Panama – Canal Daily News

Information as of October 31TH , 2017

  1. Panama Canal Authority Notices& Advisories to Shipping

Latest Advisory: A-38-2017 Panama Authority Regulation on Pre-Arrival Information
Latest Advisory: A-37-2017 Monthly Canal Operations Summary-SEPTEMBER 2017
Latest Advisory: A-36-2017 Substitution and Swapping of Booking Slots between Container vessels of Alliance Members
Latest Advisory: A-35-2017 Modification to the Booking Cancellation Fees
Latest Advisory: A-34-2017 Applicable Pricing Structure by Definition of Vessel Types
Latest Advisory: A-33-2017 Increase in Booking Slots for Neopanamax Vessels and other Transit Reservation System Changes
Latest Advisory: A-32-2017 Miraflores Locks Lane Outage and the Transit Reservation System
Latest Advisory: A-31-2017 Monthly Canal Operations Summary – AUGUST 2017
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-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-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

  1. Present Waiting times for non-booked vessels


                                    Northbound  Southbound

Supers (91′ in beam & over)         3 days      3 days

Regulars (less than 91′ beam)       2 days      2 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 November  01TH, 2017

Northbound  Southbound

Arrivals                            20          16

Transits                            18          22

Vessel due                          37          41

Vessels booked                      14          13


For October  31TH, 2017

Northbound  Southbound

Arrivals                            20          20

Transits                            16          13

Vessel due                          37          41

Vessels booked                      10          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
1-2 , 8-9 March 2018 8 Hours / 10 Hours West 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

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