Canal Transit Temporarily Suspended

The Panama Canal Authority temporarily suspended transit through the waterway.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

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

He added that they are already taking steps to normalize the situation during the course of the next few hours.

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Transit through the canal was resumed after temporary closing caused by heavy rains.

On Wednesday, December 8, at about noon the decision was made to close the Canal in order to ensure safe passage.

"The Gatun and Alajuela lakes reached record levels due to heavy rains at the basin of Alajuela, forcing preventive dam spills in Gatun and Madden; it was reported in a note by the Panama Canal Authority," reports

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