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Panama Canal announces new draught restrictions

For the second time in less than 15 days the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has issued a circular to shipping with new draught restrictions effective 17 April 2020.

Under the restrictions the Maximum Authorised Draught for vessels transiting the neo-panamax locks, will be 13.56m (44.5 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW). This comes after the first announcement on 5 March.

Vessels arriving after 17 April 2020, with draughts over 13.56 m (44.5 feet) TFW may be allowed to transit, depending on the actual level of Gatun Lake at the time of transit. Otherwise, they will be required to trim or off-load cargo in order to transit. Draught adjustments will continue to be announced with at least four weeks of advanced notice.

The ACP will continue to monitor the level of Gatun Lake in order to announce future draft adjustments in a timely manner. There is no draught adjustment for the panamax locks, which is 39.5 ft.


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