The Panama Canal Authority announced a new maximum draft restriction of 43 feet, or 13.11 meters, the sixth since January, in the Gatun Lakes, which will come into effect May 28. Receive daily email alerts, subscriber notes & personalize your experience. Register Now The current maximum draft is set at 44 feet, or 13.41 meters, which came into effect April 30 and was announced April 1. The continued tightening of draft restrictions in the Gatun Lakes are based on the projected precipitation and water levels of the lake in the coming weeks. Further draft adjustments would be announced in 12-inch, or 30.5-cm, decrements, with advance notice of four weeks, the ACP said Friday. Ships arriving after May 28 with drafts exceeding the 43-foot level may be allowed to transit, depending on the Gatun Lakes’ water level at the time, according to the ACP. If water levels are […]