he Panama Canal Authority (ACP) finds it necessary to implement additional changes to the Transit Reservation System rules, based on the reduction in daily transit capacity.
Panama Canal Modification to the Fresh Water Surcharge (variable component)
Temporary Suspension of the Auctioned Slots in the Panamax Locks for Vessels Classified as Supers
the booking condition will be returned to 1A granting additional booking slots
Changes to the auctioned slots in the Neopanmax Locks and a temporary reduction in booking slots for the Panamax Locks
Availability of Panamax Locks booking slots has been temporarily reduced, and the auctioned slots in Neopanamax Locks have been modified
Due to the measures implemented by the Canal Authority on July 30th in response to the prevailing severe drought, the transit queue has been steadily growing.
Additional Measures to Mitigate the Extended Dry Season and Reduction in Precipitation in the Canal watershed
Daily transit capacity will be adjusted to an average of 32 vessels per day, normally distributed among the Panamax and Neopanamax locks in the following manner: 10 vessels in the Neopanamax locks and 22 vessels in the Panamax locks.
Temporary change in the auction system for Panamax locks
New structure of Maritime Services tariffs (related and complementary).
All vessels transiting the Panama Canal with beams 33.2 meters (109 feet) or more will be required to have a fixed (non-portable) piloting unit with real time kinematics (RTK) for submeter accuracy.