For several days, dozens of ships have been blocked at the entrance to the Panama Canal due to its shallow waters. The authorities are obliged to restrict access in order to preserve the canal.
More than 13,000 ships a year normally use this passage, which is one of the world’s most important, avoiding the need to bypass South America.
The canal has always been used to major traffic jams, but rarely on this scale. Ships wishing to use the canal that have not yet departed from the port of departure should plan to use lighter boats or reduce the amount of cargo they carry. Otherwise, they will have to be patient at the entrance to the canal, and wait for conditions to improve before crossing.