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Panama Canal, Panama
Panama Canal, Panama
Expansion inauguration date announced
Thursday, March 24, 2016, Panama Canal, Panama
The Panama Canal Expansion will be officially inaugurated on Sunday, June 26, 2016.The announcement was made [on 23 March] during the inauguration ceremony of the Canal’s state-of-the-art Scale Model Maneuvering Training Facility, which will provide additional hands-on experience to pilots and tugboat captains to operate in the Expanded Panama Canal….….The Expansion Program is currently 97% complete. Final testing will be conducting in the following weeks, leading up to the official inauguration of the Expanded Canal on June 26, 2016.

(For information about operations in the Panama Canal contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at

Source: Extract from Panama Canal Authority press release dated 23 March 2015

Locks outage scheduled
Thursday, March 24, 2016, Panama Canal, Panama
Beginning at 2200 hours on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, until 0800 hours on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 (10 hours), the WEST lane of Gatun Locks will be out of service in order to perform repairs and trials on ACP Caisson No.2. This outage is required to prepare the caisson for upcoming lane outages and to ensure safe conditions during locks maintenance works.As a result, and in accordance with the rules governing the Transit Reservations System, Condition 1.a will be in effect on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.Applications for reserved transits while Condition 1.a is in effect will be received beginning at 0900 hours on Sunday, March 27, 2016. The Just-In-Time (JIT) transit slots, as well as the booking slot available through the Auction Process, and the slots available for regular vessels less than 200 feet in LOA, will continue to be offered during this period.

(For information about operations in the Panama Canal contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at

Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No.A-13-2016 dated 23 March 2015

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