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Friday, 27 April 2018 | 20:00

Vessel traffic suspended
Friday, April 27, 2018, Bosphorus, Turkey

Vessel traffic in the Bosphorus was suspended due to the poor visibility (dense fog) at 06.17 hours local time today (27 April).

For the latest status and information about operations in the Turkish Straits contact GAC Istanbul at [email protected]

Maximum authorized draft for Neopanamax Locks
Friday, April 27, 2018, Panama Canal, Panama

Effective April 27, 2018, the maximum authorized draft for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks will be 14.63m (48.0 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW). Vessels arriving with drafts over 14.63m (48.0 feet) TFW may be allowed to transit after April 27, 2018, depending on the actual level of Gatun Lake at the time of transit. Otherwise, they will be required to trim or off-load cargo in order to transit.

For planning purposes, the following table is provided:

PROJECTED GATUN LAKE LEVEL: Under 25.60m (84 feet)
MAXIMUM DRAFT ALLOWANCE: 14.63m (48 feet)
PROJECTED EFFECTIVE DATES*: April 27, 2018

PROJECTED GATUN LAKE LEVEL: Under 25.30m (83 feet)
MAXIMUM DRAFT ALLOWANCE: 14.33m (47 feet)
PROJECTED EFFECTIVE DATES*: May 14, 2018

PROJECTED GATUN LAKE LEVEL: Under 24.99m (82 feet)
MAXIMUM DRAFT ALLOWANCE: 14.02m (46 feet)
PROJECTED EFFECTIVE DATES*: TBD**

*Draft allowances shown will be implemented as noted unless an update is issued
**To be determined, if required

The maximum authorized transit draft is the deepest point of immersion in TFW permitted for a particular vessel in Gatun Lake. Water density of Gatun Lake is 0.9954 at 29.4 deg. C (85 deg. F). Vessels shall arrive at Canal waters with no list.

The ACP continues to monitor the level of Gatun Lake in order to announce any future draft adjustments in a timely manner.

(For information about operations in the Panama Canal contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at [email protected] com)

Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No. A-12-2018

Source: GAC

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