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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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FLASH! FLASH! FLASH!
Based on the present and projected level of Gatun Lake for the following weeks, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announces that, effective May 28, 2019, the Maximum Authorized Draft for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks will be 13.11 meters (43.0 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW). (Advisory ADV13-2019)

Similarly, the Maximum Authorized Draft for vessels transiting the Panamax locks will be 11.73 meters (38.5 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW). 

Vessels arriving after May 28, 2019, with drafts over the above-mentioned maximum drafts may be allowed to transit, depending on the actual level of Gatun Lake at the time of transit. Otherwise, they will be required to trim or off-load cargo in order to be allowed to transit.


Based on the present and projected levels of Gatun Lake for the following weeks, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announces that, effective April 30, 2019, the Maximum Authorized Draft for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks will be 13.41 meters (44.0 feet)Tropical Fresh Water (TFW).

Vessels arriving after April 30, 2019, with drafts over 13.41 meters (44.0 feet) TFW may be allowed to transit, depending on the actual level of  Gatun Lake at the time of transit. Otherwise, they will be required to trim or off-load cargo in order to be allowed to transit. (Advisory ADV10-2019)

Draft adjustments will be announced in 12-inch (30.5 cm) decrements, generally with at least four weeks advanced notice.


Effective 7 June 2016 and until further notice for vessels transiting the Panamax locks the maximum authorized transit draft is set to 12.04m (39.5 feet) TFW * deepest point of immersion.   * Some Vessels because of hull configuration (Bilge keel radius) are not allowed transit at this draft. Please check with us before fixing.  (Advisory A-33-2016)



 


Transits Through Expanded Panama Canal

Panama Canal Maintenance Schedule

June
West Lane* 32 - 34
(Gatun Locks)
June 07,  2019 (5 hours) Tentative - Booking Condition: 1
West Lane* 32 - 34
(Gatun Locks)
June 14,  2019 (5 hours) Tentative - Booking Condition: 1
West Lane* 28 - 30
(Gatun Locks)
June 21,  2019 (12 hours) Tentative - Booking Condition: 1.a
East Lane** 22 - 24
(Pedro Miguel Locks)
June 24 to July 2,  2019 (8 Days) Tentative - Booking Condition: 2
West Lane* 22 - 24
(Gatun Locks)
June 26 -29,  2019 (3.5 Days) Tentative - Booking Condition: 2
July
West Lane* 32 - 34
(Pedro Miguel Locks)
July 4, 5  2019 (5 Hours per day) Tentative - Booking Condition: 1
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