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Panama Canal Works through Vessel Backlog after ‘Unusual’ Traffic Increase

(Journal of Commerce)

Officials at the Panama Canal are working their way through a significant vessel backlog after an “unusual” increase in the number of ships awaiting transit began to back up on either side of the waterway weeks ago.

Thursday, there were 35 vessels active in the Panama Canal zone, 20 moving and 15 stationary, according to Keith Bucco trade analyst with JOC. Bucco reported nine container ships awaiting transit on the Pacific anchor and four on the Atlantic anchor.

“Several measures have been implemented to reduce the backlog,” the canal authority said in a statement this week, “such as the suspension of all maintenance work and the addition of locks personnel.” Click here to read more.