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Panama Canal increases maximum draught for neo-panamax locks

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has announced an increase of the maximum authorised draught for neo-panamax vessels transiting the Panama Canal to 14.33 m (47 ft) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW) starting 8 July.

Vessels arriving with draught over 14.33 m (47.0 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 be allowed to transit.

The ACP will continue to monitor the level of Gatun Lake in order to announce future draught adjustments in a timely manner.

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