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What is the Panama Canal and How Does It Work?

The Panama Canal moves ships between the Atlantic Ocean on the east side and the Pacific Ocean on the west side. However, the Canal runs northwest to southeast. To avoid confusion the directions southbound and northbound are used, which is… Continue Reading →

The 10 Best Places to Discover Wildlife in Panama

The 10 Best Places To Discover Wildlife In Panama

US Submarine in Panama Canal

On our recent transit through the Panama Canal we had a US Submarine in the adjacent chamber. Submarines are supposed to transit alone but due to the weather delays on the Canal we got lucky. It was a horrible rainy… Continue Reading →

Panama’s new cruise terminal to be state run

Panama’s cruise terminal to be state run

Hitch in transit of 500th ship using new locks

Hitch in transit of 500th ship using new locks  

Panama gets over $1 billion from Canal

Panama gets over $1 billion from Canal  

Panama Canal in list of global ‘must visit’ places

Panama Canal in top 17 must visit places

USS Zumwalt breaks down in Canal

Most expensive US destroyer breaks down in Canal

Hurricane Otto forming off Panama (Caribbean side) – November 22nd 2016

Red alert and 80 km winds for Caribbean coast

Panama Canal Transit #10 on Ceilydh

On November 6-7 2016 we transited through the Canal on the 40′ catamaran Ceilydh Here is the wonderful blog post from Diane & Evan: http://maiaaboard.blogspot.com/2016/11/were-in-pacific-man-panama-canal-transit.html And our pictures and comments are at Ceilydh

Sloth and baby on the move

This sloth was moving her baby along the fence in our garden

Lake Gatun reaches flood levels – November 3rd 2016

Lake Gatun reaches flood level

LNG carriers allowed to bunker at Canal

LNG carriers allowed to bunker at canal.

Panama Canal expansion inaugurated

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/panama-canal-expansion-inaugurated?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+newsroompanama+%28Newsroom+Panama%29

Panama Canal Simulator

http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-man-a-plan-a-mini-canal-pilots-use-toy-boats-to-practice-for-panama-1465577264

First Ship for Panama Canal Expansion

http://www.newsroompanama.com/business/panama-4/expansion-opening-star-sets-sail?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+newsroompanama+%28Newsroom+Panama%29

102 bookings for new locks

102 bookings for new canal locks

First ship for new Panama Canal locks

First ship to transit new Panama locks named

New Canal Locks Video

A video from the ACP showing a virtual tour of a Neopanamax vessel’s transit through the Expanded Canal

Panama’s Ancient Submarine

Ancient submarine found in Panama

Uber vs Taxi

Excellent description of how bad the taxis are for foreigners in Panama, and the wonders of Uber!! Hopefully they will manage to become properly legal there. Read it here  

Draft restrictions

Because of the drought caused by El Niño, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has informed shipping companies that from April 18 it will start draft restrictions for vessels transiting the waterway. This will be a reduction of six inches; it… Continue Reading →

New Locks for Panama Canal

This graphic compares the size of the new and the old Panama Canal locks. There are already ships that are too big for the new ones!

Inauguration of expanded locks set for June 26

Inauguration of expanded locks set for June 26  

Canal draft restrictions

On April 18 2016 the ships passing through the Panama Canal will only be allowed to have a draft of 11.89m/39′ (Should be 12.8m/42′). Meanwhile they are hoping to open the new Canal locks in July with new limits of… Continue Reading →

Panama Canal Transit Guide PDF Available

The first edition of the Panama Canal Transit Guide PDF was issued on 21st March 2016. You can purchase the PDF using the Paypal button located on the Transit The Canal page.

Casco Antiguo Tourist Sights PDF Available

The first edition of the Casco Antiguo tourist site PDF was issued on 16th March 2016. You can purchase the PDF using the Paypal button located on the Casco Antiguo page under the Panama Sights drop down menu. The information… Continue Reading →

Anchoring on Gatun Lake

Usually a yacht making the transit from north to south will tie up next to a mooring buoy in Gatun Lake. Currently the dredgers are busy clearing the lake entrance to the new expansion lock, so the mooring buoys are… Continue Reading →

MadAboutPanama created

MadAboutPanama was created on 8th of March 2016, as a way to explain to yachts how to transit the Panama Canal, with a view to including lots more information about Panama and the Canal.

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