The Panama Canal. "The land divided, the world united."



Hyperlogisistics has dedicated this section of our website to the education of The Panama Canal Expansion Project.  The project could dramatically change the economics and travel of the international trade flowing into and out of the free world.  Navy Cmdr. Ligia Cohen calls the Panama Canal "perhaps the most crucial piece of infrastructure supporting the free flow of trade and goods in the Western hemisphere."

Manufacturers and distributors worldwide will reap benefits upon the completion of the canal expansion.  Hyperlogistics is excited about this global affect on the world trade community and want to share brief updates and information to you. Stay tuned for new project developments and news coming from the international trade community.

To get on the following link to view a video on the Panama Canal's Expansion Project and it's remarkable history, courtesy of DC Velocity.


News Updates

Press Release 10-20-16: 10-19-16 -  Expansion Helps The Panama Canal to Third-Highest Annual Tonnage in 2016!  The Panama Canal has recorded the third-highest annual tonnage in it 102-year history in 2016 helped by the opening of the new neopanamax locks!  "Despite the international shipping downturn this past year, we recorded one of the highest annual tonnage figures since the opening of the original Canal 102 years years ago," said Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano.  "This latest success reinforces the continued strategic importance of the route and the growing value that recent investments in the Canal will bring to the maritime industry."  To read further, go to

News Update 7-25-16:  - By Dreama Nolan - The World is United!  The newly expanded canal is open!  With a band playing and flags waving, a Chinese ship carrying more than 9,000 containers on Sunday, June 26th, entered the newly expanded locks.  

"This is the most incredible work of enginneering that has been done this century. It is a monument to human talent and will," said Jorge Luis Quintano, an administrator with the Panama Canal Authority.  To read more on this historical event, click here

News Update 6-15-16:  By Dreama Nolan - The Countdown is On!   Well, here we are at the final 10 days of the Panama Canal Expansion Project.  What a remarkable day it will be for Panamanians and the world's trade industry!  

The existing/old locks allow the passage of vessels that can carry up to 5,000 TEUs.  On June 26th, the Post-Panamax vessels will be able to transit through the Canal with up to 14,000 TEUs; thus, more than doubling the Canal's capacity.  This will have a direct impact on the international maritime trade!  

As one could imagine, the Panamanians are very excited!  They have presented the following one minute video to express their pride in their country's hard work and perseverance in completing this project.  Enjoy!

News Update  5-1-16:  By Dreama Nolan - The Official Website of the Panama Canal Expansion has presented the following video link of the exciting life of the Panama Canal.  With a cost of billions of dollars and almost two years behind schedule, the opening is in sight!  This video illustrates the complete story of the canal, including the nearly completed expansion project.  Click on the following link to view this video:

Press Release 3-4-16: 3-1-2016 - Panama Canal Expansion Enters Trial Phase! GUPC, the consortium building the new Panama Canal locks, said that in the next two months it would conduct more than 2,000 trials in the Pacific and Caribbean sectors of the expanded waterway, focusing on gates, valves, electric power and control systems.
Some systems are already being operated from the control towers and the buildings where machines are located "are almost finished," Jose Pelaez, GUPC's project director, said.  "This new inter-oceanic canal has achieved almost every major client requirement, such as timing for opening and closing the gates, time to fill locks, seal capacities and others," GUPC said in a statement.
At the end of the trial period, called by GUPC "an essential part of the project's optimization," there will be navigation tests during the second week of May with a vessel leased by the Panama Canal Authority, or ACP.  The navigation trials will be the last tests before handing over the project to the ACP, which expects to open the waterway for operations during the second half of this year.
The expansion will allow the transit of 2.6 times more cargo and "will open unlimited opportunities and new markets," such as the transport of liquefied natural gas, Pelaez told EFE.  The 80-kilometer (50-mile) canal, which was under U.S. control from 1904 until Dec. 31, 1999, currently handles nearly 6 percent of global trade.
Administrators launched the expansion project, including construction of a third set of locks that will enable the waterway to accommodate "post-Panamax" ships, in 2007.  Those modern ships - used by the energy, and particularly the liquefied natural gas industry - hold up to 12,000 20-foot-long containers and are three times bigger than what the canal can currently handle.
With the new set of locks, the canal will be able to handle up to 600 million tons of cargo annually, double its current capacity. EFE

News Update 1-21-16:  By Dreama Nolan - 'The Game Changer' Coming Soon! 'The Panama Canal Expansion Project, aka 'The Game Changer,' is already stirring up the global trade industry!  The Panama Canal Port Authority reports that in 2015 a significant increased volume of cargo passed through the canal, in part due to an increase of gas carriers and tankers requiring higher measurements of security.

The U.S. East and South Coast ports have contributed billions of dollars in preparation of higher container traffic upon the canal's expansion completion.  Easier highway accesses to and from the ports and many rail enhancements for quicker delivery throughout the U.S. have been completed.

In Georgia, the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is underway by deepening the Savannah River to a 47 feet mean water level.  Vessels in the megaship class are already calling on the Port of Savannah for the larger vessel service.  And as other East Coast ports have completed their preparations, the South Coast port, PortMiami, is ready for the increase in traffic with a 50/52 feet water level.  This level will accommadate the largest container vessels in the oceans.  Port Everglades already handles the megaships that are too large to currently pass through the Panama Canal. This port is also reporting an increase in traffic in 2015.

Not only will the Panama Canal deliver a higher quantity and quality of service than before, but the U.S. East and South Coast ports will exceed all expectations the shipping industry has experienced in this part of the country. Many say it is global game changer, and with all indicatons, the Panama Canal Expansion Project has already earned that name.

Press Release 1-6-16: The Columbus Dispatch 1-3-16 - The Widened Panama Canal to Finally Open in May!
According to wire reports from Panama City, The Columubs Dispatch states that "after several years of work to widen the Panama Canal, the waterway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans will be reopened in May,  Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela announced in an address to the nation on Saturday, January 2, 2016."

"The expanded canal originally was due to open in 2014, but labor and financial disputes delayed the project's completion several times.  The work cost $5.25 billion.  About 14,000 ships a year pass through the Panama Canal, representing about 6 percent of world trade," says The Columubs Dispatch.

The expected opening of much larger locks is already boosting prospects for more exports to Asia from U.S. Gulf ports of LNG, coal and grain cargos.  The doubling of the canal's capacity will allow shippers to bring their Asian goods to the Eastern and Gulf coasts for less money.  The expansion is expected to bolster Panama's strategic positions as a transshipment hub and business center for much of Central and South America.

What is certain is that the doubling of capacity on the connector of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans will change the way the world's shipping lines ply their global routes when the projedt is complete.

News Update 11-7-2015:  By Dreama Nolan  - The Six Countries of Central America Will Benefit Greatly on Their Exports After the Opening of the New Locks!  Carriers currently using the Suez Canal for anything north of Yantian (China) will likely change their routes through the Panama Canal because they can save time and two ships per loop.   After the Maersk Transit Lines revived last year to served the Americas, more transshipments in the region will possibly be carrying their volume directly to its final destinations after the new locks open.  When it comes through the Suez Canal, that is not possible!  To read more on the ever changing news on the new Canal, click here...

Press Release 10-14-15:, September 2015 - 'For CSX And Norfolk Southern, Panama Canal Expansion Could Be A Positive' - CSX and Norfolk Southern are the two major railroads serving the East Coast and these would be the major beneficiaries of an expansion in container traffic on the East Coast.  See Forbes forcast for both railroad's U.S. intermodal freight market share which would affect Central and Southern Ohio at the following link:

Press Release 8-14-15:, August 2015 -  'New Canal Meets Old Man River' - According to DC Velocity, with the Panama Canal expansion project expected to be completed in 2016, observers are particulary interested in what will happen at the Port of New Orleans.  With the debth of 200 feet, this port is located on the deepest section of the Mississippi River and will  have no draft issues.  Port officials predict that container traffic will increase by about 7 percent initially.  The question is, where do the containers go from there?  The channel between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, La., is about 45 feet with a 50 foot depth at Baton Rouge.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is responsible for maintaining the country's waterways, is considering dredging five feet from the lower Mississippi in order to accommodae large ships as far up as Baton Rouge.  The projected cost is $300 million, but port experts believe the project could generate another 24 million tons of cargo for Louisiana ports over an eight-year period.  But many hurdles will be faced such as many creaky river locks.  To read more on the Old Man River issues, please go to

Press Release 7-7-15: - 'The Panamal Canal Is About To Become An Even Bigger 'Big Ditch' -Though the Panama Canal's third set of locks isn't yet complete, the Panama Canal Authority is already eying a proposal from China for a fouth set of locks, big enough for the "next generation" of freight shippers that hold up to 18,000 containers.  But as container ships grow bigger by the year, so do labor and traffic challenges at ports and canals.  Just how much larger can the freight industry get?  When the third set of locks open for business in April  2016, we'll begin to find out!


News Update 6-12-15:  Hyperlogistics Staff, Dreama Nolan:   It has been eight months of congestion at the West Coast ports.  After surveying shippers, 43% say they will be shifting their shipments to the East Coast Ports.  Between January and April of this year, the East coast port's import market grew to 44% which is up roughly 5% points since the end of 2014, according to PIERS.  The bottom line (it seems) is that no matter what shifts take place, some ports will loose percentages and some ports will gain percentages.  With the Panama Canal Expansion Project due for completion in 2016, one would project the U.S. East Coast ports may be getting more business than ever expected!  The photo below illustrates the congestion at a West Coast Port!

News Update 3-6-15: On 2-16-15 reported "Panama Canal Expansion Shipping Jobs to Ohio."  Ohio's former tagline "Ohio, The Heart of it All" could be a precursor to many benefits in terms of increased goods on Ohio's railroads, trucks and rivers; thus, leading to new jobs and distribution centers.  Ohio is in the right place at the right time!  To read more on this article, click here Panama Canal Benefits Ohio.

News Update 2-12-15:  Hyperlogistics Staff, Dreama Nolan:  Since the beginning of the Panama Canal Expansion Project, there have been many extrordinary challenges to overcome.  Between contract disputes, cost disputes, labor issues and dredging surprises, the Project has withstood some major odds.  The sheer determination to continue deserves immense recognition.

Nearly $30 billion will  have been spent between 2012 and 2016 by the American East and Gulf coast ports, and their private sector partners, for their port infrastructure improvements.  The West Coast ports will spend another $15 billion.

Considering that there is no question that with the West Coast Ports' chaotic congestion, labor strikes and wait times, the Panama Canal completion will certainly be a welcomed option for shippers.

In light of the grand opening growing nearer, the impact of its capacity has shippers anxious and yet excited about the prospect of an economic relief and improved delivery times.  And although there is global uncertainty due to some economic changes, new markets emerging and just plain fear of the unknown, the Panama Canal Expansion will serve as a new option to better route goods throughout the world.

It's been a long time coming, but the completion is drawing near!

News Update 8-15-14:  Hyperlogistics Staff, Dreama Nolan:  HAPPY BIRTHDAY PANAMA CANALl!  Today the Panama Canal marks it's 100th year birthday since it's opening in 1914!

Press Release 8-12-14:  Epoch Times reported
China wants to invest in a fourth set of locks on the Panama Canal, in addition to its proposal for a new canal in Nicaragua.  Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano recently met with a Chinese delegation, headed by China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC) Chairman Mo Wenhe and Chinese-Panamanian Office of Business Development representative Wei Hua Wang.  “We are exploring our participation in all Canal projects, especially in the design, construction and financing of a Fourth Set of Locks,” Mo said, in a press release to the World Maritime News.


News Update 6-17-14:  End of P3 Seen Boosting Traffic.  The decision today by the world's three biggest container lines to scrap plans to implement the P3 Network this fall is likely to boost container traffic through the Panama Canal.  Maersk Line said it had agreed with it's partners, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA CGM to stop preparatory work on the P3 Network after China's Ministry of Commerce rejected the vessel-sharing agreement.  "If there is no P3 leaving China, which is the main source of cargo, then that means the cargo will  have to go on several vessells, and that puts on a better perspective for us for the net several years," said Panama Canal Administrator Jorge Quijano.  For a detailed description of the CMA CGM P3 Network, please view the following presentation.  Please click here....

News Update 4-28-14:  "Massive" Surplus of Midsize Container Ships Coming:  Drewry.  The opening of the enlarged Panama Canal in 2016 likely will trigger a "massive" surplus of 4,000 - 5,000 TEU container ships, many of which will have to be scrapped regardless of their age, according to Drewry Maritime Research.  After it's locks are enlarged, the waterway, which currently can only handle so-called Panamax ships up to 5,000 TEUs, will allow the transit of vessels up to 14,500 TEUs.

As the average age of the Panamax fleet is just 8 1/2 year old, and 73 percent of the fleet is less than 11 years old and therefore not depreciated, some owners likely will seek to re-engine vessels or even enlarge them.  The capacity of the Panamas sector is 2.8 million TEUs, or 16 percent of the total world fleet, and half of it would have to be scrapped after the widened Panama Canal opens to rebalance supply and demand.

Press Release 3-11-14: reported The Panama Canal is receiving its most ambitious upgrade in 93 years—a third channel hemmed in by 16 gargantuan flood gates.  Each of these 16 gates, built by Italian steel manufacturer Cimolai, stands nearly 10 stories tall, weighs an estimated 3,100 tons, and costs a whopping $34.2 million produce and install. Eight will be installed on each end of the new third channel as part of an eight-year $5.2 billion public works project designed to double the shipping lane's capacity by 2015.

News Update 3-6-14:    Hyperlogistics Staff, Dreama Nolan:  A Resolution Has Been Made!  The Panama Canal Authority says it has reached an agreement to end the dispute over $1.6 billion in cost overruns with the construction consortium that is expanding the canal.  Jorge Luis Quijano, the canal administrator, announced that work has resumed following a two-week stoppage by the consortium.  Both the Canal Authority, and the consortium, have agreed to inject $100 million into the project to resume work.  The deal must still be reviewed and signed by both sides.  The targeted completion date of the canal expansion is December 2015.

News Update 2-7-14Hyperlogistics Staff, Dreama Nolan:  Panama Canal Expansion Has Halted!  A consortium in charge of expanding the Panama Canal said today that work on the $3.1 billion project has been suspended, pending a response from the Panamanian authorities on its latest proposal to share cost overruns.  In a statement to Spain's stock market regulator, the GUPC consortium said it remains committed to finding a solution to the conflict with the Panama Canal Authority, but it added that the Authority has thus far refused to take on extra costs incurred during the project.

News Update 1-30-14:  Hyperlogistics Staff, Dreama Nolan:  The Canal Expansion May Come to a Screeching Halt!  The old saying that real life is better than fiction, well, unfortunately this is largely true in the Panama Canal Expansion Project.   While the world watches intensely, the expansion of the Canal could come to a screeching halt in early February due to $1.6 billion cost overrun.  The Spanish-led canal-building consortium, known as United for the Canal, said that it will continue negotiating to resolve the fight over who should pay for the expansion cost overrun until at least the beginning of February.  They blame the cost overruns largely on problems with the studies carried out by the Panamanian authority before work began.  It says that geological obstacles that it has encountered while excavating have prevented it from getting the basalt it needs to make the massive amounts of cement required for the expansion.
  And on the other side, many experts say the root of the conflict lies in the consortium's underestimation of the project's costs when it won the canal expansion contract in 2009 by submitting by far the lowest bid: $3.1 billion for its portion of the job ($1 billion less than a bid led by the U.S. construction giant, Bechtel.)

According to canal administrator, Jorge Quijano, “negotiations remain open” while attempts to resolve the dispute through dialogue and mediation efforts by Spanish and Panamanian authorities have failed thus far. If the dispute is not resolved soon, the U.S. stands a chance of a negative outcome with it’s exportation plans of natural gas.  As of present, Japan, India and other Asian countries could look elsewhere for their natural gas supplies, at least in the near future, if LNG tankers carrying the natural gas from the U.S. are forced to take longer routes.

The dispute over the canal’s expansion is also likely a contributing factor in the slow pace of the Department of Energy’s licensing of new LNG export terminals which could carry big, negative consequences for U.S. commerce.  Businesses that are counting on the export market to sustain domestic drilling and pay for the construction of LNG terminals and tankers are at risk.  Thousands of American families whose jobs are tied to energy production stand to loose as well.

The Panama Canal Expansion Project’s importance isn’t limited to its role in sustaining world trade markets.  Without access to natural gas, Japan, India and other energy-consuming countries will need to burn more coal for electricity production, which will increase carbon emissions globally.  So come on….the world is urging the differences to be settled.  From a better global economic market, to a cleaner earth, let’s get the expansion completed.  What more reason is needed?

Press Release 11-18-13: Biden Tours Houston Port, Touts Jobs From Panama Canal Expansion - The Port of Houston got a big boost on Monday from Vice President Joe Biden, who, as part of a broad call to invest in all U.S. ports to create jobs, promised to help secure funding and permits for dredging.  Biden said the administration is proposing a $50 billion investment package to upgrade the nation's ports and other transportation infrastructure, including railroads and bridges. Such an investment would help create 650,000 jobs, the vice president said.  Biden's Houston visit is the final leg of a tour of American ports to highlight the expansion of the Panama Canal to accommodate larger ships. The vice president next will head to Panama for an update on the massive expansion project.  The Panama Canal project will double the shipping capacity of the canal system that has been limited by the locks' inability to accommodate ships wider than 110 feet and longer than 1,050 feet.  The Panama Canal expansion will drastically change U.S. commerce, bringing five times as many exports through the Port of Houston by the year 2035.  "Imagine how many jobs that means," he said.  Biden's visit to Houston is part of a wider administration effort to expand seaport operations across the United States that account for nearly 80 percent of the volume of U.S. international trade, supporting more than 13 million U.S. jobs.

News Update 10-15-13:  Hyperlogistics Staff, Dreama Nolan: The West Coast Is Getting Skeptical.  According to Ferdinando Guerra, an international economist with the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, estimatations of how much cargo traffic the Los Angeles County ports would lose after the completion of the Panama Canal Widening Project in 2015 range widely.  The possibly of loosing cargo deliveries to Houston or eastern seaports are looming.  Read more at

News Update 12-28-12: CoStar Group Report: Panama Canal Expansion Expected to Bring Rising Tide of Warehouse Investment to Nation's Seaports. Developers, investors and supply chain executives are generally bullish on port markets and confident they will be among the prime beneficiaries of global trade shifts and events such as the canal expansion.  Read more at 

News Update 7-20-12:  Hyperlogistics Staff:  The Wait Is Worth It - As the saying goes that anything worth having takes time and hard work.... the completion of the Panama Canal Expansion Project is no exception.  The projected 2014 completion date for the canal expansion is now skeptical, but politically it is important to the Panama Canal Authorities and its neighboring civilian authorities to complete the project within the 100th anniversary year of the completion of the original Panama Canal construction in 1914 by the United States.  As it looks now, the official rededication will occur in December 2014, even if some new areas are not yet completely functional.  And although various news sources are reporting a 2015 completion date, the Panamanian people continue to be upbeat and hopeful for the future.  As the recession looms in most parts of our world, Panama is forging ahead and spending billions for construction material and heavy equipment.  The U.S., along with many other countries, are reaping the rewards in huge sales that are contributing to the positive influence on our world economy.  Yes, it's worth the wait!


Press Release 6-5-12: Channel 4 News:  SAN ANTONIO- You think interstates like I-35 are busy now? Now the Texas Department of Transportation says more wheels will be soon rolling down those highways as the state becomes a bigger hub for products going in and out of the country. The reason? The Panama Canal is in the midst of expansion that will eventually bring more cargo through Texas ports.

The state is still assessing the impact that the expansion of the Panama Canal will actually have, but one thing is pretty firm. Traffic looks to be picking up the next couple of years along main thoroughfares like here along I-35. Experts say the Panama Canal, now 96 years old, opened before the Titanic was even on the drawing board and has reached it's limits. Projected to be finished by the end of 2014, expansion will allow much bigger ships to carry a lot more goods. Those extra goods likely will be rolling down interstates like 35- already handling more than 200-thousand vehicles a day between San antonio and Dallas.  Read more at

Press Release 4-24-12:  The Port of Virginia 2nd Quarter Newsletter:  Virginia Sets Deep Draft Record for Box Ship: Roma Sails Needing 48.5 Feet. The Port of Virginia set a mark on March 1 that no other port on the U.S. East Coast can equal:  it loaded a containership so heavy that it needed 48.5 feet of water to sail and then watched as it safely navigated its way to the Atlantic Ocean.  No other port on this coast can even consider handling a ship that needs 48.5 feet of water to operate," said Jerry A. Bridges, executive director of the Virginia Port Authority.  "Virginia has the deepest water on the coast and today we prooved it:  The Port of Virginia can handle the biggest ships afloat."

Press Release 2-18-12:  The New York Times - Canal Expansion Raises Expectations and Questions:  The Port of Houston Authority's Vice President for Origination, Ricky Kunz, speaks about the (expected) financial boom to hit Texas when the Panama Canal Expansion Project is completed in 2014 and expresses that conservativeness is the key to realistic predictions.  Other Houston authority figures agree that it will take decades to fully realize the potential of the new canal capacity.  Read more of this interesting article at:

News Update 1-27-12:  Panama Canal Expansion Will Have Effects on US Shipping, and Oil Won't be Spared:  At the Platts Bunker and Residual Fuel Conference in 2011, one West Coast bunker supplier said the Canal expansion would "kill the (bunker) market" in that region.  As for other oil shipments, large crude and other product cargoes could transit from Asia and deliver right to the U.S. refining center in the U.S. Gulf route.  Click on the following link to read the entire article:

Press Release 5-12-11: - The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) received six proposals from around the world for the design of the first-ever bridge on the Atlantic side of the waterway, at a public event on Tuesday in Panama.  Currently the Bridge of the Americas and the Centennial Bridge, on the Pacific side, provide the only routes for vehicles to cross the Canal.  The new bridge will be the first located near the Gatun Locks. 

Press Release 5-10-11: Panama Canal Authority Signs Partnership Agreement with Soy Transportation Coalition.  In Washington, D.C. on 5-10-11, the Panama Canal Authority and Soy Transportation Coalition signed an agreement to promote the benefits of the canal expansion.  The U.S. grain exports are a major key to the strong performance of the drybulk transits through the waterways.

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