USDA: Panama Canal Sets Lane Closures For April 26 and 28

On April 26, the east lane of the Panama Canal’s Gatum Panamax Locks will be out of service for six hours for scheduled maintenance work.

During the outage, the locks’ daily transit capacity is estimated at 29-31 vessels — down from the normal capacity of 34-36 vessels.

Also, on April 28, the west lane of the locks will be out of service for 12 hours for scheduled maintenance work.

Daily transit capacity during this time is estimated at 25-27 vessels (down from 34-36 vessels, normally).

No major delays are anticipated.

The locks’ exact transit capacity depends on vessel mix, transit restrictions, and other factors.

The Panama Canal is a vital outlet for U.S. grain destined to Asia.

This article comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) April 21, 2022, Grain Transportation Report.