The suspension was due to high water levels at lakes Gatun and Alajuela as a result of heavy rains.
"Executive Vice President of Operations for the ACP, Manuel Benitez, said the decision was made because transit through the Canal could be affected by the Chagres River currents, which flows into the channel at Gamboa and flows to Alajuela," reports Prensa.com.
In the first quarter of 2009, the tonnage of freight transported through the canal declined by 3.3% and ship transit fell by 1.4%.
The most affected segment of vessel transit was vehicle carriers, mainly due to the sharp drop in car sales in the United States, followed by containerships and cruise ships, which also reported declines.
A total of 3,821 boats travelled through the Panama Canal in the April-to-June period this year, 95 more than did so last year. It's a 2.5 percent increase, according to the state agency that administers inter-ocean navigation.
"Although we are seeing a slowdown in growth of the world economy, the Panama Canal increased its traffic, both in transit and tonnage, during the quarter," said the executive vice-president of operations of the Panama Canal Authority, Manuel Benítez.
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Operates in Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua
Phone: (507) 210-6512
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Operates in Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica
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