Panama Canal Increases Draft Limit

by | Aug 8, 2019

After a period of very dry weather, the region around the Panama Canal has recently received enough rain to enable bigger vessels to travel through it.

This year’s lack of rainfall had resulted in many reductions in the draft size of vessels permitted through the waterway. The draft being the vertical distance between the waterline and the bottom of a ships’ hull, which is used in shipping to determine the minimum depth of water a ship can safely navigate. 

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has recently responded to the rainfall by increasing the permitted draft limit from 44 to 45 feet. This is still some way short of the 50 feet maximum that was in place before the cuts.

With reductions in the limit this year, the ACP has restricted the amount of weight that vessels can carry, and also the type of vessels that can pass, on what is the only route between Asia and the US East Coast. The net result being a reduction in capacity and a subsequent increase in rates. 

US and Asian exporters and importers will welcome the news of the increased draft limit and hope that it is the first step towards returning to full capacity. 


UniOcean Lines are your technologically advanced carrier designed and built for the 21st century. We offer the most comprehensive sailing schedule in the market with extensive services to and from Asia, North and South America, Europe and Australasia. 

Follow Us:

The 21st Century Carrier

Find out how we combine the best of carrier and the best of local services through common goals.

The 21st Century Carrier

Find out how we combine the best of carrier and the best of local services through common goals.

More News…..

Partnership for Bangkok Port Terminal

PSA Thailand, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the global port operator PSA International, have announced a joint venture to develop and operate the Thai Prosperity container terminal in Bangkok, along with locally based logistics firm SCG. The two companies have formed...

2019 Asia North Europe Schedule Launched

The 2019 instalment of the UniOcean Lines Asia Europe Service Directory has just been released, which includes all major inbound and outbound loops and services operating in the trade, being the most comprehensive sailing schedule available on the market. The...

Global Container Growth Rebound

Global container movements increased in volume during 2018 by 4 percent to 146.4 million twenty foot equivalent containers (TEU), which was down on the 5.6% growth that was witnessed the previous year. A slowdown of the global economy, caused by escalating trade...

Share This