Panama: First 100 days after canal transfer pass without incident
"We are demonstrating to the world that the Panamanians can efficiently
canal," said Alberto Aleman Zubieta.
Since the handover, 3,000 ships paying tolls totaling more than $130 million
passed through the canal without incident, Aleman said.
"We are collecting an average of $1.5 million daily in tolls," an amount
before the handover, he said.
About 9,000 employees, nearly all Panamanian, work at the canal, which
inaugurated by the United States in 1914.
Aleman reiterated Sunday that one of the most important challenges facing
canal in the next few years is guaranteeing efficient passage for ever-wider
Panamanian officials are reviewing a variety of possible canal expansion
and hope to select one in the next several months, Aleman said.