Panama Locks Unscheduled Lane Outage Gatun Locks (Atlantic Side) – January 9th , 2021

Re:  Panama Locks Unscheduled Lane Outage Gatun Locks (Atlantic Side).

Beginning at 08:00 hours on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, until 0001 hours on Friday, January 15, 2021 (40 hours), the East Lane of Gatun Locks will be out of service for removal of the “Soft-Nose” structure at the North end of Gatun locks.

As a result, and in accordance with the rules governing the Transit Reservation System (OP Notice to Shipping No. N-7-2021), Condition 2 for the Panamax locks will be in effect from Wednesday, January 13,  2021 to Friday, January 15, 2021. Applications for reserved transits while Condition 2 is in effect will be  received beginning at 0900 hours on Sunday, January 10, 2021.

See original Advisory to Shipping No. A-02-2021 here

The Just-In-Time (JIT) transit slots available for supers and regulars transiting without restrictions will be one for each direction. The booking slots available through the auction process, and the slots for Neopanamax vessels, will remain unchanged during  this period.


During the unscheduled Lane Outage – anticipate advise will be no booking slot for Supers and Regulars vessels during the 3er period;  alternative to participate in the auction (1) slot once published.


Whether any additional enquiry arise, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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At the Panama Canal, Norton Lilly’s core services include coordination of Canal transits, transit booking applications, local port calls and cargo operations including cargo transshipment, bunkering activities, and all aspects of vessel husbandry needs including crew changes, delivery of spare parts and provisions, vessel surveys and repairs. Their operations are staffed 24 hours, including a dedicated ship management services team responsible for the coordination of crew changes and preparation of crew visas. 


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