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Panama Canal Authority increases Daily Vessel Transits with New Cartagena Tie-Up Station

Date: 11-MAY-2009

  •   PART OF EFFORT TO INCREASE EFFICIENCY, TIE-UP STATION YIELDS AT LEAST ONE ADDITIONAL TRANSIT PER DAY

Cartagena Tie-Up Station PANAMA CITY, Panama, May 11, 2009 - The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced today that its second tie-up station, located at Cartagena approach, is in full operation. The new station (pictured left) allows the Canal to transit at least one additional vessel per day. The management of the Canal constantly strives to increase daily transits, bolster customer service, save customers money and enhance efficiency.   

The way the ACP schedules vessel transits, traffic goes northbound (Pacific to Atlantic) in the morning and switches to southbound (Atlantic to Pacific) in the afternoon. Before the introduction of these tie-up stations, in the afternoon, for example, the two locks on the Pacific end of the Canal would have been idle until nearly the end of all of the southbound traffic. The tie-up stations utilize this down time by allowing northbound traffic in the afternoon to go through both the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel locks - then these ships are secured at the tie-up station, wait for all of the southbound traffic to pass and continue their transit. 

"The Cartagena tie-up station allows us to transit at least one more vessel per day.  Each additional vessel that we transit increases capacity, provides our customers with greater service and saves money. These modern tie-up stations are really a tribute to our staff's innovative problem solving and constant creative thinking," said ACP Executive Vice President of Operations Manuel Benítez.

Along with the new track and turntable system in the Gatun locks and an enhanced tug fleet, the ACP has increased daily transits to more than 40 per day, providing safe, reliable and efficient service to its customers.

About the Panama Canal Authority (ACP)
The ACP is the autonomous agency of the Government of Panama in charge of managing, operating and maintaining the Panama Canal. The operation of the ACP is based on its organic law and the regulations approved by its Board of Directors. For more information, please refer to the ACP's Web site: http://www.pancanal.com/.


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