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Panama Canal / Latest update

07.05.2020

PRECAUTIONARY ACTIONS AGAINST COVID-19

The Panama Canal is closely monitoring the Covid-19 outbreak and has adopted a series of measures to protect their personnel and to prevent further spread of the virus. 

The following measures have been taken in response to Covid-19:

  • Vessels are required to report to MINSA if/when crew changes occurred within 14 days of arrival at ports with Covid-19 cases.
  • Panama Canal admeasures must contact the vessels on radio before boarding to confirm all crewmembers are healthy and to verify recent changes.
  • Panama Canal personnel are working in teams and are all equipped with masks as well as alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel.
  • Constant communication is maintained between the Panama Canal and MINSA’s maritime health doctors.
  • MINSA has sent a communication to all shipping companies, requiring that they report any person who has any illness-symptoms.

Please find additional information about the precautionary actions here.

NORTHBOUND WAITING TIME

Neopanamax:                                      2 days

Panamax Plus:                                     5+ days

Panamax:                                             3 days  

Small:                                                    3 days

SOUTHBOUND WAITING TIME

Neopanamax:                                       2 days

Panamax Plus:                                      5+ days

Panamax:                                              3 days  

Small:                                                     3 days

DAILY TRANSITS

TX MAY 06 

GATUN LAKE WATER LEVELS

Year 2020

Official water level

Surcharge percent

5th May

80.5ft

7.11 %

6th May

80.5ft

7.11 %

7th May

80.5ft

7.11 %

For additional information about the water projection or to use the water surcharge calculator please follow this link

GENERAL LOCK RESTRICTIONS 

 

Panamax Locks

Neopanamax Locks

Max Draft TFW

12.04 m / 39.5 ft

   15.2 m / 49.87 ft *

Max Beam

32.31 m / 106 ft

51.25 m / 168.14 ft

Max LOA

294.13 m / 965 ft

366 m / 1200 ft

Water density

0.9954 gms/cc at 29.4°C (85° F)

 

* As per May 01, 2020 the maximum authorized draft for the Neopanamax locks has been reduced to 13.72m (45.0 feet) until further notice. 

FYG

Neopanamax: Vessels with a beam up to 51.25 meters/168.14 feet

Panamax Plus: Panamax vessels that are approved for the new locks.

Panamax (supers): Vessels with a beam over 27.74 meters/91 feet

Small (regulars): Vessels with a beam less 27.74 meters/91 feet 

Northbound: Pacific Balboa - to Atlantic Cristobal

Southbound: Atlantic Cristobal - to Pacific Balboa