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Panama Canal increases maximum authorized draft for neopanamax vessels

The Panama Canal Authority issued a marine advisory to inform about the increase of the maximum authorised draft for neopanamax vessels transiting the canal to 14.33 m (47 ft) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW). In fact, based on present and projected levels of Gatun Lake for the upcoming weeks, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced that the Maximum Authorized Draft for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks will be 14.33 m (47.0 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW), effective from July 8, 2020. Vessels arriving with drafts over 14.33 m (47.0 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. ...as Panama Canal noted. In light of the above, ACP will keep monitoring the level of Gatun Lake in order to announce future draft adjustments in a timely manner.

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