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Old 26-04-2012, 07:15   #1
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panama canal fees to rise

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Toll Increase for Panama Canal Announced
Posted on April 25, 2012 by sarah
This is not great news for many cruisers, but be sure to take it into account if you have plans to head through the Panama Canal after July 1.

The board of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has approved a toll increase of 15% in two years on seven types of large ships and from 60% to 113% for small vessels passing through the Panama Canal as of July 1. The proposed change approved last Wednesday also increases tolls on eight to eleven distinct types of ships passing through the waterway, which “seeks to approximate the amount of toll to the value offered by the interoceanic route to their users,” detailed the ACP in a statement.

The segments will be defined as: container, general cargo, container / bulk cargo, refrigerated cargo, bulk dry, tankers, gas carriers, car carriers, ro-ro and passenger and others. Those with recorded increases of 15% (7.5% in 2012 and the same percentage in 2013) are general cargo, containers/breakbulk, bulk dry, tankers, chemical tankers and others (those not covered by any of categories). Car carriers and ro-ro (roll-on/roll off, equipped with ramps) will increase by only 1.6 to 1.7% in the toll from July 1, said the statement of the proposal. The rate for each segment is calculated on a table that gives a price for the first 10,000 tons, one for the next 10,000 and a third rate for the rest.

For smaller vessels, which have suffered an increase since 1998, proposed increases in four price levels on the basis of the length of the vessel, ranging between 60% and 113%, so the new tolls would be $500 to $800 dollars for smaller boats (50-feet) and $1,500 to $3,200 to the largest (100-feet).

Furthermore, the rate per ton of displacement, now $3.02, also will increase 15.5% to $3.25 as of July 1, and to $3.49 in the the same month next year.

About the increases, the ACP administrator Alberto Aleman, said the proposal brings the tolls closer to the value and quality advantages offered by the route through the Panama Canal, while maintaining the competitiveness of the route.

“The ACP reaffirms its interest in maintaining a dialogue with the industry to enable us to structure a system of tolls according to the needs of our users which results in benefits for themselves and for Panama,” Aleman said.

For the complete story, go to Panama Guide - Thousands of Articles in English.
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Old 26-04-2012, 07:51   #2
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Awesome We will be there next year enjoying the added cost. More beans and rice for this cruiser!
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Thank You Jimmy Carter.....Thank you sooooo much.
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what a great job jimmy carter did - he is probably really proud - one of these days someone will figure out that it is not worth it anymore to go thur the canal and panama will go backwards once again -
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Awesome We will be there next year enjoying the added cost. More beans and rice for this cruiser!
You get beans AND rice ?

LUXURY !

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what a great job jimmy carter did - he is probably really proud - one of these days someone will figure out that it is not worth it anymore to go thur the canal and panama will go backwards once again -
a monopoly does not last forever

Way too young to know what you are talking about

Google helped.
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Interesting...I toured the canal museum a couple of years ago, you have to look hard to find any mention that the US was ever involved!
Yeah, thanks, Jimmy
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Sure the french built it, didn't they
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THX!

I wonder why they never bother to ask: how can we make the transit easier/nicer/better value for you guys in small stinkers.

I understand prices go up but the level of disrespect shown by their administration to cruising sailors is really typical disappointing.

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What bothers me is that the money they make from cruisers is nothing compared to what they get for a big ship. I would not be surprised if all the money they make from from all the cruisers that transit the canal in a year is less then ten percent of what they get for a single big ship transit. Since cruisers always transit with a big ship why are cruisers even charged lock fees?

Some years ago, someone was looking at providing a trucking services for cruisers across Panama. It was suppose to be quicker and cheaper then the canal transit. Of course nothing ever came of such a competitive idea.

If they keep upping the cost soon it might even be cheaper to truck a boat between Texas and California. I wonder what the current costs are?

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Yep. Exactly.

How much would it cost to truck a boat Tex to Cal?

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Gee if you can't afford the cost of the transit, you can always use a different route!! There are a couple of horns ya can use if ya don't want to eat beans and rice !! Just a thought !!
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The french started it...The US picked it up around 1904 and finished it. They paid Columbia 10 million for the right to do it but never owned it. Panama became a country later I believe. There was alway tension between the US and Panama which resulted in many clashes. One such clash killed a few dozen Panamanians a 3 US soldiers. As far as Carter...Remember...we didn't own it and we didn't own Panama.
Personally, I own a 35 ft. boat. So it's $500 for me...Big deal! That's a monthly booze bill for most cruisers and in Mexico. You can pay $1000 a month in a Marina. Get over it! How many times are you going to go through?...Twice at most. Don't worry about beans and rice. Just stop drinking for month and you'll be fine.
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(...) Personally, I own a 35 ft. boat. So it's $500 for me...Big deal! (...)
Somehow we paid something like 600 back in 2004 ... PLUS the bond, plus the cruising permit, plus visas, plus ... And all this without hiring an agent, linehandlers, etc..

Have you ever transited indeed? If you say the transit is dirt cheap then go ahead and pay ours!

Really.

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Gee if you can't afford the cost of the transit, you can always use a different route!! There are a couple of horns ya can use if ya don't want to eat beans and rice !! Just a thought !!
Yes! That is the current plan!

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