Panama Canal increases draft and daily transits

Panama Canal increases draft and daily transits

The Panama Canal has announced that it will increase daily transits from 32 to 33, commencing 11 July.

Furthermore, starting on 22 July, this number will rise to 34, reflecting the present and predicted levels of Gatun Lake in the future weeks, as well as the arrival of the rainy season in the Panama Canal Watershed.

With these gradual increases, the Canal will have added two transits to the present timetable by 22 July: one to the Panamax locks (bringing the daily transit total to 25) and one to the Neopanamax locks (bringing the daily transit total to 9).

READ: Panama Canal increases daily slots at Panamax Locks

Furthermore, an increase in draft from 45 to 46 feet was announced, beginning 15 June.

The Panama Canal noted that it continues to monitor weather conditions daily to take appropriate operational action in the event of increasing rainfall in its watershed.

In May, the Panama Canal issued an advisory to shipping lines, increasing the maximum authorised draft to 45 feet.

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