Panama Canal will raise daily transits to 32 in June 

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By LatAm Reports Editorial Team

The restrictions reached the passage of only 22 ships a day. Photo: Courtesy Panama Canal

The restrictions reached the passage of only 22 ships a day. Photo: Courtesy Panama Canal

From June, the number of daily transit through the Panama Canal should be 32 boats, according to a program released on Monday, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP).

Currently, 24 ships are allowed to cross the interoceanic route, following adjustments made due to water saving and the weakening of the El Niño phenomenon that caused a drought in the Canal basin that forced a restriction on its crossing.

It is expected that in the last half of May they will be able to sail on Channel 31 ships per day, 24 Panamax and 7 Newpanamax.

Prior to that period, from 7 to 15 May, the number of transits in panamax locks (the oldest) will be reduced from 20 to 17 daily, due to maintenance work scheduled on Lake Gatún.

Meanwhile, from 1 June, the passage of 8 boats a day will be allowed in the new locks, which should raise the number to 32 ships.

On the other hand, from 15 June, the maximum draught allowed to ship to pass through the new locks will be increased by one foot, from 44 to 45 feet.

The ACP reported that this adjustment ensures safe navigation while considering the projections of Lake Gatún and other operational requirements.

These actions are taken after a series of analyses based on the availability of water, the savings measures taken since last year such as the efficient use of water stored in Lake Alhajuela.

Estimates indicate that in 2025 the Channel operation will return to normal, as confirmed by its authorities. 

This article has been translated from the original which first appeared in Pan American