Per below advisory from Panama Canal Authority. Due to drop in Gatun Lake water levels, Panama Canal Authority decreased transit draft for the vessels. The reduced draft may directly impact the maximum weight that carriers can load on the vessels via Panama Canal. Consequently, the impacted services may face space and/or weight constraints, resulting in possible booking rejections and/or roll overs during this period.

Draft during this period of dry season:
Effective April 10, 2019, transit draft restriction is at 13.72 meters (45.0 feet) TFW
Effective April 30, 2019, transit draft restriction is at 13.41 meters (44.0 feet) TFW

Vessels arriving after April 30, 2019, with drafts over 13.41 meters (44.0 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.

April 1, 2019

TO : All Shipping Agents, Owners, and Operators

SUBJECT: Fifth Update of the Maximum Authorized Draft for the Neopanamax Locks

Based on the present and projected levels of Gatun Lake for the following weeks, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announces that, effective April 30, 2019, the Maximum Authorized Draft for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks will be 13.41 meters (44.0 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW).

Vessels arriving after April 30, 2019, with drafts over 13.41 meters (44.0 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.

Draft adjustments will be announced in 12-inch (30.5 cm) decrements, generally with at least four
weeks advanced notice.

ORIGINAL SIGNED
Ilya R. Espino de Marotta
Vice President
for Transit Business