Panama City, 15 August 2001.– Today, on the Canal’s 87th anniversary, the Panama Canal Authority is proud to announce the debut of its “Virtual Newsroom”, which will offer web surfers first-hand information about the waterway. The Canal website can be found at

Interviews with Canal officials, press releases, frequently asked questions, electronic publications, and a selection of downloadable current and historic photographs are among the sections web surfers can access in the Virtual Newsroom.

This new part of the Canal’s web site will be continuously improved and updated to meet the information needs submitted by its users, and will also include new segments currently under construction. Additionally, journalists will soon be able to register at the site to automatically receive updated material on the Canal. Journalists wishing to receive email updates and news from the Canal can also send an email to