.
Baloncesto en el AtlAntico
Las inscripciones para un torneo de balon-
cesto de "tres contra tres" seran del 20 de febre-
ro al 7 de marzo, y los juegos comenzaran el 11
de marzo en el gimnasio de Margarita. Para mds
detalles, Ilamar al 43-7300 de 3 a 9 p.m.
Reunion de egresados de Paraiso
Los graduados de 1970 de la Escuela de Paraiso
tendrAn una cena bailable para celebrar su 25
aniversario a las 8 p.m. el 24 de febrero en el Caesar
Park Hotel. Los boletos cuestan $30. Para mis
detalles, Ilamar a Angela French (20-2832), Gerald
Price (52-2422) 6 Enrique Sanchez (50-0274).
Obra teatral
La comedia "Feliz Cumpleafios!" se estrena hoy
a las 8 p.m. en el Pacific Theatre Arts Center de
Curundd y se presenta hasta el 25 de febrero,
protagonizada por John R. Bennett, Barbara A.
Klein, Nicole Profis, Rachel A.R. Schaul y David P.
Smith. JoAnne Mitchell y Jerry Brees dirigen. Para
reservaciones, llamar al 86-3152 u 86-3814.
Guias necesitan voluntario adulto
Se necesita un voluntario adulto bilingue para
trabajar como presidente internacional en el Comit6
de Servicios Panameiios de las Muchachas Gufas de
los Estados Unidos. Las responsabilidades incluyen
coordinar las actividades entre la organizaci6n y las
Muchachas Gufas de Panama, entre ellas un
campamento en marzo. Los interesados pueden
llamar al 85-6867 de 9 a.m. a 4 p.m., martes y
jueves, o mi6rcoles del mediodia a las 6 p.m.

Clases de yoga
El Ramo de Adiestramiento Fisico del Empleado
ofrece clases de yoga en el gimnasio de Diablo de
4:45 a 5:45p.m. martes y jueves. Para mas
informaci6n, Ilamar al 52-6827 hasta las 8:30 p.m.
Taller de bonsai
El Ramo del Canal de Panama de la Liga Nacional
de Mujeres de las Artes y las Letras patrocina un
taller de confecci6n de Arboles bonsai en ingl6s el 11
de marzo. Los interesados podran inscribirse
Ilamando al 28-5444 de 8 a.m. al mediodia en dias
de semana.
Centro Juvenil de Gatun
El Centro Juvenil de Gatun realizara un torneo
de tenis de mesa de 10 a.m. al mediodia el 20 de
febrero. El lo. de marzo se ofrecerA un curso de arte
y manualidades para pre-adolescentes y un taller de
helados y dulces para todas las edades, de 9 a 11 a.m.
el 4 de marzo. Todos estan invitados a participar
en el Dia de la Tierra sembrando un irbol cerca del
centro el 25 de marzo.

Anuncian cursos tdcnicos
disponibles el pr6ximo mes
El Ramo de Adiestramiento Industrial ha
programado los siguientes cursos para el
pr6ximo mes en su centro de multimedios.
Cada curso indica su duraci6n aproximada.
Los empleados de la Comisi6n del Canal
interesados pueden llamar a Reinel O. Sisnett
(52-7068) parainformaci6n.
Control de Motores/Corriente Directa -- un dia
Motores de Corriente Directa -- un dia
Reparaci6n de Bombas Centrifugas -- tres dias
Cojinetes -- dos dias

Programan varios cursos de adiestramiento para marzo
A continuaci6n se presenta la lista de cursos de adiestramiento que se ofreceran a los empleados de
la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama en el mes de marzo. Todos se ofreceran de 8 a.m. a 4 p.m., con excepci6n
de "Administraci6n de Archivos", que se ofrecera de 8 a 11:45 a.m. Las nominaciones deben enviarse por
intermedio de los coordinadores de programas de adiestramiento, antes del plazo indicado. Ademds de los
cursos listados a continuaci6n, el Centro de Adiestramiento Computarizado (Multimedia Center) ofrece
paquetes individualizados de adiestramiento, entre ellos "Introducci6n a Microcomputadoras" que es un

Curso de ingles Foto por Armando De Gracia
Aprendices del Ramo de Adiestramiento Industrial, un operador de lanchas de la Divisi6n
de Dragado y los instructores celebran la culminacidn de un curso intensivo de inglis de
diez meses de duracidn en el Centro de Adiestramiento del Canal de Panamd. El curso
intensivo incluia lectura, redaccidn, conversacidn y prdcticas de laboratorio, y fue la
primera experiencia de adiestramiento en el Canal para los 19 aprendices, quienes ahora
asisten a clases sobre sus respectivos oficios.

Lista de vacantes
Los solicitantes deben ser empleados de carrera o de carrera condicional. Las solicitudes deben
presentarse al Ramo de Empleo y Colocaciones (Edificio 366, Anc6n) en el Formulario 443, Solicitud de
Traslado, a mas tardar siete dias calendario despu6s de publicado este aviso.
Aquellos que sean escogidos para un puesto permanente o para un puesto designado para prueba al
azar por drogas (TDP) tendran que someterse a una prueba de urinalisis para descartar el uso de drogas ilegales
antes del nombramiento o del cambio de puesto permanente. No se exigird el urinalisis 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 podrdn calificar con un minimo de un afio de experiencia especializada
en puestos en el primer o segundo nivel inmediatamente inferior.
Los solicitantes podrAn revisar los requisitos de cada puesto en el Centro de Recursos T6cnicos 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, seran 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 minimas y mAximas de pago por hora correspondientes
a los grados de las vacantes anunciadas. Los empleados seleccionados para Ilenar una vacante seran
colocados en el escal6n, grado y tarifa bdsica salarial correspondiente, de conformidad con los reglamentos.
Para mayor informaci6n, comuniquese con el Ramo de Empleo y Colocaciones llamando al tel6fono

Puestospermanentes Salarios
Agr6nomo administrador, '$11.34/$14.74
NM-7 2 (Bilingue) (Debe
tener licencia de conducir.)
Especialista en Confirmaci6n $13.87/$21.81
de Calidad, NM-9/ 1123
(Bilingue) (Debe saber nadar
y tener licencia de conducir.)

Adm. y


Sitio Vacantes
A 1

P 1

' La documentaci6n que pruebe que el solicitante ilena los requisitos especiales debe adjuntarse a la solicitud
o incluirse en el expediente oficial; de lo contrario, no se considerara al solicitante para la vacante.
2 S61o se considerara a empleades de la Comisi6n.
3 Debe poseer conocimientos de electricidad y mecAnica para inspeccionar y probar equipo.
La Comisi6n del Canal de Panama se ajusta a la Ley de Igualdad de Oportunidades

Administrador, Comisidn del Canal de Panamd



Directora de Relaiones Pdblicas

Director Asociado

Directora Asociada

El Spillway del Canal de PanamA es una publicaci6n oficial quincenal de la Comisi6n del Canal de PanamA. Los articulos que en ella aparecen
pueden ser reproducidos sin pedir autorizaci6n, 6nicamente acreditando la fuente. Toda colaboraci6n debe ser entregada antes del mediodla
del jueves anterior a la semana de su publicaci6n, o antes del mediodia del mi6rcoles si hay alg6n dla feriado durante la semana de publicaci6n.
Las subscripciones de 52 ejemplares cuestan $6 por correo regular, $4 por correo regular para estudiantes y S19 por correo a6rco. Envle
cheque o giro postal a favor de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panam. :Para mayor informaci6n, Ilame al 52-3202 o escriba a la Oficina de
Relaciones Plblicas de la Comisi6n del Canal de PanamA, Unit 2300, APO AA 34011-2300 o Altos de Balboa, PanamA.

requisito previo para las cursos avanzados de WordPerfect.
Curso (y grupo al que se asigna)
Adiestramiento para Supervisores: Liderazgo en
Situaciones Distintas (supervisores)
Seminario Sobre Administraci6nde Personal:
Acciones de Personal (supervisores)
Adiestramiento para Supervisores: La Transici6n
Hacia la Supervisi6n (supervisores)
C6mo Delegar Iniciativa a los Empleados (supervisores)
Programa de Evaluaci6n Gerencial (supervisores y
gerentes en equivalentes a NM-11 o mis)
C6mo Tener Control de su Tiempo
Estadistica Basica
Orientaci6n para Empleados Nuevos
Repaso de Redacci6n (personal responsable por
la redacci6n de memoranda y cartas)
Administraci6n de Archivos (personal de apoyo
de oficinas, custodios de registros y oficiales
de archivos de enlace)
C6mo Manejar Situaciones Dificiles (supervisores)
Redacci6n T6cnica (ingenieros y arquitectos)
Curso Aprobado Sobre Conservaci6n de Audici6n
Ocupacional/Certificaci6n (enfermeras de la
Divisi6n de Salud Ocupacional)
Documentaci6n "One-Stop" (instructores de
Seminarios de Internos de Carrera Profesional
C6mo Manejar Conflictos
Repaso Aprobado Sobre Conservaci6n de la
Audici6n Ocupacional (enfermeras de la
Divisi6n de Salud Ocupacional)
SuperCalc Macros (quienes han tomado
"Introducci6n a SuperCalc")
Funciones Avanzadas de WordPerfect: Estilos
(quienes han tornado "Funciones Avanzadas:
Funciones Avanzadas de WordPerfect: Cuadros

Introducci6n a SuperCalc*
Funciones Avanzadas de WordPerfect:
Funciones Avanzadas de WordPerfect: Macros BAsicos
Taller de Norton Commander*

Introducci6n a WordPerfect*

DBase III Plus Intermedio (quienes han tornado
"Introducci6n a dBase III Plus")
Funciones Avanzadas de SuperCalc: C6mo Unir
Hojas de Trabajo (quienes han tornado
"Introducci6n a SuperCalc")
Funciones Avanzadas de WordPerfect:

Fechas Plazo Ubicaci6n
3/7 & 8 2/14 Ctro. Amto.

3/9 2/16 Ctro.Amto.

3/14 2/24 Ctro. Amto.

3/14&15 2/24 Ctro.Amto.
3/14 2/24 Ctro.Amto.

3/20 & 21

Ctro. Amto.
Ctro. Amto.

3/21-24 2/28 Ctro. Amto.

3/22 & 23

Ctro. Amto.
Ctro. Amto.
Ctro. Amto.

3/28 & 29 3/7 Ctro.Amto.


Ctro. Amto.

3/7-9 2/14 Edif. 717

3/7 2/14 Edif.717

3/13 & 14








3/9 Edif.717

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Viemes 10 de febrero de 1995

Spillway del Canal de Panama

Ilustrador gana concurso de disenho

El ilustrador del Ramo de Artes Grificas
Osvaldo E. Herrera gan6 el concurso de
disefio de logos del Consejo Obrero-Patronal
de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama. Siete
participantes enviaron disefios, siendo
favorecidos por su creatividad y originalidad
y por su valor simb6lico los logos del
ingeniero jefe de dragas de la Divisi6n de
Dragado RicarddE. Sandoval y del oficinista
mecan6grafo RodrigoJa6n, respectivamente.
El logo final del consejo combina elementos
de estos disefios con los de Herrera.
El logo de Herrera muestra una nave
transitando las esclusas, con dos manos
estrechadas representando la asociaci6n de
obreros y gerentes en el Canal de Panama.

El disefio de Sandoval mostraba una rueda
pequefia, representando el consejo, que ayuda
a otras tres ruedas -- representando al mismo
Canal y a sus sectores obrero y patronal -- a
girar mejor. El logo de Ja6n, similar al de
Herrera, tambi6n muestra una nave tran-
sitando las esclusas con manos estrechadas
en el lugar de las compuertas.
Los jurados del concurso fueron el Jefe
del Ramo de Anilisis Administrativo
Rodolfo Sabonge, la ingeniera industrial de
la Divisi6n de Esclusas Noris L6pez, el
ingeniero jefe encargado de remolcadores
de Servicios al Canal Daniel Goldsworthy y
el ingeniero de dragas de la Divisi6n de
Dragado Antonio Regist.

Replica de placa Foto por Jaime Femrndez
David Dickson y Leika Guerrero muestran la replica de la placa conmemorativa del Corte
Gaillard que hicieron para la Divisidn de Mantenimiento. Ambos tambidn ayudaron a darle
el toque final a la replica de la locomotora de las esclusas vista en elfondo.

Empleados crean replica de la placa

conmemorativa del Corte Gaillard

Develan nuevo logo Foto por Kevin Jenkins
El nuevo logo del Consejo de Relaciones Obrero-Patronales es develado para mostrarlo al
Administrador Gilberto Guardia F. y al Subadministrador R. P. Laverty. Desde la
izquierda aparecen Laverty; Guardia; el Subdirectorde Marina CarlosAlvarado; Osvaldo
E. Herrera, ganador del concurso de diseio del logo; y Rodrigo Jadn y Ricardo E. Sandoval,
cuyos diseiosfueron premiados por su creatividad y originalidad y por su valor simb6lico

Establecen plazo para solicitar becas FEEA

El Fondo Federal de Asistencia y
Educaci6n del Empleado anuncia su
programa de becas para 1995-96.
Bajo el programa, los empleados con al
menos tres afios de servicio federal cumplidos
el 31 de agosto de 1995, y sus dependientes,
son elegibles para competir por becas que
van desde $300 a $1,500 por estudiante. Los
solicitantes deben ser graduandos de
secundaria o estudiantes universitarios en
centros acreditados de Estados Unidos o
Panama. Se requiere un promedio de notas
de 3 en una escala de 4, o de 2.25 en una
escala de 3. El criterio de selecci6n incluye
logros acad6micos, servicio a la comunidad,

una recomendaci6n y un ensayo de dos
Los formularios oficiales de las becas
pueden obtenerse con Dolores A. Eskildsen
en la Oficina de Administraci6n de Personal
dela Comisi6n del Canal de Panama (Oficina
251 del Edificio de Administraci6n). Deberi
enviarse por correo, con sello postal no
despu6s del 2 dejunio, a: FEEA Scholarship
Award, Suite 200, 8441 W. Bowles Ave.
Littleton, CO 80123-3245. La FEEA es una
organizaci6n no lucrativa con base en Wash-
ington, D.C., que proporciona educaci6n y
asistencia de emergencia a los empleados

Otorgardn dos becas para estudios universitarios

Solicitudes para becas estdn disponibles
en las oficinas de los consejeros financieros
de las escuelas secundarias de Balboa y
Crist6bal, el Panama Canal College y las
extensiones de las universidades Nova y
Florida State para las becas que el Isthmian
College Club otorgard a finales de mayo.
Pueden aspirar a la beca los graduandos
de escuelas del area del Canal con promedio
de "B" que planean estudiar en el Panama
Canal College o alguna otra universidad
acreditada en los Estados Unidos. Tambi6n
otorgaran una o mas becas de educaci6n
continuada a estudiantes con promedio de

"B" que planeen seguir estudios el pr6ximo
semestre en el Panama Canal College, Nova
o Florida State University y que hayan
asistido o egresado de cualquier escuela
esta-dounidense, del area del Canal o del
exterior acreditada en los Estados Unidos.
La necesidad financiera sera el criterio de
selecci6n para ambos casos.
Una copia oficial de los cr6ditos de
secundaria o universitarios del aplicante
deben acompafar la solicitud, que vence el 8
de marzo. Para cualquier informaci6n,
contactar a Maria V. Barkmeier al 86-6316
en horas laborables.

Nota hist6rica

La edici6n del 9 de septiembre de 1909 del "Canal Record" inform6 sobre un concurso
de cortadores de hierba en el Dia del Trabajo, con la participaci6n de 11 equipos de dos
hombres cada uno. Lotes de casi 200 yardas cuadradas fueron asignados para cada equipo
y los ganadores se seleccionaron segin la velocidad y calidad del trabajo. El concurso fue
propuesto por insistencia de "algunos segadores espafioles del Distrito de Anc6n, que crefan
que eran superiores a los hombres de otros distritos", de acuerdo con el Record. "El concurso
ya ha generado considerable interns entre los espafioles empleados en este tipo de trabajo",
informa la publicaci6n, "y se cree que el concurso sera parejo".

Cuando la Divisi6n de Mantenimiento
de la Comisi6n del Canal de Panama decidi6
reproducir la secci6n del Cerro del Contratista
del Corte Gaillard como escenario de su
reciente ceremonia de premiaci6n del
"empleado del afio", a David Dickson, un
agente de compras del Ramo de Man-
tenimiento de Interiores, se le pidi6 pintar la
placa en memoria de Gaillard que esta
instalada en la ladera del cerro. Con grandes
dosis de iniciativa, Dickson decidi6 dar mis
y construir una replica de la placa usando
espuma sint6tica.
Apesar de que nunca antes habia utilizado
la espuma sintetica en esta forma, conocia su
potencial luego de ver una estatua hecha de
este material en la casa de un amigo. La gran
estatua realmente habia llamado la atenci6n
de Dickson en una forma dramatica -- por
poco le cae encima desde un anaquel, y
qued6 sorprendido al ver lo liviana que era
cuando su amigo la detuvo facilmente con
una mano.
Dickson, quien elabora replicas de cobre
de arte precolombino en su tiempo libre para
almacenes locales, fue asignado para
reproducir la placa por su reputaci6n de
artista talentoso. Leika Guerrero, una
oficinista con titulo en disefio grafico, fue
asignada para ayudarle.
Usaron como modelo una foto de 1915
tomada cuando la placa fue entregada por la
viuda del Col. David du Bose Gaillard, el
ingeniero a cargo de la excavaci6n y en cuyo

honor se bautiz6 el Corte Gaillard. Entre
ambos cortaron el material plistico en la
forma apropiada, y Dickson us6 una pistola
de soldadura para esculpir las formas de los
dos trabajadores que aparecen en la placa y
de las palas a vapor en el fondo. "La gente
que pasaba comentaban que los hombres
necesitaban mtisculos", recuerda Dickson.
"Cuando regresaban al dia siguiente, los
mdsculos estaban ahf".
Cuando el tallado estuvo terminado,
Dickson y Guerrero usaron yeso para sellar
los componentes de la placa, pintaron la
superficie de negro y aplicaron un polvo
dorado que, combinado con el fondo negro,
simula la textura de bronce de la placa origi-
nal. Como toque final, le aplicaron una capa
protectora de resina.
El escenario donde la replica de la placa
fue colocada mostraba una pintura de un
barco aproximandose al Cerro del Contratista
y, a los lados, replicas de las locomotoras
originales y actuales del Canal. Dickson y
Guerrero tambi6n ayudaron con los toques
finales de estas replicas, pero su trabajo en la
placa recibi6 mayor atenci6n, especialmente
de las personas que nunca han tenido la
oportunidad de ver la original.
LaOficina de Relaciones Pdblicas estudia
la posibilidad de exhibir permanentemente
la placa, para permitir que los visitantes
estudien los detalles de este monumento
hist6rico que normalmente s61o puede verse
desde las naves en trinsito.

Cuadrillas de lanchas sacan

lian Reefer en el Lago Gatdn. Vieron al tri-
pulante de un barco caer al lago de espaldas
desde una distancia significativa, entre la
nave y la lancha. Mis tarde supieron que era
un tercer oficial que aparejaba una escalera
cuando la plataforma cedi6.
Tras maniobrar alejandose del barco,
Shepherd ubic6 al hombre con un reflector y
Julio le arroj6 un salvavidas y luego sac6 la
escalera de rescate. "Como la escalera no es
vertical hacia el extremo de la lancha",
explica Dunlap, "el marine puede ayudar fi-
cilmente mientras esta parado en la escalera".
Julio y Shepherd subieron al hombre le-
sionado a la lancha. Luego Shepherd llam6
a tierra para que una ambulancia lo llevara a
un hospital local, del cual sali6 mas tarde.
Como en las dos anteriores, la tercera e-
mergencia ocurri6 de noche. Hace casi dos

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semanas, el operador del Skate, Roberto
Avalon, y el marine Rufino Meneses res-
cataron al miembro de una cuadrilla que ca-
y6 en Bahia Lim6n desde el barco Ocean
Lily. Acababan de recoger a un practice del
Canal de ese barco y la cuadrilla de la lancha
iba de regreso al muelle de lanchas. No vie-
ron al hombre caer. Cuando el despachador
les avis6 de la emergencia por radio, re-
gresaron y hallaron al hombre en el agua con
un salvavidas que le habian tirado desde el
barco. Meneses baj6 la escalera de inmediato
y, segdn Avalon, "hizo un excelente trabajo
subiendo al tripulante a bordo".
Por su disponibilidad al evitar tragedias
durante estos rescates de hombres caidos al
agua, las tres cuadrillas de lanchas han sido
recomendadas para premios por actos

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