Panama – Canal Daily News

Information as of September 04TH , 2017

  1. Panama Canal Authority Notices& Advisories to Shipping

Latest Advisory: A-30-2017 Increase in Maximum Allowable Draft for Neopanamax Locks
Latest Advisory: A-29-2017 Panama Canal Locks Lane Outage the in Transit Reservation System
Latest Advisory: A-28-2017 Designated Bunkering Areas in Panama Waters
Latest Advisory: A-27-2017 Panama´s Cabinet Council Approves Toll Structure Modifications
Latest Advisory: A-26-2017 Extension of Booking Condition 2 due to Locks Maintenance
Latest Advisory: A-25-2017 Monthly Canal Operations Summary – JULY 2017
Latest Advisory: A-24-2017 Air Conditioning Systems on Transiting Vessels
Latest Advisory: A-23-2017 Panama Canal Locks Lane and Culvert Outages and the Transit Reservation System
Latest Advisory: A-22-2017 Monthly Canal Operations Summary – JUNE 2017
Latest Advisory: A-21-2017 All Shipping Agents, Owners, and Operators
Latest Advisory: A-20-2017 Modifications to the Transit Reservation System
Latest Advisory: A-19-2017 Panama Canal Locks Lane and Culvert Outages and the Transit Reservation System
Latest Advisory: A-17-2017 Proposed Modifications to the Panama Canal Tolls Structure
Latest Advisory: A-15-2017 Modification to Fuel Requirements in Panama Canal Waters
Latest Advisory: A-13-2017 Online Bank Guarantee Requests through the Panama Canal Maritime Service Portal
Latest Advisory: A-12-2017 Panama Canal Locks Lane Outage and the Transit Reservation System
Latest Advisory: A-11-2017 Guarantee of Payment Requirement for Panama Canal Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (PCSOPEP)
Latest Advisory: A-10-2017 Panama Canal Locks Lane Outage and the Transit Reservation System
Latest Advisory: A-08-2017 Mooring Line Requirements Reminder
Latest Advisory: A-07-2017 Implementation of Water Conservation Measures
Latest Advisory: A-06-2017 New Public Relations Services Tariff
Latest Advisory: A-04-2017 Maneuvering Fuel
Latest Advisory: A-03-2017 Reduction in the Number of Available Booking Slots to Reduce Vessel Backlog

  1. Present Waiting times for non-booked vessels


                                                                            Northbound           Southbound


Supers (91′ in beam & over)                            2 days                           2 days

Regulars (less than 91′ beam)                          1 days                           1 days

 Please remember that the PCA offers the booking / auction system as an alternative to avoid delays and / or reserve a slot on a desire date, just please bear in mind that spaces are limited and in high demand which makes them difficult to obtain a slot if the customers are not regular Canal users.


  1. Transit Information

For September  05TH, 2017

Northbound         Southbound

Arrivals                                   24                                 15

Transits                                   23                                 12

Vessel due                            32                                 18

Vessels booked                  06                                 09

For September  04H, 2017

Northbound         Southbound

Arrivals                                   11                                 13

Transits                                   16                                 16

Vessel due                            32                                 18

Vessels booked                  08                                 11

 Canal normal daily capacity is 38-42 transits.

  1. The amount of ships Arriving and Remaining for transit will vary as ETA of vessels should change.
  2. Please find attached booking slots available per day list for your appraisal.
  3. Canal Operations Summary for previous month.


  1. Locks maintenance schedule
Dates Days/Hrs Miraflores Pedro Miguel Gatun Estimated Capacity Status
12, 13 September 2017 5 Hours per Days East Lane* 32-34 Tentative
15 September 2017 10 Hours East Lane* 28-30 Tentative

*The normal transit capacity of the Panama Canal is 34-36 vessels per day, depending on vessel mix and other factors. This capacity is reduced during locks maintenance work, as indicated in the above table. Consequently, vessels may experience delays in transiting. Normally, during these periods, the Panama Canal Transit Reservation System slots are fully utilized. Whenever a set of locks requires a major outage of one of its two lanes for dry chamber inspection, miter gate repairs, tow track work or other major maintenance/improvement projects, advantage may be taken to perform simultaneous single lane outages at other locks.

**In order to perform required maintenance on the northeast entrance. 

  1. Panama Canal Auction System

Auction Date        Transit Date       Auction Bid            Vessel Name                         Customer Code

NO                              BID

NO                              BID

NO                              BID

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