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Low waiting times for the Panama Canal

Low waiting times for the Panama Canal

We are loving the current low waiting times for the Panama Canal.  For full details, see below waiting time in days and available slots.

Also a quick reminder that there is an imminent change to the maximum authorised Panama Canal Draft for vessels transiting NeoPanamax Locks, which will be 15.09m (49.5 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW) as of 1st March 2022.

Although it is not written in the advisory, it is understood that the maximum authorised draft for Panamax Locks will remain at 12.04m (39.5 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW) until further notice.

Click here for the official Advisory from the Panama Canal Authority >>> Advisory to Shipping No. A-02-2022

 

And now for the earliest slots available in the 2nd period:

FOR SUPER VESSELS:

*Northbound:*

  • March 8th: 3 slots available in second period that opens on Feb 15th at 0900hrsLT (UTC-5).

*Southbound:*

  • March 8th: 3 slots available in second period that opens on Feb 15th at 0900hrsLT (UTC-5).

FOR REGULAR VESSELS:

*Northbound:*

  • Feb 25th: 3 slots available in second period, period closes on Feb 22nd 0859hrsLT (UTC-5); however, slots can be taken by any applicant at any moment.
  • Feb 26th: 3 slots available in second period, period closes on Feb 23rd 0859hrsLT (UTC-5); however, slots can be taken by any applicant at any moment.

*Southbound:*

  • Feb 25th: 3 slots available in second period, period closes on Feb 22nd 0859hrsLT (UTC-5); however, slots can be taken by any applicant at any moment.
  • Feb 26th: 3 slots available in second period, period closes on Feb 23rd 0859hrsLT (UTC-5); however, slots can be taken by any applicant at any moment.

FOR NEOPANAMAX VESSELS:

*Northbound:*

  • Feb 19th: 1 slot conditioned available in second period that closes on Feb 16th 0859hrs LT (UTC-5); however, slots can be taken by any applicant at any moment.
  • Feb 20th: 1 slot conditioned available in second period that closes on Feb 17th 0859hrs LT (UTC-5); however, slots can be taken by any applicant at any moment.
  • Feb 22nd: 1 slot conditioned available in second period that closes on Feb 19th 0859hrs LT (UTC-5); however, slots can be taken by any applicant at any moment.
  • Feb 24th: 1 slot conditioned available in second period that closes on Feb 21st 0859hrs LT (UTC-5); however, slots can be taken by any applicant at any moment.
  • Feb 26th: 1 slot conditioned available in second period that closes on Feb 23rd 0859hrs LT (UTC-5); however, slots can be taken by any applicant at any moment.
  • Feb 27th: 1 slot conditioned available in second period that closes on Feb 24th 0859hrs LT (UTC-5); however, slots can be taken by any applicant at any moment.
  • Feb 28th: 1 slot conditioned available in second period that closes on Feb 25th 0859hrs LT (UTC-5); however, slots can be taken by any applicant at any moment.
  • March 1st: 2 slots (1 of these is conditioned*) available in second period that opens on Feb 15th 0900hrs LT (UTC-5); however, slots can be taken by any applicant at any moment.

*Southbound:*

  • Feb 19th: 1 slot conditioned available in second period that closes on Feb 16th 0859hrs LT (UTC-5); however, slots can be taken by any applicant at any moment.
  • Feb 20th: 1 slot conditioned available in second period that closes on Feb 17th 0859hrs LT (UTC-5); however, slots can be taken by any applicant at any moment.
  • Feb 22nd: 1 slot conditioned available in second period that closes on Feb 19th 0859hrs LT (UTC-5); however, slots can be taken by any applicant at any moment.
  • Feb 22nd: 1 retained slot offered through auction that will close today Feb 15th at 1100hrs LT (UTC-5), initial bid USD 93,500 / Not available for LNG.
  • Feb 24th: 1 slot conditioned available in second period that closes on Feb 21st 0859hrs LT (UTC-5); however, slots can be taken by any applicant at any moment.
  • Feb 26th: 1 slot conditioned available in second period that closes on Feb 23rd 0859hrs LT (UTC-5); however, slots can be taken by any applicant at any moment.
  • Feb 27th: 1 slot conditioned available in second period that closes on Feb 24th 0859hrs LT (UTC-5); however, slots can be taken by any applicant at any moment.
  • Feb 28th: 1 slot conditioned available in second period that closes on Feb 25th 0859hrs LT (UTC-5); however, slots can be taken by any applicant at any moment.
  • March 1st: 1 slot (conditioned*) available in second period that opens on Feb 15th 0900hrs LT (UTC-5); however, slots can be taken by any applicant at any moment. / NOT AVAILABLE FOR LNG

(*) Conditioned slot: One of the slots offered during the 2nd booking period (regardless of the direction), will only be assigned to vessels that meet one of the following criteria:

  • Full container vessels with a length overall (LOA) of less than 335.28 meters (1,100 feet), beam less than 43.28 meters (142 feet), and deep draft less than 13.72 meters (45 feet), Tropical Fresh Water (TFW); or
  • Vessels with precaution designator of PD-1 or PD-2 (excluding full container vessels) with a beam of 36.58 meters (120 feet) or less, or with a length overall (LOA) of 259.08 meters (850 feet) or less; or
  • Other vessel types with a length overall (LOA) of less than 304.8 meters (1,000 feet), beam of less than 41.15 meters (135 feet), and deep draft of less than 13.72 meters (45 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW).

DRAFT RESTRICTIONS

PANAMAX:

Max Draft: 12.04 meters (39.5 feet = 39 feet 6 inches) in the deepest point of immersion in Tropical Fresh Water (TFW) permitted for particular vessel in Gatun Lake. Water Density of Gatun Lake is 0.9954 at 29.4ºC (85ºF).

 

NEOPANAMAX:

15.24m (50.0 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW) since June 09th 2021

15.09m (49.5 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW) as of March 1st, 2022

 

*Remarks:

– Regular: Vessel with beam<91 feet

– Super: Vessel with 91 feet<=beam<=107 feet

– Neopanamax: Vessel with beam>107 feet

– Panamax Plus: Vessel with 91 feet<=beam<=107 feet, but draft>39.5 Feet (12.04m) TFW

 

Available slots and waiting times are changing constantly. Contact MasOceans SA for the most up-to-date information.

 

YOUR VESSELS, OUR PORTS

Do you have questions about how the Panama Canal lane outages? Or do you have vessels in Panama and need someone to solve shipping problems before they have even happened? Contact MasOceans SA and together with our local partners in Panama, Capas E.E.V., your port calls will run smoothly.

Capas is our partner in Panama for your port calls in: Bahía Las Minas (Terminal Granalera & Chevron), Colón 2000, Colón Container Terminal, Oil Tanking, Manzanillo International Terminal, Melones Oil Terminal, P.P.C. Balboa & Drydock MEC, Patsa & Potsa, PPC Christóbal & Telfer Tanks, PSA, PTP Charzo Azul, PTP Chiriquí Grande, Taboguilla.

 

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