According to Advisory to Shipping No. A-17-2022 issued on May 6, the west lane of the Panama Canal’s Gatum Panamax Locks will be out of service for 12 hours on May 19 for maintenance work.
On May 20, the Locks’ east lane will be out of service for 12 hours for maintenance work.
During these outages, the locks’ daily transit capacity is estimated at 24-26 vessels—down from the normal capacity of 34-36 vessels.
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.