This document contains answers to frequently asked questions our clients ask about scheduling transits in the Panama Canal. If you have any questions that have not been included, or if you would like more information, please contact us at our customer service department at customerService@pancanal.com.
Administration and Operation of Ship Transit in the Panama Canal
The main objective of the ACP’s Transit Operations Division is to provide all vessels with safe, reliable and expeditious transit through the Panama Canal.
The Maritime Traffic Control Unit, of the Transit Operations Division, is responsible for the programming, coordination and monitoring of ship traffic through the Panama Canal, including the terminal ports of Balboa, on the Pacific side, and from Cristóbal, on the Atlantic side. The daily preparation of the ship transit schedule is an extremely complex process due to the considerable amount of rules, regulations, restrictions and conditions existing in the Canal. Weather conditions, the number and mix of vessels, and the availability of the plant and resources are some of the factors that influence the daily scheduling of transits.