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Ports & Terminals — By on August 16, 2016 at 7:59 PM


Geelong, Australia
Panama Canal, Panama
Amendment to maximum allowable draught
Tuesday, August 16, 2016, Geelong, Australia
Mariners are advised that the VRCA’s recent introduction of the DUKC (Dynamic Under Keel Clearance) system for all vessels over 10.8 meters draft using the channels of Geelong has enabled the maximum allowable draught for deep draught vessels to be increased from 11.8 meters to 11.9 meters.Owners/ Ship Agents of deep draught vessels are hereby reminded to note the following amendments to the Harbour Masters Directions contained inthe Port Waters of Geelong, Port Operating Handbook (available

Section 3. 4. 3 Page 43 Maximum Allowable Draught
Replace all references to 11.8 meters with 11.9meters.

Section 3. 4 .5 Page 45 Berths
Replace all references to 11.8 meters in the maximum
Draught column with 11.9 meters.

There are no changes with regard to the maximum allowable draughts at Point Henry channel, City channel, Wilson Spit passing channels, Point Richards passing channels and at Corio North 1, 2 and 3 and Corio South 1.

For further information please contact the Duty Geelong Port Marine Controller on 52470300.

Charts & Publications Affected: Aus 157, Aus 153.

(For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at

Source: Victorian Notice To Mariners, Geelong, No.235(T) – 2016 dated 15 August 2016

Canal celebrates anniversary and transit milestone
Tuesday, August 16, 2016, Panama Canal, Panama
The Panama Canal celebrated 102 years of successful operations and service to the global maritime community, just one day after welcoming its 100th transit through the expanded waterway.The two milestones punctuate a year for the Canal which has already been marked by a number of notable achievements.

Less than two months following the Expanded Canal’s historic June 26 Inauguration, the Neopanamax vessel Hanjin Xiamen became the 100th vessel to transit the new locks, passing through the Canal on the morning of Sunday, August 14. The Panama-flagged containership, which measures 294 meters in length and 40 meters in beam, made its northbound transit from the Pacific to Atlantic Ocean, destined for New York.

To ensure the continued reliability of the Canal over the past 102 years, constant maintenance of the original locks has been crucial. And, for that reason, the Panama Canal has invested more than $3.3 billion in improvements of the original waterway in the past 17 years alone.

Some of these investments include:

  • upgrades to its locomotive fleet and tracks;
  • installation of new tie-up and mooring stations to allow additional Panamax vessels to transit, adding tens of millions of tons to the Canal’s annual capacity;
  • deepening of all of the lake channels, increasing draft reliability;
  • replacement of high mast lights in the locks to provide better illumination and extend daylight-hour transits;
  • investments in the Canal’s tugboat fleet that grew from 20 units in year 2000 to 46 new modern units that have been equipped with greater maneuverability, power and technology;
  • and, more precise aids to the Canal’s navigation and vessel tracking system….

….These investments have also allowed the Panama Canal to grow the total amount of tonnage it handles each year, from 228 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS) in 1999, to a record-breaking 340.8 million PC/UMS last year-a 50 percent increase. It is expected that the Panama Canal will continue to increase its annual tonnage during the next five years to approximately 524 million PC/UMS….

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

Source: Extract from Panama Canal Authority press release dated 15 August 2016  


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