December 1, 1989 |
President Bush, trying to tighten the economic screws on Panama's Gen. Manuel A. Noriega "and his puppet regime," Thursday banned Panamanian-flag vessels from entering U.S. ports after Jan. 31. "This ban is consistent with international efforts to further isolate the Noriega regime, which is currently shunned by the democratic nations of Latin America and around the world," the White House said in a statement.
February 1, 1990 |
A U.S. Coast Guard cutter blasted away at a suspected drug-smuggling ship with 130 rounds of cannon fire and 600 rounds of machine-gun fire for more than two hours Wednesday, but the Panamanian freighter with a Cuban crew managed to continue on course and escape into Mexican waters. The prolonged assault, the most extensive on a foreign vessel in the U.S.
December 19, 1989 |
The U.S. ban on Panamanian-registered ships in U.S. ports has set off what one shipping specialist calls "a feeding frenzy" in flag-of-convenience countries such as this small island nation that are anxious to pick up the registrations that Panama loses. "Everybody's pushing, and their tactics are very aggressive," said Lawrence I. Brown, a Greenwich, Conn., attorney who specializes in ship registrations for Liberia and the tiny Pacific island nation of Vanuatu.
September 3, 1996 |
The Panama Canal has served east-west shipping through the Americas for more than 80 years, but now a growing list of other countries from the region want in on the act. Four countries--Mexico, Colombia, Honduras and Nicaragua--all say they have plans to compete alongside the historic Panama Canal, each jockeying to be first or risk losing out on the potentially lucrative sweepstakes.
March 16, 1994 |
Two Cubans fleeing their island's economic troubles jumped ship at the Panama Canal on Tuesday and were granted temporary refugee status by the Panamanian government, authorities said. The men were on a boat taking sugar from Cuba to North Korea. "They said they wanted to escape the economic crisis in Cuba," said Jose Javier Mulino, director of the government's organization for the care of refugees.
July 8, 1989 |
With the permission of the Panamanian government in exile, federal agents stopped a ship from Panama City and confiscated 3,359 pounds of cocaine, one of the largest seizures in U.S. history, authorities said Friday. Adm. Paul A. Yost, Coast Guard commandant, flew here from Washington for a news conference on the seizure, which he called special because the street value of the confiscated cocaine could have reached nearly $1 billion.