UPDATE: MAXIMUM AUTHORISED DRAFT FOR SHIPS TRANSITING THE PANAMA CANAL

May 23, 2019

The Panama Canal Authority has postponed the effective date of the sixth draft update as a result of the amount of rainfall in the Panama Canal watershed during the past week. The current maximum authorised draft of 13.41 meters (44.0 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW) for ships transiting the Neopanamax locks and 12.04 m (39.5 feet) TFW for ships transiting the Panamax locks will continue to be in effect until June 12, 2019. After that date, the maximum authorised draft will be reduced to 13.11 m (43.0 feet) TFW for ships transiting the Neopanamax locks and 11.73 m (38.5 feet) TFW for ships transiting the Panamax locks.

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