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In 1880 Ferdinand de Lesseps began a 20 year effort to construct a waterway across the Isthmus of Panama in fulfillment of a dream that began with Vasco Nuñez de Balboa's first sighting of the Pacific.

After this failed, the United States took up the work in 1903 under a treaty which granted them rights to a strip of territory running 5 miles on each side of the Canal.

 

At the opening of the Canal in 1914, the Panama Canal Company, together with the U.S. Government had integrated the operation of the waterway and adjacent lands into the Canal Zone, a separate State within the Republic of Panama.

 

Wholly U.S. in character, the Canal Zone had its own police force, judicial system customs and immigration services, remained unchanged until the implementation of the Torrijos/Carter treaties on October 1st., 1979.

  

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As a result of the amount of rainfall in the Panama Canal watershed during the past week, the Panama Canal Authority has postponed the effective date of the sixth draft update as published in Advisory to Shipping A-13-2019. Therefore, the maximum authorized draft of 13.11 m (43.0 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW) for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks and 11.73 m (38.5 feet) TFW for vessels transiting the Panamax locks will become effective June 12, 2019, instead of May 28, 2019.

The maximum authorized draft allowed of 13.41 meters (44.0 feet) TFW for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks and 12.04 m (39.5 feet) TFW for vessels transiting the Panamax locks, as published in Advisory to Shipping No. A-10-2019, will continue to be in effect until June 12, 2019.

We will continue to monitor the level of Gatun Lake and announce future draft adjustments in a timely manner. (Advisory ADV15-2019)





 


Transits Through Expanded Panama Canal

Panama Canal Maintenance Schedule

July
West Lane* 32 - 34
(Miraflores Locks)
July 17, 18  2019 (4 Hours per day) Tentative - Booking Condition: 1
August
West Lane** 32 - 34
(Miraflores Locks)
August 6 -13,  2019 (8 Days) Tentative - Booking Condition: 2
West Lane** 32 - 34
(Miraflores Locks)
August 22 -23,  2019 (5 Hours per days) Tentative - Booking Condition: 1
September
East 28 - 30
(Gatun Locks)
September 1, 2019 (12 Hours ) Tentative - Booking Condition: 1.a
Center*** 28 - 30
(Gatun Locks)
September 2 - 14, 2019 (12 Days ) Tentative - Booking Condition: 1.a
West 28 - 30
(Gatun Locks)
September 2, 2019 (12 Hours ) Tentative - Booking Condition: 1.a
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