Panama Canal hit by delays

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced it will reduce the number of booking slots for “super vessels” as a temporary measure in response to what it called unusual delays in transit for unbooked ships.

Some have endured delays of seven or eight days.

The measure will take effect on Friday (January 20) and will last until further notice.

Under the reduced schedule, in the third period super vessels – large ships that have beams of 91 feet or greater but less than the 107 feet of Neopanamaxes – will have only five slots.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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