Panama Canal increases daily transits for Panamax locks

(ANCON, Panama) — In response to the present and projected level of Gatun Lake, the Panama Canal Authority on Monday announced a new adjustment to accommodate the growing demand for transits by increasing the number of daily slots available in the Panamax locks.

Two additional slots will be offered through auction for transit dates beginning March 18, and an additional slot will become available for transit dates beginning March 25.

These measures allow the majority of vessels that want to transit the canal to have a better chance of obtaining a reservation.

Panama Canal specialists are closely monitoring the current water situation, and the measures announced Monday, published in the Advisory to Shipping, will remain in effect until conditions warrant changes, which will be announced in a timely manner.

– Panama Canal Authority

By Professional Mariner Staff