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2009-11-19 14:35:00

SEATTLE, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Among the nine 2009 Readers' Choice Awards that Holland America Line has received from Porthole Cruise Magazine are five that recognize the line's varied and port-intensive cruise itineraries. Readers of Porthole conferred awards for Best Central America/Panama Canal, Best Northern Europe, Best Alaska, Best Australia/New Zealand Itineraries and Best Private Island for Half Moon Cay, the line's exclusive Bahamian port call that appears on most Caribbean...

2009-11-04 15:58:00

SEATTLE, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Holland America Line's ms Amsterdam and the line's Elegant Explorer, ms Prinsendam, will each sail two spectacular Grand Voyages in 2011. When combined, the four extensive itineraries feature a total of 308 cruising days, 121 ports of call and 65 countries. Built for world cruising, Amsterdam will sail a 110-day Grand World Voyage in January and a 70-day Grand Asia & Australia Voyage in the fall. Simultaneously, ms Prinsendam will sail a 66-day Grand...

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2009-10-05 13:50:45

A high-speed chase across the Panama Canal in a Boston Whaler may sound like the beginning of another James Bond film"”but the protagonist of this story brandishes a butterfly net and studies the effects of climate change on insect migrations at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. "Our long-term study shows that El Niño, a global climate pattern, drives Sulfur butterfly migrations," said Robert Srygley, former Smithsonian post doctoral fellow who is now a...

2009-09-18 08:25:00

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- L.B. Foster Company (Nasdaq: FSTR) of Pittsburgh, PA has been awarded a $20.5 million contract to supply Gerdau Ameristeel sheet piling to the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) for use in the construction of the Panama Canal Expansion. The successful bidder for the PAC-4 contract opening later this year will install the piling for the excavation of the Pacific Access Channel and the construction of the Borinquen Dam. Gerdau Ameristeel's PS 31 flat...

2009-09-11 14:51:00

PANAMA CITY, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 4,500 personnel from 20 countries began a 12-day exercise here Friday to train in a joint, multinational effort to ensure the security of the Panama Canal. U.S. and Panamanian officials held a formal opening ceremony Friday for Fuerzas Aliadas (Allied Forces) PANAMAX 2009, co-sponsored by U.S. Southern Command and the Government of Panama, in Panama City, Panama. Representatives of the 20 participating nations joined Jose Raul Mulino,...

2009-07-28 18:42:00

SEATTLE, July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Holland America Line's flagship ms Amsterdam will usher in 2010 with a 128-day round-trip Los Angeles, Grand Holiday-and-World Voyage featuring 13 overnight calls -- the most ever offered by the line. Forty-five ports of call showcase some of the world's most remote and exotic regions including South America, Africa, India the Far East and scenic cruising in Antarctica. An optional 14-day holiday cruise, when combined with the 114-day Grand World Voyage,...

2009-07-08 12:35:00

PANAMA CITY, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- After months of rigorous technical review, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) today determined the "best value" proposal for the new set of locks expansion contract. Consortium Grupo Unidos por el Canal composed of Sacyr Vallehermoso S.A., Impregilo S.p.A., Jan De Nul n.v. and Constructora Urbana, S.A. garnered the highest total points for its combined technical and price scores. Three world-renowned consortia competed to win the largest and most important...

2009-06-08 11:41:14

U.S. paleontologists have discovered a set of fossil teeth in the Panama Canal earthworks that belonged to a horse living 15 to 18 million years ago. Aldo Rincon, a paleontology intern at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, unearthed the set of fossil teeth that Bruce MacFadden, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, described as being from Anchitherium clarencei, a three-toed browsing horse. Expanding the Panama Canal to make way for super-sized...

2009-06-01 15:49:48

A $5.25 billion expansion of the Panama Canal is on time and on target for completion in five years, the head of the canal's supervisory authority says. We are very much on time and on target, Panama Canal Authority chief Alberto Aleman said concerning the project that will allow super-sized tankers to traverse the Central American isthmus between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. The projec is expected to be completed in 2014. When it is done, there will...

2009-05-21 09:00:00

Caterpillar CEO Jim Owens tells Senate Finance Committee the agreement will increase exports to Panama WASHINGTON, May 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Owens testified on Thursday, May 21, before the United States Senate Finance Committee in support of passage of a Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) between the United States and Panama. "Time and time again, we have seen the benefits of expanding our opportunities for trade,"...