Panama Canal maintenance set to cause delays

A maintenance period at the Panama Canal’s Miraflores locks tentatively scheduled for August 29 to September 10 will likely cause long delays for ships that are not booked in advance.

During the last maintenance period, from July 4 to 17 in the Gatun locks, wait times were said to be up to 11 days for non-booked vessels. That maintenance window was extended seven days from the scheduled July 4 to 10.

Current delays for tankers stand at about four days without pre-booking.

A spokesperson for the Panama Canal said the operations team expects that the canal should be able to maintain daily transit capacity at 13 transits a day for super-class tankers with beam lengths of 91 to 107 feet (27.74 to 32.62 meters).

Kim Biggar

Kim Biggar started writing in the supply chain sector in 2000, when she joined the Canadian Association of Supply Chain & Logistics Management. In 2004/2005, she was project manager for the Government of Canada-funded Canadian Logistics Skills Committee, which led to her 13-year role as communications manager of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. A longtime freelance writer, Kim has contributed to publications including The Forwarder, 3PL Americas, The Shipper Advocate and Supply Chain Canada.
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