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Panama Canal to Slash Booking Slots Due to Drought

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

October 31, 2023

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© Jonathan / Adobe Stock

Daily ship crossings on the Panama Canal, one of the world's main maritime trade routes, will be further reduced over the coming months due to a severe drought, the authorities managing the canal said late on Monday.

Booking slots will be cut to 25 per day between November 3 to November 6, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) said in a shipping advisory, and will be gradually reduced further over the coming months to 18 per day beginning February 1, 2024.

In recent months, the ACP has imposed various passage restrictions to conserve water, including cutting vessel draft and daily passage authorizations.

The latest announcement comes after ship crossings were most recently reduced on Sep. 30 to 31 from 32, effective Nov 1.

(Reuters - Reporting by Eli Moreno; Writing by Brendan O'Boyle; Editing by Isabel Woodford)