Panama Canal Capacity Could Normalise By Next Year 


The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has made progress in restoring normal canal operations following a challenging period of drought-induced restrictions on drafts and transits.

Weather forecast look optimistic

The ACP recently said that weather forecasts look optimistic, with rainfall set to increase from late April and last for several months. This positive outlook has led the ACP to consider gradually easing transit restrictions, with the aim of fully normalising conditions by 2025.

Daily transits

The maximum number of total daily transits now stands at 27, which is still below the waterway’s normal maximum capacity of about 35-36 slots.

The ACP emphasised that any modifications to current restrictions will depend on future weather forecasts. The rainy season usually starts in May.

There are currently 46 ships waiting to transit the canal.

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