Panama Canal Drought Restrictions

blog | Aug 17, 2023

Ocean shipping at the Panama Canal is being impacted by drought conditions.  

The reduced water levels have resulted in the Panama Canal Authority (PCA) to impose maximum draft limits on ocean vessels to 44 feet or 13.41 meters through part of 2024. In addition, the PCA has reduced the number of daily vessel crossings to 32, down from an average of 36. 

In an effort to alleviate congestion, the PCA has introduced a measure which will remain in effect through August 21, 2023. The measure limits new reservations from passing through the canal’s old locks to 14 per day, making room for vessels without reservations. 
Our teams are closely monitoring the situation. 

To stay informed and connected to your cargo, we encourage all Delmar customers to communicate via our industry-leading Delmar Cargo Management SystemTM (DCMSTM). Through the platform, you can activate your booking approval notifications and manage requests to alter service routings. 


For additional information and assistance, please contact your local Delmar Representative.