Sunbelt Spirit Installs Dual ECDIS Offshore Systems Ltd. is pleased to announced the installation of a dual ECPINS 5000 system on the M/V Sunbelt Spirit, a combined vehicle and refrigerated cargo carrier that mainly trades between Japan and the United States. Offshore Systems' ECPINS 5000 is an IMO approved ECDIS equipped with rich features, including Radar Image Overlay which improves situational awareness. The installation was performed en route Newark (NJ) - Port Canaveral (FL) by Offshore Systems distributor, Polaris Electronics A/S of Denmark. The M/V Sunbelt Spirit is managed by FairfieldMaxwell Services Ltd. (FMSL), New Jersey, USA. FMSL has extensive experience with a broad range of ships including crude and product tankers, reefers, multipurpose RoRos, general cargo carriers, chemical carriers and car carriers. rijos has proposed a new $600 million "mega-port" on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal. Construction of two new locks, beginning this year, will enable post-Panamax size ships (those wider than 106 ft.), with maximum container capacities of 12,000 TEUs (20-ft. equivalent units), to pass through the canal. That is about three times the canal's current ship capacity. Prior to becoming Panama's chief executive, President Torrijos received a bachelor of arts in economics and political science from Texas A&M University. He then went on to serve as Panama's Vice Minister of Government for four consecutive years, which earned him recognition from the United Nations and the government of Spain. In 1999, he was elected leader of his political party (the largest in Panama), which led to his appointment as a candidate for the presidency of the Republic of Panama in 2004. AAPA has invited President Torrijos to accept the Port Person honor during the association's 2007 Annual Convention in Norfolk, Va., which runs Sept. 30-Oct. 4. 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Panama President Wins Port Person of the Year At its annual Spring Conference, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) announced the selection of Panama President Martin Torrijos as the association's "Port Person of the Year" for his leadership in promoting maritime commerce. Specifically, President Torrijos is being honored for his efforts to spearhead the $5.5 billion project to expand the 92-year-old Panama Canal, and to promote continued development of Panama's seaports. To complement the Panama Canal's expansion, President Tor- April, 2007 · MarineNews · 41
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