As of Wednesday, the current
maximum draft restriction in Gatun Lake is 47 feet, or 14.33 meters. For dry bulk, Neopanamax and Capesize ships cannot transit the canal at a 47-foot (14.33-meter) draft, as they require maximum drafts of 15 meters and 20 meters, respectively.
Further draft adjustments will be announced in 12-inch decrements, with advance notice of four weeks, the ACP said.
Vessels arriving after May 28 with drafts over the maximum 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.
It takes 55 million gallons of fresh water
per day, to bring ships through the waterway.
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