Michele Labrut

Michele Labrut

Americas Correspondent, Seatrade Maritime News


Seatrade correspondent Michele Labrut has continuously covered the maritime sector of Central & Latin America since moving to Panama City in the 1980s. Author of Seatrade's annual Panama Maritime Review and of several books, Michele also writes for Time magazine and the Economist Intelligence Unit. In 2012 she was awarded the Order of Merit (Knight grade) by the French Government for her services to international journalism.

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) said on Wednesday that an arbitration tribunal has ordered Grupo Unidos Por el Canal (GUPC), the construction consortium that built the Panama Canal new locks to pay back nearly $848m to the Canal Authority.

On Monday, the Panama Canal saw the transit of its 5,000th neo-panamax vessel through the waterway, reaffirming the value and impact the route has had on global maritime trade.

Leading Mexican offshore contractor Naviera Integral has signed a contract with the Damen Shipyards Group for the delivery of a new Fast Crew Supplier vessel FCS 5009 for delivery in 2019.

The Port of Corpus Christi, Texas, will get $59m additional funding from the US Army Corps of Engineers for its channel improvement project bringing the total federal contribution to $95m.

APL has announced the extension of the West Asia Express (WAX) and West Asia Express 3 (WA3) services covered Asia and the Middle East.

Liberia has become the first ship registry to be admitted to the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) as an associate member.

Damen Shipyards Group has handed over four new Fast Crew Suppliers (FCS) 2610 to Allianz Middle East Ship Management.

The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA)’s new office at Nishi-Shinbashi in the heart of the Minato district in Tokyo was inaugurated by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Bahamas, the Honorable Peter Turnquest.

Tideworks Technology, Inc, and the  International Maritime University of Panama (UMIP), the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) of Jamaica, and Manzanillo International Terminal-Panamá, S.A. (MIT), have signed a letter of intent for academic collaboration.

APL has announced the extension of Eagle GO Guaranteed to its Asia-Latin America and North America-Latin America networks.

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