The suspended draft allows fully-laden Suezmax transits 50-foot maximum permits Neopanamax container ship transits Southbound transit waiting times for Supers at eight days The 49.5-foot draft restriction for the Neopanamax locks at the Panama Canal has been suspended, effective immediately and until further notice, according to a recent advisory by the Panama Canal Authority, or ACP.  The maximum draft at the Neopanamax locks had previously been reduced to 49.5 feet, or 15.09 meters, effective March 24. The updated maximum authorized draft allowed for vessels is 50 feet, or 15.24 meters. The ACP said it would continue to monitor the level of Gatun Lake in order to announce future draft adjustments in a timely manner. The suspension of the draft restrictions allows for fully-laden Suezmaxes to continue transiting the Panama Canal, as the tanker class typically requires a […]