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Panama Canal waiting times improve (25 Oct)

Panama Canal waiting times improve

Good news as Panama Canal waiting improve. They are down from 18th October’s high, affecting 98 vessels and including waiting times of up to 12 days.  As of 25th October, the number of vessels affected has dropped by 13 to 85. Waiting times have also lowered slightly from a high of 12 days to 11 days for Southbound Panamax Plus non-booked vessels (information from 25th October 2021).  See below for the full information on the current backlog from the Panama Canal Authorities:




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 a particular vessel in Gatun Lake. Water Density of Gatun Lake is 0.9954 at 29.4ºC (85ºF).

15.24m (50.0 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW) since June 9th, 2021

– 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


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