Friday, 03 May 2019 14:26

Drought forces Panama Canal to impose stricter draft limits

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The Panama Canal Authority has imposed stricter draft limits for vessels moving through its expanded locks, in the face of unpredicted drought. The new maximum authorised draft for vessels transiting the neopanamax locks is 13.41 m, nearly 2 m short of its original design draft. This is the fifth time this year the canal’s administrators have had to impose ever stricter draft limits amid an unprecedented drought.



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