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Panama Canal, Panama
Brussels, Belgium
Implementation of First Draft Restriction
Tuesday, March 22, 2016, Panama Canal, Panama
Effective April 18, 2016, the maximum authorized transit draft will be set at 11.89 meters (39.0 feet), Tropical Fresh Water (TFW), as follows:

  • Vessels loaded to drafts over 11.89 meteres (39.0 feet) priori to or on March 21, 2016, will have this draft restriction waived for transit, subject to safety considerations.
  • Vessels loaded after March 21, 2016, shall comply with this new draft limitation.
  • Vessels arriving with drafts over 11.89 meters (39.0 feet), TFW, may be allowed to transit after this date depending on the level of Gatun Lake at the time of transit. Otherwise, they will be required to trim or off-load cargo in order to transit.

As in the past, draft restrictions will be implemented in 15-centimeter (six-inch) decrements ata time, with each restriction announced at least four weeks in advance. Vessels already loaded to the prevailing draft limitation at the time of announcing the new draft restriction will have this restriction waived for transit, subject to safety considerations.

The maximum authorized transit draft is the deepest point of immersion in TFW allowexd for each particular vessel in Gatun Lake, which has a density of 0.9954 at 29.4 deg. C (85 deg. F). However, vessels shall arrive at Canal waters with no list.

The Panama Canal Authority will eliminate these draft restrictions as soon as Gatun Lake level returns to normal.

(For information about operations in the Panama Canal contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com)

Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No.A-12-2016 dated 21 March 2016

Airport and Metro closed after explosions
Tuesday, March 22, 2016, Brussels, Belgium
Brussels Airport is closed and all incoming flights have been diverted to other European destinations, following two explosions at about 0800 hours this morning (Tuesday 22 March).Shortly afterwards, there was a blast at the Maelbeek station in the Brussels Metro system. The city’s bus, tram and Metro systems have all been closed and the city is effectively unreachable by air or road. Eurostar has now cancelled services in and out of Brussels Midi.According to reports, the country has raised its terror threat from level three to the maximum level four.

So far, however, operations at Belgian seaports are continuing as usual.

For information about operations in Belgium, contact GAC Belgium at agency.antwerp@gac.com

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