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Beginning July 11, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has announced new measures to ease crossing conditions. These changes include an increase in the authorized draft and daily transits, which aim to facilitate smoother navigation through the canal.


Increased Authorized Draft

One of the significant changes is the increase in the authorized draft. As of Wednesday, the draft has been raised by another 30 cm, making it 14.3 meters. This increase is set to further rise to 14.63 meters shortly. The raised draft allows larger vessels to traverse the canal, thereby increasing the efficiency and capacity of maritime traffic.






Panama Canal
Increased draft Panama Canal, Starting July 11





Daily Transit Increase

Alongside the draft increase, the ACP has also announced an increment in the number of daily transits. This measure is expected to reduce waiting times for ships, providing a more streamlined and efficient passage through the canal. These adjustments are part of ongoing efforts to enhance the operational capacity and reliability of the Panama Canal.


Implications for Maritime Traffic

The easing of crossing conditions is anticipated to have a positive impact on global maritime traffic. By allowing larger vessels and increasing the number of daily transits, the Panama Canal is set to support international trade more effectively. These changes are expected to bring economic benefits by reducing delays and enhancing the overall throughput of the canal.



The Panama Canal Authority’s decision to increase the authorized draft and daily transits marks a significant step in enhancing the canal’s functionality. As these new measures take effect, the maritime community can look forward to improved navigation and reduced waiting times, bolstering the canal’s role as a critical conduit for global trade.