PCA Advisory To Shipping: Panama Canal Locks Lane Outage and the Transit Reservation System

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Beginning at 22:00h on Monday, May 23,2016 until 22:00h on Friday, May 27,2016 (4 days), the EAST lane of Miraflores Locks will be out of service in order to perform scheduled dry chamber seal repairs on Miter Gates 104-105, 112-113, 116-117, and 120-121.

Also, concurrent outages will take place at Pedro Miguel and Gatun Locks as follows:

  • Pedro Miguel Locks: Beginning at 22:00h on Monday, May 23, 2016 until 10:00h on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 (12 hours), the WEST lane of Pedro Miguel Locks will be out of service in order to replace the north tire tender and perform the final drive of Miter Gates 56 and 57.
  • Gatun Locks: Beginning at 20:00h, until 24:00h on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, (4 hours), and beginning at 20:00h on Thursday, May 26, 2016, until 20:00h on Friday, May 27,2016 (24 hours), the WEST lane of Gatun Locks will be out of service in order to perform repairs on Miter Gate 24.

PCA Advisory To Shipping: Panama Canal Locks Lane Outage and the Transit Reservation System

As a result, and in accordance with the rules governing the Transit Reservation System (OP’s Notice to Shipping No. N-7-2016), Condition 2 will be in effect from Tuesday, May 24, 2016, until Friday, May 27, 2016.

Applications for reserved transits while Condition 2 is in effect will be received beginning at 09:00h on Saturday, May 21, 2016. The Just-in-Time (JIT) transit slots available for supers will be reduced during this period to one for each direction, whereas the JIT slots for regular vessels transiting without restrictions will remain at one for each direction. The booking slot available through the auction process, as well as the slots available for regular vessels less than 300 feet in LOA, will continue to be offered during this period.

Source: Panama Canal Authority