Maersk adjusts services amid Panama Canal water woes

Maersk adjusts services amid Panama Canal water woes

A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) has announced changes to its services due to the ongoing water situation in the Panama Canal.

Maersk reported that the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has had to reduce the number and weight of vessels that may sail through the canal as a result of the current and projected water levels in Gatun Lake.

While Maersk noted that it would continue to work closely with the ACP to alter and align its systems to match the changes, it has implemented service enhancements to minimise the impact on Maersk clients.

READ: Panama Canal water woes set to continue into 2024, experts predict

The shipping giant is amending its OC1 service, which operates between Oceania and the Americas.

The vessels that previously used the Panama Canal will now use a ‘land bridge’ that utilises rail to move freight over Panama’s 80-kilometre length to the other side.

This creates two separate loops, one Atlantic and one Pacific. Pacific vessels will turn at Balboa, Panama, dropping off cargo heading for Latin America and North America and picking up cargo heading for Australia and New Zealand.

READ: Maersk to deploy methanol-capable vessel on Asia-Europe route

Atlantic vessels will turn at Manzanillo, Panama, dropping off cargo heading for Australia and New Zealand and picking up cargo heading for Latin and North America.

Maersk further disclosed the routes on vessels travelling northbound, southbound and also discussed the vessels omitted on its OC1 route.

This month, Maersk announced that it will pause all vessels bound for the Red Sea / Gulf of Aden in light of the recent incident involving Maersk Hangzhou and ongoing developments in the area.

Daily Email Newsletter

Sign up to our daily email newsletter to receive the latest news from Port Technology International.

Supplier Directory

Find out how to get listed

Webinar Series

Find out how to attend

Latest Stories

Cookie Policy. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.