USDA Grain Transportation Report (8/4): ​Panama Canal Plans Lock Closures For Maintenance Work

The Panama Canal Authority is closing the west lane of the canal’s Gatun Panamax Locks for four hours per day on Aug. 11, 17, 18, and 23 to perform scheduled maintenance work.

During the outages, the locks’ daily transit capacity is estimated at 31-33 vessels — down from the normal capacity of 34-36 vessels.

On Aug. 28, the west lane of the Gatun Locks is scheduled to close for five hours, reducing capacity slightly, to 30-32 vessel hours per day.

No major delays are anticipated.

On Sept. 1, the same locks are scheduled for eight days of major outage, reducing the capacity to 21-23 vessel hours per day.

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

The majority of U.S. grain destined for Asia transits the canal.

This article comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Aug. 4, 2022, Grain Transportation Report.