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Requirement for pilot platforms & shelters - Panama Canal

May 27, 2014

ACP Navigation Regulations, Article 64 and its Annex, state that vessels with a length of 900 feet (274.32m) overall or more must provide suitable platforms and shelters for assisting pilots.

Under current operating practices, vessels with a length of 700 feet (213.36m) overall or more, and a beam 100 feet (30.48m) or more, not in compliance with Panama Canal visibility requirements, are assigned an additional assisting pilot for the transit.
Therefore, vessels with a length of 900 feet (274.32m) overall or more, and vessels with a length of 700 feet (213.36m) overall or more, and a beam 100
feet (30.48m) or more not in compliance with Panama Canal visibility requirements, must be equipped with pilot platforms and shelters.
Specific dimensions and characteristics of these shelters and platofrms can be found in OP NOTICE TO SHIPPIN No.N-1-2014 (Revions 1) “Vessel Requirements”, Section 3, “Requirement for Pilot Platforms and Shelters on Certain Vessel”.
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