Maximum vessel transits via Panama Canal capped at 31

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The Panama Canal is reducing the maximum number of ships transiting the waterway each day from 32 to 31 due to a drought that has led to a shortage of freshwater needed to operate the locks. Under normal conditions, the canal can handle an average of 36 to 38 ships daily. Nine ships per day will be allowed to use the NeoPanamax locks, while 22 will use the older Panamax locks. The canal’s authority has guaranteed a draft of 44 feet for ships, as 70% of ships using the waterway require at least that depth. Insufficient rainfall in the watershed system supplying water to the canal and Panama City is causing the issue.

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