Highest fee paid for transit: On May 16, 2008, the luxurious passenger vessel Disney Magic paid US$331,200.
Lowest fee paid for transit: In 1928, Richard Halliburton paid 36 cents when he swam through the Canal.
In FY2012, the total cargo transported through the Canal originating in Japan was 5,163,985 long tons, cargo destined for Japan was 16,806,247 long tons. The total weight of Japanese cargo transiting the Canal was 21,970,232 tons. Said figure represents more than 22.51 percent of the total commercial cargo of the Canal transit.
According to the Panama Canal Authority (ACP, in Spanish), during 2012 Japan transported the fourth highest volume of cargo through the Canal, after the United States, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Chile.
In FY2012, the total revenues was US$1,852,400. The average time it takes a vessel to navigate the Canal is 25.66 hours.
Effective January 1st , 2005, the Panama Canal Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan Requirements (PCSOPEP) was implemented. The PCSOPEP seeks to set emergency preparedness strategies in place for Panamanian waters. It will also aid the ACP in maximizing efficiency while lowering the risk of spills and emergencies by safeguarding life, reducing the impact on the environment, and ensuring the continuous operation of the Canal.
Mr. Akira Aoyama, a Japanese hydraulic engineer, participated in the construction of the Panama Canal from 1904 through 1911. Upon returning to Japan he made a great contribution to Tokyo by canalizing the Arakawa River, therefore containing the frequent flooding problems, by applying technology learned during his experience in Panama. Flood control consequently led to industrial development of the previously inundated surrounding areas.
As a matter of fact, the Arakawa Water Museum (Tokyo) is sister museum of the Interoceanic Panama Canal Museum.