May 3, 2005

Panama Canal gets tougher on on-deck container counts

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has issued an advisory noting that from May 1, 2005 there are new requirements relating to vessels with on-deck container carrying capacity, other than full container vessels.

ACP says the information regarding the actual number and size of containers carried on board is critical for the correct application of toll charges to such vessels. It is imperative that the information provided to the ACP regarding the actual number and size of containers carried on or above deck be accurate.

As part of routine inspections, ACP boarding officers will review the information provided by the vessel and, if discrepancies concerning the number and/or size of containers on board are detected, a further detailed inspection may be conducted to thoroughly verify the information. Such discrepancies could result in one or more of the following:

  • Delay of transit
  • A charge to the vessel for the detailed inspection
  • Assessment of applicable sanctions for violations to provisions of the ACP Regulation on Navigation in Panama Canal Waters

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