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Old 19-06-2013, 04:45   #1
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Crossing Panama Canal, cost.....

Buenas Noches:

Muchas Gracias por su contacto. Paso a cotizarle el cruce por el Canal de Panamá:

A). Panamá Canal Toll. 800.00 USD.
B). In Transit Vessel Inspection Fee. 54.00 USD.
C). In Transit Vessel Security Charge. 130.00 USD.
D). Panamá Canal Buffer. 850.00 USD
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TOTAL 1834.00 USD.
D). Agent´s Fees. 500.00 USD.
E). Lines Rental. 100.00 USD.
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TOTAL 2434.00 USD.

Hay otros cargos por llegada a Panamá como Migración, Capitanía de Puertos, Aduanas, etc pero dependerá de la estadía del yate en aguas panameñas.

Para cruzar el Canal se requiere de 5 personas. Aceptamos efectivo y tarjetas de crédito como pago ( VISA y MASTERCARD ).

Muchas Gracias por su contacto y quedo a la disposición por si requiere de nuestros servicios.

Atentamente,


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This is the quote I received from an agent to cross the Canal of Panama (FYI). Can anyone explain me what is the Canal Buffer cost?

Does someone else have another agents mail, so to ask for another quote?

Tks and good wind
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Old 19-06-2013, 05:03   #2
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Re: Crossing Panama Canal, cost.....

This is the deposit you put down in case you break their Canal (or fail to show up for your Advisor, or require a tow out of a lock...). You get this back after you transit. It can be direct deposited back to your bank in about 10 days or so. If the agent is a registered agent, then you do not normally need to pay the deposit. It is one of the advantages of using an agent. FYI, you don't need agent. You can do all the sign up yourself. The ACP office workers all speak good English and are helpful. Also, an agent does not get any better scheduling position.
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Re: Crossing Panama Canal, cost.....

You might wish to read through a previous thread

Panama Canal Transit

and pay particular attention to
Impi: Panama - Shelter Bay Marina, Agents, Costs for transiting the canal etc.
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If Hong Kong and Nicaragua make this work, maybe we can see some competitive prices in the future.
Assembly approves massive Nicaragua canal project
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If Hong Kong and Nicaragua make this work, maybe we can see some competitive prices in the future.
Assembly approves massive Nicaragua canal project
Yacht, i.e. hand-line, prices are already competitive. I can't imagine a better deal. Don't hold your breath on the Nicaragua canal.
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Yacht, i.e. hand-line, prices are already competitive. I can't imagine a better deal. Don't hold your breath on the Nicaragua canal.
Likely right on all counts. If it did come to fruition the wait times might decrease. At least until the post- Panamax ships start lining up
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Be interesting to see if the 'Second Lane' the Panamanians are building will make much difference.. if I'm still around when it opens..
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Be interesting to see if the 'Second Lane' the Panamanians are building will make much difference.. if I'm still around when it opens..
Actually they already have two sets of locks, They're two years into building a third set. Fully funded by a bond approved by the citizens of Panama
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If Hong Kong and Nicaragua make this work, maybe we can see some competitive prices in the future.
Assembly approves massive Nicaragua canal project
There are a few pesky details:

It will be 134 miles compared to 42 miles in Panama.

Being north of Costa Rico they're out of the rain zone, which will require sea water to operate the canal.

The height of the mountain range is a factor

The canal will cross an earthquake fault line.

They will introduce salt water into the freshwater Lake Nicaragua which will kill the only freshwater sharks in the entire world.
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Re: Crossing Panama Canal, cost.....

It looks as if fresh water sharks can live in salt water also. So perhaps that will not be a big problem.
Sad to say I don't think I will live long enough to see this project finished.
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