Panama Canal Traffic Situation for August / September

By Joseph R. Fonseca
Saturday, August 23, 2014
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It is advised that there will be average traffic delays in Panama Canal. The projected queue as of 24:00 hours on August 23 is 48 vessels.

IMPORTANT: The Panama Canal invoked booking Condition 2 for the duration of Miraflores locks lane outage Aug. 26-Sep. 2 which will reduce the amount of booking slots available per day to 10 supers and 6 regulars. All slots for supers are taken Aug. 26-30. Available slots Aug. 31-Sep. 2 will be given in a first-come, first-served basis. Auction Booking Slots will be offered normally for this maintenance period.

Current average delays (today and tomorrow’s traffic) as follows:
Supers (large, over 91 feet in beam, transit with restrictions):

Northbound: 1-2 days
Southbound: 1-2 days

Regulars (small, under 91 feet in beam, unrestricted transit):

Northbound: 1-2 days
Southbound: 1-2 days

The booking competitions today were as follows:
Second period Large vessel (slots for Sep. 11): 10 slots, no applicants

Second period Small vessel (slots for Sep. 11): 4 slots, no applicants

Third period Large vessel (slots for Aug. 24): 11 slots, 1 applicant, 10 slots left

Third period Small vessel (slots for Aug. 24): 7 slots, 1 applicant, 6 slots left

The Auction Booking Slot for Aug. 23 was not offered because there were normal booking slots still available.

For further information, please contact GAC at

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