Panama City, Panama, December 1, 2015 – The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced that the current wait times experienced by transiting ships have returned to normal operating levels.
Down 80 percent from highs in October, the wait time for transiting ships is now two days or less. Moreover, the number of ships awaiting transit is down 67 percent from recent highs.
These reductions can be attributed to the measures taken by the ACP to expedite traffic and decrease Canal Waters Time, including the modification of its booking system, postponement of non-critical maintenance projects, and the assignment of additional personnel to operations. Improved weather conditions have also played a role.
The current traffic conditions have led the ACP to reinstate Condition 1 of the Canal’s booking system, which means the number of booking slots for regular vessels, as well as the number of Just-in-Time transit slots for supers and regulars, will return to normal.
“As it has been for the past 101 years, our priority remains to offer the most safe and reliable service to the maritime community,” said Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano. “I want to take the opportunity to thank the Panama Canal’s incredible workforce who did an excellent job in helping to normalize these transit conditions for our valued customers.”
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