Contributed by: Don WinnerBy Joseph R. Fonseca: 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.