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Panama Canal, Panama
Cochin, India
Changes to pricing structure by definition of vessel types
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, Panama Canal, Panama
The Panama Canal Authority has announced a change to the vessel type definitions for its pricing structure.

As advised in its Advisory to Shipping No.A-34-2017, with effect from 1 October 2017, container/breakbulk vessels from the segment “others” will be reassigned to the general cargo segment.

The revised definition and ship type code for container/breakbulk vessels is as follows:

Container/Break Bulk Ship (06). A vessel specially designed to carry containers and/or break bulk cargoes below deck. This type of vessel will typically have full width hatches and boxed holds for the carriage of break bulk cargo and/or containers and many are fitted with gantry cranes.

Market Segment: General Cargo
– Ship Types: Container/ Breakbulk Ship – Ship Type Code: 06

For further details and information about operations in the Panama Canal contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at

Sunken vessel in shipping channel
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, Cochin, India

Following the sinking of the fishing vessel in the main shipping channel at the harbour mouth, we are unable to handle ships of over 10m draft. As the wreck is located close to the center line of the channel there is not enough width for the bigger ships to pass through.

The contract for removal of the wreck has been entrusted to a private party and they have been engaged in operations to sling the boat lying at the bottom and thereafter lifting the sunken fishing vessel off the bottom to take it out of the dredged shipping channel. On completion of the wreck removal, the operations will be resumed as before with full draft.

Salvage operations are very complex operations given the difficult environment they are carried out in. Divers work in depths of 15m where there is zero visibility and they are much affected by the flow of water due to tidal movement…

…While the salvage operations are going on we cannot carry out shipping operations as the salvers need to maneuver the crane barge (Ro Ro) as required for the salvage and shipping operations will hinder their operations. So while the salvage operations are ongoing we have restrictions on the time as well as the draft and length of vessel through the channel. The timings are announced in advance to permit scheduling of movements accordingly…

(For information about operations in India contact GAC India at

Source: Harbour Master, Cochin Port Trust  

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