Panama Canal increases maximum draft for new locks

The Panama Canal has announced an increase in the maximum allowable draft, after recent rainfall brought the Gatun and Alajuela Lakes to their operating limits.

Therefore, effective immediately and until further notice, the maximum allowable draft for vessels transiting the neopanamax locks will be increased to 14.33 m tropical fresh water (TFW).

With the expected arrival of the dry season in the next few weeks, the Panama Canal will continue to monitor and manage the water levels of the Gatun and Alajuela Lakes.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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