Monday, September 26, 2011

Ever Reward Container Cargo Ship

Here we see the huge container cargo ship Ever Reward from Evergreen in the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal in her north bound Canal Transit.

Container Cargo Ship

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Ella Claire Cargo Ship - Canal Tolls

Here we see the Ella Claire cargo ship registered in Panama in her North Bound Panama Canal transit.

Ella Claire Cargo Ship

From Wikipedia: Tolls for the canal are decided by the Panama Canal Authority and are based on vessel type, size, and the type of cargo carried.

For container ships, the toll is assessed per the ship's capacity expressed in twenty-foot equivalent units or TEUs. One TEU is the size of a container measuring 20 feet (6.1 m) by 8 feet (2.44 m) by 8.5 feet (2.6 m). Effective May 1, 2009, this toll is US$72.00 per TEU. A Panamax container ship may carry up to 4,400 TEU. The toll is calculated differently for passenger ships and for container ships carrying no cargo (“in ballast”). As of May 1, 2009, the ballast rate is US$57.60 per TEU.

Passenger vessels in excess of 30,000 tons (PC/UMS), known popularly as cruise ships, pay a rate based on the number of berths, that is, the number of passengers that can be accommodated in permanent beds. The per-berth charge is currently $92 for unoccupied berths and $115 for occupied berths. Started in 2007, this charge has greatly increased tolls for such vessels. Passenger vessels of less than 30,000 tons or with less than 33 tons per passenger are charged on the same "per-ton" schedule as freighters.

Most other types of vessel pay a toll per PC/UMS net ton, in which one "ton" is actually a volume of 100 cubic feet (2.83 m3). (The calculation of tonnage for commercial vessels is quite complex.) As of fiscal year 2008, this toll is US$3.90 per ton for the first 10,000 tons, US$3.19 per ton for the next 10,000 tons, and US$3.82 per ton for the next 10,000 tons, and US$3.76 per ton thereafter. As with container ships, a reduced toll is charged for freight ships "in ballast".

Cargo Ship in the Miraflores Locks

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Regatta Cruise Ship Panama Canal

Regatta Cruise Ship

Here we see the Regatta Cruise Ship this morning September 21 2011 in the Miraflores Locks in her North Bound Panama Canal transit. The Regatta Cruise ship pays over 140000 US Dollars for her transit from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. You can also download this cruise ship image for free as computer desktop wallpaper here.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Veendam Cruise Ship Panama Canal Transit Time-lapse Video

From Youtube: Veendam Chief Officer Jochem Bakker has made another time-lapse video of the ship transiting the Panama Canal. He managed to tape the entire transit, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, which takes most of a day in real time.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tug Boats Spraying Water In The Panama Canal

Tug Boats Spraying Water In The Panama Canal in the area of Gamboa.
Tug Boats Spraying Water In The Panama Canal

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Crystal Symphony Cruise Ship

The Crystal Symphony Cruise Ship

The Crystal Symphony Cruise Ship

Here we see the The luxurious 50,000-ton, 940-guest Six-Star Crystal Symphony cruise ship on her north bound Panama Canal transit, once in the miraflores Locks and once around the area of Gamboa.

The Crystal Symphony

Guest Capacity 940
Total Crew: 545
Length 781 ft. (238.0 m)