The Panama Canal was constructed in the beginning of the XX century, connecting the Atlantic with the Pacific Oceans. The first journey through was conducted in 1914. Although it is not an easy one, roughly 14,000 ships yearly transit through the canal today.
If you have chosen to transit your own private yacht through the Panama Canal, there are some important things not to be neglected before embarking on the journey. The most significant matters shall become time and expenses, as traveling through a system of locks might come out really time-consuming, expensive and stressful. Still, the transition might become a unique adventure and even the most epic story to be told for the rest of your life. Here are some details to think over, before you decide upon a journey.
In terms of time limits, the journey through Panama Canal solely might last up to eight to nine hours. An intricate system of locks should be passed on your way through, guiding your private sailboat from one ocean to another.
Prior to that, there is obligatory paperwork to be done, along with the vessel screening (to make sure your boat complies with size regulations etc.). That is why you have to consider in advance the time your boat will be docked at either the Pacific side marina or Caribbean side marina to await your turn before transit. Average waiting time varies, but be prepared that it normally takes several days at least.
As to the paperwork, The Panama Canal Authorities demand an advance notification of 96 hours to accommodate the arrival for vessels desiring to transit the Panama Canal. If you are planning on transiting the canal without hiring an agent, you will need to call to the Admeasurer’s office (English is spoken by all canal officials) to arrange a time and location for your boat’s measurement. You have to go through measurement and payment first, before entering the ACP system to get a transit date assigned, as it cannot be reserved in advance.
If dealing with documentation yourself, you need to fill in a form stating where you are and when you would like to get measured. Then, an official Ad measurer will come out, to measure your yacht according to canal regulations. Once the process is completed, you will receive a form to be proceeded to a bank for an official deposit. Once you are measured and your money is deposited, you will call the official schedulers office and make an appointment for transit. Again, be prepared that paperwork might take from three to seven days.
Money wise, the price to pay for closing the Canal naturally varies depending on the size of your yacht. For small vessels of up to 15 metres LOA, the price makes around $1,875; for larger ones of up to 30 metres LOA it makes around $ 4,275, etc. Furthermore, you should consider extra transit fees including long lines, car tires and making sure you have line handlers on board.
Finally, depending on your appointment time and your port of entry you can expect to depart in the afternoon, around 1pm or 2pm. You will be assigned an official advisor from the Panama Authority to join you on-board, provided everything is going as planned. Thus, you need to provide hot meal and drinking water for your advisor. He or she will serve as your sailing mentor, attempting to get you through the canal as quickly and efficiently as possible. Still, you might end up having to stay the night for some unforeseen reason. In that case, expect to pay up to $500 dollars extra to dock.
On your journey, You will go through a series of locks (12 in total) composing is a system of levels that lift a ship up 85 feet to the main elevation of the Panama Canal and back down. Each lock is around 300-metre long and can be filled and emptied in 10 minutes. Once you have transited through all of them, you can continue on to either the Pacific or Caribbean side ocean.
All in all, if you decide to cross a Chanel on a private vessel, below are some tips for a smoother canal transit (Yachting World):
• Start researching information in advance, at least 3 months ahead, for comfortable preparation.
•It is better to keep the yacht’s decks clear. Move or stow items to keep the area around bow and stern cleats as clear as possible.
• Ensure all fairleads are fair to start. Re-leading takes time you may not have if currents start spinning the raft.
• Stern lines took the most load. Consider running them to a cockpit winch with the stern cleat as a guide to provide better control and mechanical advantage.
• Prep line handlers well. Hold a crew meeting. Make sure they understand how critical it is to be alert: they should not expect to use a GoPro or post on social media during transit.
• Repeat instructions from the adviser. It confirms you have heard and are responding to the action called for. It may serve to clarify the adviser’s intentions when issuing rapid instructions.
• Engage your adviser. Talk through manoeuvres in advance, asking for clarification on next steps and understanding actions they will want you to take before they need to happen.
The 30th edition of the Monaco Yacht Show (MYS) will take place from Wednesday 23 to Saturday 26 September 2020 at Port Hercule in Monaco.The organisers are fully aware of the strategic importance of the MYS to the companies that participate each year – for growing their business, sales and marketing.The Monaco Yacht Show 2020 will probably be one of the first opportunities this year to bring together the yachting industry and meet private customers to discuss current and future market trends and share a true superyachting experience that only a visit to a salon can offer.The MYS offers the perfect setting for establishing direct relations based on trust. Future buyers can visit several yachts all in one day, compare them, meet the designers, and discuss with brokers and shipyards. Such a totally immersive experience is as essential as it can be decisive when considering the purchase or construction of a superyacht.MYS is keeping a close eye on how the pandemic is evolving, hoping there will be a healthier and more stable situation around the globe in the coming months.Also, the MYS, we will implement directives issued by the government of Monaco and the World Health Organisation (WHO) that reflect how the pandemic has evolved by September 2020.
May 25, 2020
Ulstein Verft delivered 88.5-metre Espen Øino-designed explorer yacht Olivia O after reconstruction. Planning and engineering work began on the boat in November 2016. The project’s hull and superstructure were constructed in Croatia by the Brodosplit.Though Oliva O is Ulstein’s first private superyacht project, well-known superyacht designer Espen Oeino brings valuable experience.Designed and built by Ulstein Verft - a yard better known for commercial vessels, ferries and workboats, Olivia O is characterised by a striking reverse bow and explorer profile.Olivia O can sleep up to 20 in eight cabins, including Pullman bunks while crew accommodation is for 30 people.
May 25, 2020
On 8 May 2020 Ulstein has delivered the first two platform supply vessels of the Ulstein px121 design built at SWS, China, the 'Guo Hai Min Xing' and the 'Guo Hai Min Sheng'. They are operating for COSL – China Oilfield Services Limited, for whom they have a long-term charter.Two more vessels of the same design at SWS (Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.), have completed their sea trial and will also be delivered to COSL shortly, according to schedule. Owner of all four vessels is Sinoocean.Guo Hai Min Xing (originally Crest Andromeda 2), a Ulstein px121 design. A FireFighting Offshore Support Vessel.Guo Hai Min Sheng (originally Crest Andromeda 1), Ulstein px121 designed offshore supply ship. Meets clients’ operational expectations in terms of deck space, capacities, speed, position holding capabilities and fuel efficiency.The Ulstein px121 is a flexible platform supply vessel design featuring the X-BOW hull line design for smoother motions in head seas. A platform supply vessel of this design has a competitive combination of fuel-efficiency and cargo capacities/deadweight. This translates to a performance level that is usually expected from larger PSVs, but at a medium-sized PSV cost - delivering excellent value-for-money for the owner and operator.
May 22, 2020
Echo Yachts reveals 50m Project Echo catamaran design. This is the latest design collaboration between Bannenberg & Rowell Design in London, their Australian custom superyacht build team at Echo Yachts in Perth and Incat Crowther in Sydney.The aluminium catamaran is described as “similar” in design to the FRP composite catamaran Charley, delivered by the yard in 2017.New Yacht Support Vessel can accommodate up to 20 guests and 17 crew, also it has entertainment areas and a selection of tenders and toys including specialist scuba diving facilities and dive store, onboard hyperbaric chamber and a helicopter pad.According to company's sales and marketing manager, Chris Blackwell, “Added to the excitement of this new vessel we are really pleased it fits in nicely with Echo’s ongoing commitment to creating world-class ‘eco-efficient’ vessels here in Western Australia. No matter where in the world our clients may be, they are able to easily see and engage in the design and build of their new vessel using the same online video meetings, CCTV video feeds, plus photo and video reports we have been providing our clients with since 2015."
May 22, 2020
Ferretti Yachts 500 is the result of the collaboration between the Product Strategy Committee headed by Ing. Piero Ferrari, the Ferretti Group Engineering Department, architect Filippo Salvetti for the exteriors and design studio Ideaeitalia for the new interior design concept.The exteriors have the aerodynamic design and the sleek, streamlined shapes. The stern features a soft and sporty design, with new solutions and generous spaces, while the profile of the hull proposes an enhancement of the windows, characterised by wide, modern shapes.According to Filippo Salvetti, the exterior design architect, “The design of the new Ferretti Yachts 500 highlights an overall dynamism thanks to new and innovative stylistic features of the superstructure. A natural heir to the Ferretti Yachts 720, it reinterprets the new styles of the range in a very personal way. It proposes a layout based on a design centred on people and their life on board, a typical approach of the Ferretti DNA. The two different moods of decor by Ideaeitalia studio perfectly reflect the Just Like Home philosophy and are able to satisfy the tastes of every customer”.Ferretti Yachts 500 reveals two types of the interior: Classic, with its warm tones and Contemporary, inspired by Mediterranean colours.The Classic mood is dominated by dark oak, combined with glossy and matte lacquers in shades of black and white. The main deck features a spacious lounge area, with two large sofas and a coffee table that can be transformed into a dining table.Key features of the yacht is the stern swimming platform. When the platform is submerged, steps are revealed for totally safe access to the sea, and the convenience of the latest-generation optional lift system makes it suitable for the whole family. Ferretti Yachts 500 installs twin Cummins QSB 6.7 engines delivering 550 mhp, for a top speed of 30 knots and a cruising speed of 25 knots (preliminary data). The new yacht will also be equipped with optional gyroscopic stabilisation to guarantee the maximum stability at anchor and during navigation.
May 22, 2020