Panama Canal draught reduction postponed for second time

Recent rainfall in the Panama Canal watershed during the past week has allowed the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) to postpone the effective date of the sixth draught reduction until 19 June.

As a result the maximum authorised draught of 13.11m (43.0 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW) for vessels transiting the neo-panamax locks and 11.73m (38.5 feet) TFW for vessels transiting the Panamax locks will become effective 19 June 2019 instead of 12 June 2019. 

 The maximum authorised draught allowed of 13.41m (44.0 feet) TFW for vessels transiting the neo-panamax locks and 12.04m (39.5 feet) TFW for vessels transiting the panamax locks will remain in effect until 18 June 2019. 

 “We will continue to monitor the level of Gatun Lake (which supplies fresh water for the locks) and announce future draught adjustment in a timely manner,” said the ACP. 

Nearly five months without rain have resulted in a series of draught reductions for the key waterway.

Posted 11 June 2019

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Michele Labrut

Americas Correspondent, Seatrade Maritime News

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