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Panama Canal suspends second draught restriction

The Panama Canal is suspending the second update to the maximum draught allowable at the neo-panamax locks, published 19 March.

Recent rainfall in the Canal watershed has allowed the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) to suspend the draught reduction announced in Advisory to Shipping A-09-2020, which was scheduled to become effective 17 April 2020.

As a result, and based on the present and projected level of Gatun Lake for the following weeks, the ACP said that the maximum authorised draught for the Neopanamax locks will remain at 13.87m (45.5 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW) until 30 April 2020.

Thereafter, effective 1 May 2020, the maximum authorised draught for the neo-panamax locks will be 13.72m (45.0 feet) TFW, until further notice.

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