Vessel transit scheduling at the panama canal

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This document intends to provide our clients with a better understanding of vessel scheduling in the Panama Canal. For any questions not addressed in this document, please contact our customer service department at
Panama Canal Vessel Traffic Management and Operation

The main objective of the Transit Operations Division of the Panama Canal Authority is to provide all vessels with a safe, reliable, and expeditious transit through the Canal.
The Marine Traffic Control Unit of the Transit Operations Division is responsible for the scheduling, coordination, and monitoring of vessel traffic through the Panama Canal, including the terminal ports of Balboa, in the Pacific side, and Cristobal, in the Atlantic side. The daily elaboration of the vessel transit schedule is an extremely complex process due to a number of rules, regulations, restrictions, and conditions that exist in the Canal. Weather, vessel mix and availability of resources are also some of the conditions that influence the daily schedule.

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