Title: Panama Canal Customer newsletter
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00099413/00003
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Title: Panama Canal Customer newsletter
Physical Description: Serial
Language: English
Publisher: Autoridad del Canal de Panama
Place of Publication: Balboa, Panama
Publication Date: June 2000
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Bibliographic ID: UF00099413
Volume ID: VID00003
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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The Panama Canal started collecting
customer transit statistics in 1998, for
the purpose of using this data as sec-
ond tie-breaking mechanism to award
booking slots in the event of a tie. This
change was considered for implemen-
tation following numerous requests
from Canal customers as a mean to
improve the Canal Transit Reservation
System (booking system). The data
was to be obtained from the Ship In-
formation Quarantine Declaration
(SIQD) form (a source of data related to
frequency of customer transits). In order to
implement this criterion and, perhaps, el-
evate it in the future to become the first
tie-breaking element, the Panama Canal
Authority hopes to reach a 90% collec-

tion ratio. This is why it is important for all
customers to provide the SIQD code when-
ever transiting the Canal. At the moment,
the overall collection rate for the period of
October, 1999 through April, 2000 is only
59%. For some vessel types, such as ve-

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China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO)
launched a new service, jointly operated
with KLINE and YML, utilizing the Panama
Canal. The Asia-U.S. East coast Express
will deploy nine 3400 TEU vessels offer-
ing weekly services connecting Shanghai,
Yantian and Hong Kong in China with New
York, Norfolk and Charleston in the East
Coast of the United States and Tokyo and
Kobe in Japan via Panama Canal. This
service officially started on the 21 of April
with the Panama's registered M.V. YU GU
He and the first transit through the Canal
took place on May 19, 2000. Via
the Panama Canal, this all-water-
way service will shorten the deliv-
ery time between the Far East and
the U.S. East Coast substantially.
From Hong Kong to New York, the
sailing time will be as short as 26
days. Mr. Song Qiming, Vice Presi-
dent, COSCO America and Repre-
sentative of the New Container
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The reception was attended by His Excel-
lency, Arturo Vallarino, Vice-President of
the Republic of Panama, His Excellency,
Ricardo Martinelly, Minister of Canal Af-
fairs, the Honorable Alberto Aleman
Zubieta, Panama Canal Authority Admin-
istrator and the Honorable Jerry Salazar,
Panama Maritime Authority Administrator
and other members of the maritime com-
munity in Panama. The Canal is very
pleased with this new COSCO service
which will increase Canal transits signifi-

hicle carriers, full containerships, and Ro-
Ro's, their collection ratio is very high. How-
ever, there are others, which collection ra-
tio needs improvement to increase the reli-
ability of the database to enable us to use
it for the intended purpose. Changes to the
tie-breaking rules expected to be imple-
mented during this month will be postpone
until the collection rate increases signifi-
The Canal urges all customers who do not
have a code to request one by sending their
company's physical, mailing, and e-mail
address, as well as their telephone and fax
numbers to smarucci@pancanal.com. Cus-
tomers are reminded that registering their
company is to their advantage, because in
the event of a tie for a booking slot, the
SIQD code will be the decisive tool to de-
termine the customer with most transits and
therefore, who receives the slot.

Mr. Alberto Alemin Zubieta, the Panama
Canal Authority Administrator has been
invited to address the 25th Annual Summer
Ports, Waterways, Freight & International
Trade Conference. This conference is spon-
sored by the Transportation Research Board
(TRB) and it will be held at the Sheraton
Norfolk Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, Vir-
ginia from July 16 to 19, 2000. Mr.
Aleman's presentation, The Future of the
Panama Canal in Global Trade, will be the
lead-off session on Monday, July 17.
The Transportation Research Board (TRB)
is a unit of the U.S. National Research
Council. Its mission is to promote innova-
tion and progress in transportation by stimu-
lating and conducting research, facilitat-
ing the dissemination of information, and
encouraging the implementation of re-
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of the Panama Canal and the ongoing improvement programs. The A.P. Moller execu-
tives included Mr. Knud E. Stubkjaer,
Partner; Michael V. Moller, Director,
Corporate Secretariat; and Hans P.
Moller, General Manager, Maersk-
Sealand (a Division of A.P. Moler)
Panama, S.A. They were provided a
full briefing on the Panama Canal,
the various trade routes served by the
waterway, modernization and capac-
ity enhancement projects and plans
for the new century. Canal officials
provided them with a tour of
Miraflores Locks and the Locks Con-
trol House and they were later taken
to the Canal's Marine Traffic Man-
agement Center to receive an over-
view on the process of sched-
uling and monitoring vessel traffic. A working lunch was held afterwards with top
management of the Panama Canal Authority. The A.P. Moller executives had the
opportunity of enjoying an over flight of the Canal giving them an excellent aerial
view of the waterway as well as the improvements to Panama's maritime and
transportation infrastructure. They landed in Colon on the Atlantic where they
visited the Colon Free Zone facilities and the Manzanillo International Terminal
Panama. On May 1, Mr. Tommy Thomsen, President and CEO of Maersk-Sealand
in the United States, together with Mr. Hans Stig Moller, Managing Director of
Maersk-Sealand in Panama also visited the Canal.

On May 3, of this year the Panama Canal
Authority (ACP) and the Tennessee Valley
Authority (TVA) signed a Memorandum of
Agreement. This agreement will allow the
ACP to obtain services from TVA in areas
where each can share expertise and ex-
change experiences for the benefit of both
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a fed-
eral corporation, the largest producer of
power in the
U n i t e d
States, a re-
gional eco-
nomic devel-
o p m e n t
agency, and
a national
tal Research
Center. TVA
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water quality. TVA went through a
complete transformation several
years ago to become the most effi-
cient power-production corporation
in the United States.
The Panama Canal and TVA will
benefit from this relationship in ar-
eas such as corporate transformation, sus-
tainable development of lake and river
systems, watershed management, water
quality, infor-
mation man-
power pro-
duction, and
corporate uni-
versity. The
also demon-
strates the
mature pos-
ture and for-
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U.S. Congressmen from the House of Rep-
resentatives Transportation Committee vis-
ited the Panama Canal on May 1, as they
were concluding a tour of Latin America.
Upon their arrival at Miraflores Locks they
were taken to the Locks Control House
where they had the opportunity to observe
lockage operations and turn the levers that
activate the locks valves and miter gates.
The congressmen were subsequently given
a full briefing on the Panama Canal, the
various trade routes served by the water-
way, capacity enhancement projects and
plans for future expansion. The Congress-
men expressed their appreciation to Ca-
nal officials and stated that they were very
satisfied that the waterway was operating

smoothly and efficiently under the new
Panama Canal Authority. They were also
pleased by the commitment of the Canal's
force, the high quality transit service and
the magnitude of the Canal's ongoing main-
tenance programs.
Later in the evening Congressmen John J.
Duncan, Jr., representing Tennessee's 2nd
District and James L. Oberstar, of the Eighth
Congressional District of Minnesota, held
an interview with the local newspaper "El
Universal" where they firmly reiterated
their confidence in the administration, op-
eration, maintenance, safety and security
of the waterway.

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