Panama Canal Celebrates 95 Years of Safe Shipping

by OldSailor on August 18, 2009

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Panama_Canal On August 15, Panama Canal celebrated 95 years of safe shipping.

Here is part of the press release from Panama Canal Authority:

Panama City, August 14, 2009 – Tomorrow, the Panama Canal will celebrate 95 years of service as an engine of global trade and national growth. Since the steamship Ancón’s inaugural Canal passage August 15, 1914, the waterway has offered safe, reliable and efficient service to more than 983,000 transits. The Canal will reach the significant mark of one million transits next year.

“Over the past 95 years, the Canal has witnessed, and been instrumental in events that will forever shape Panama’s destiny,” said ACP Administrator/CEO Alberto Alemán Zubieta. “The Canal has been a part of the evolution of transportation as a vehicle for bringing together nations around the world. Similarly, it has contributed to various orders of human progress and scientific advancements such as engineering, dredging, hydraulics, and especially, the successful management of strategic natural resources.”

Read the full press release – 95 Years of Safe, Reliable and Efficient Service: Panama Canal Celebrates Anniversary as Engine of World Trade

View a video clip: Panama Canal Time-lapse (a time-lapse journey through the Panama Canal from the Atlantic to Pacific Ocean onboard a cruise ship)

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