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Posted on 29 April 2024 by Spencer Coffin

Panama Canal Water Levels Improve

After a period where positive shipping updates have been scarce, it’s a refreshing to be able to report some encouraging news. The Panama Canal is exhibiting signs of improvement marking a welcome change after facing constraints over the past year due to drought conditions. 

The maximum number of daily vessel passages has been severely restricted since last April, which has been largely attributed to a lack of rainfall caused by the el-nino weather effect. Usually, 38 vessels can pass through the waterway every day, but the limit fell dramatically to just 20 in January.

However, in a positive turn of events, the region has witnessed plenty of rainfall just recently and the long-term forecast for the upcoming rainy season is optimistic. Therefore, the Panama Canal Authority have already upped the daily limit to 27 and have now confirmed it will rise to 31 daily vessel passages in May and 32 from June.

While it could still be a few months before the canal returns to its normal operational capacity, the news is certainly positive for global shipping. The canal is the only channel through the continent for containerships and along with the conflict impacted Suez Canal, has become essential for round the world services.

We use Westbound Logistics Services as not only do they keep us up to date on world shipping news, but they also provide the best shipping service we have come across, with the most amazing customer services.

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