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Panamax locks maintenance: tentative lane outage

PANAMA FLASH! Panamax Locks Maintenance

Canal Authority informs of a tentative lane outage to facilitate maintenance for the following dates:

  • April 30th –   12hrs     – Pedro Miguel West –  Culvert outage –   Booking condition 1A –  Estimated capacity 22 – 24 vessel daily.
  • May 1st –   12hrs     – Pedro Miguel West –  Culvert outage –   Booking condition 1A –  Estimated capacity 22 – 24 vessels daily.
  • May 2nd –  12hrs      – Pedro Miguel West –  Culvert outage –   Booking condition 1A –  Estimated capacity 22 – 24 vessels daily.
  • May 9th –  May 16th  –  8 days     – Pedro Miguel West Lane  –  Booking condition 2    –   Estimated capacity  19 – 21 vessels daily

These maintenances have not been confirmed yet by the Canal Authority, however if scheduled as indicated,  the canal capacity will be reduced and demand for transit booking, as customary, will exceed the slots available.   The Transit Reservation System (booking) for the Panamax locks will be declared at Condition 2 (reduced slots). The waiting times for non-booked vessels anticipate increasing due to the reduced capacity.

Booking slots are allocated according to the customer weighted ranking and three additional slots (2 for supers and 1 for regulars) will be offered daily via the auction process with a minimum and initial bid of $55,000.00 for Supers and $15,000.00 for regulars; In order to avoid delays we suggest reserving a transit slots while the second period slots are available.


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Bldg. 3825  – Office 204

Howard – Panama-Pacifico

Panama, Rep. of Panama

Tel: (507) 304-4600

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