• Awards Bestowed to ACP Administrator and Canal Center for Research and Development

PANAMA CITY, Panama, September 9, 2009 – In honor of his bold and visionary leadership, Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Administrator/CEO Alberto Alemán Zubieta received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Lloyd’s List – a leading daily newspaper for the shipping community. Presented at the publication’s Global Awards ceremony in London Tuesday night, the award is given on an annual basis to an individual who has dedicated his or her life’s work to furthering the development of the maritime industry.

“I am very honored to receive this recognition from Lloyd’s List, one of the industry’s most respected publications,” said Mr. Alemán Zubieta. “Everyone at the ACP works hard to ensure that the Panama Canal provides safe, reliable and efficient service and I accept this award on behalf of the entire organization.”

The ACP’s Center for Simulation, Research and Maritime Development (SIDMAR) also received the Lloyd’s List “Training Award” for its leadership in elevating the quality of maritime education and training. For more than 20 years, SIDMAR has been responsible for the training of all Canal operations personnel including ACP pilots, tugboat captains, seamen and launch operators. SIDMAR also provides ongoing supplemental training to the Canal’s staff and coordinates education programs for private and public naval schools in Panama.

Lloyd’s List is one of the world’s oldest newspapers covering marine insurance, offshore energy, logistics, global trade and law. Held annually, the Global Awards recognizes the elite of the shipping community for business performance, commitment and initiative. Winners are selected from a comprehensive list of categories and decided upon by a panel of judges and advisory panel.

About the Panama Canal Authority (ACP)
The ACP is the autonomous agency of the Government of Panama in charge of managing, operating and maintaining the Panama Canal. The operation of the ACP is based on its organic law and the regulations approved by its Board of Directors. For more information, please refer to the ACP’s Web site: http://www.pancanal.com/.