THE Panama Canal is reporting an "unusual increase in the number of vessels awaiting transit during the past few weeks".
Several measures have been implemented to reduce the backlog, such as the suspension of all maintenance work and the addition of locks personnel, reports GAC Hot Port News.
To increase scheduling flexibility, the number of JIT [Just In Time] transit slots for "supers" more than 90-foot abeam (27 metres) will be reduced to one per direction. "Vessels that have previously been confirmed a JIT transit slot will be honoured," said the authority.
The Panama Canal Authority is closely monitoring the current situation and will implement further measures as deemed necessary to reduce the backlog.
Source : SN-TR.