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Live From Posidonia 2016
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Panama Canal ends draught restrictions

The Panama Canal has ended draught restrictions on vessels that were caused by the El Nino effect.

Draught restrictions had been imposed on panamax vessels transiting the existing canal in recent months due to a lack of rainfall reducing water levels.

“We’re back to normal level of waters, yesterday we got enough rains and for the draught levels,” Panama Canal Administrator Jorge Quijano told Seatrade Maritime News at Posidonia 2016.

The draught levels for panamaxes on the existing locks are 39.5 feet, while for the new, larger locks due to open on 26 June it will be 43 feet.

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