Panama Canal Disruption Charge, Additional information about the Complementary Tariffs

Panama Flash! – Additional information Regarding the Complementary Tariffs – Disruption Charge

In reference to OP Notice to Shipping No. N-1-2023 and the Disruption Charge Tariff announced in Advisories to Shipping A-34-2022 and A-38-2022, the following additional information is provided:

Section 24 of OP Notice to Shipping No. N-1-2023 indicates that the air conditioning system is part of the vessel’s equipment, and as such, should be available for use during transit in the wheelhouse and all pilot accommodations. If the air conditioning unit is not working properly or is unable to maintain temperatures

between 21 °C and 26°C, and a relative humidity between 40% and 70%, the condition must be reported prior to transit. If a malfunction is detected once the transit pilot is on board the vessel, or during transit, the vessel will be subject to a disruption charge and other applicable charges such as pilotage and launches.

In addition, Section 23 of Notice to Shipping N-1-2023 states that vessels shall provide a cabin that is clean, serviceable, darkened and equivalent to an officer´s cabin for use by the transit pilot. These cabins should have a private working toilet facility. Vessels that fail to comply with this requirement may also be subject to delays and additional charges, including the disruption charge.

For additional information regarding the Disruption Charge Tariffs please refer to:

a. Vessel Deficiency Matrix:

b. Frequently Ask Question (FAQ):

All tariffs are available at:

Additionally, the same controlled environment shall be offered for pilot accommodations, as indicated in Section 23 of this Notice.


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