Maximum Authorized Draft for the Neopanamax Locks
Based on the present and projected levels of Gatun Lake for the following weeks, the
Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announces that, effective April 10, 2019, the Maximum
Authorized Draft for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks will be 13.72 meters (45.0 feet)
Tropical Fresh Water (TFW).
Vessels arriving after April 10, 2019, with drafts over 13.72 meters (45.0 feet) TFW may be allowed to
transit, depending on the actual level of Gatun Lake at the time of transit. Otherwise, they will be
required to trim or off-load cargo in order to be allowed to transit.
Draft adjustments will be announced in 12-inch (30.5 cm) decrements, generally with at least four
weeks advanced notice.