Please select your home edition
Marine Resources 2019 - Leaderboard

Panama Canal: Toll increase approved

by Noonsite 16 Sep 2019 10:18 UTC
Panama Canal: Toll increase approved © Ocean Cruising Club

After seven years of no increase and a public consultation period that ended on July 15th, Panama's Cabinet Council have approved the modified Panama Canal tolls, which will see rates double for small craft from 1st of January 2020.

Rates for small vessels have risen taking into consideration the resources required for transit.

Current tolls:

Less than 15.24m (50ft): $800
15.24m-24.384m (50-80ft): $1,300
24.384m-30.480m (80-100ft): $2,000
More than 30.480m (100ft): $3,200

New tolls effective January 1, 2020:

Less than 19.812m (65ft): $1,600
19.812m-24.384m (65-80ft): $2,400
24.384m-30.480m (80-100ft): $3,500
More than 30.480m (100ft): $4,100

For specific information about the newly approved tolls structure, please visit the Panama Canal's website:

Many skippers planning a transit of the Panama Canal this coming season will want to catch the current tariff and are already contacting Panama agents to enquire about possible loopholes.

Erick Galvez of agency Centenario & Co. told Noonsite;

"Several sailors have asked if they get admeasured and pay in December, but transit in January/February (since the inspection is valid for two months), will the old toll still apply.

"My answer has been that neither the Canal Admeasurement Office, Canal Billing Department nor Panama Maritime Chamber has announced this as an option. Once sailors transit as of 1st of January 2020, they will apply the new toll raise. Therefore, if a skipper pays in December but transits the following year, the extra toll charge will be taken out of the buffer fee."

Should an announcement be made by the Canal Authorities about pre-payment in 2019 for early 2020 transits, it will be reported on Noonsite.

Erick and many other clearance agents are now making themselves available throughout December 24/7 in anticipation of a busy start to the season.

Related Links:

Related Articles

Long journey home
Hundreds of anxious sailors are preparing to make dangerous voyages home across the Atlantic With a 3,600-mile non-stop solo sail across the Atlantic ahead of him, Garry Crothers is a little anxious. But he has to get moving before the hurricane season. “I'm in a bad place here, I don't have any choice,” he says. Posted on 14 May
Mismatch between land and seafloor debris revealed
Research showed general mismatch between what is located on shorelines and what remains on seafloor Statistical analysis by CSIRO scientists suggests that buoyancy, as well as the tendency to snag, most closely predicts whether an item found on the beach will also appear under the water. Posted on 7 May
On hold under lockdown in New Zealand
All voyages, passages and plans are off Please wait here...this sign appeared weeks ago at the local grocery store and it sums up our time in a New Zealand marina under Covid-19 lockdown measures. All voyages, passages and plans are off. Posted on 27 Apr
The great Caribbean shut down
Coronavirus has proved to be a world-changing event Like most of you I am sitting on my boat, not where I thought I would be at this time, somewhat in limbo, with no idea if anything is going to change in the coming weeks, or where we might be welcome. Posted on 20 Apr
The 5 capes Seaburban around alone
Solo sailor and non-stop using only traditional navigational tools Gabriola Island resident Bert ter Hart is hoping to be the first North American to complete a single-handed, non-stop West-about circumnavigation via the five Southern Great Capes using only traditional non-electronic navigational tools. Posted on 18 Apr
The world-first 'cloud brightening' technology
SIMS and Southern Cross University successfully trialled world-first 'cloud brightening' technology As the world grapples with COVID-19, the Great Barrier Reef is facing a crisis of its own - its third mass bleaching in five years. Posted on 18 Apr
Calling all boat bimblers!
Show us what you've been up to this winter, or are doing now! If you have spent the winter engrossed in boat DIY, whether it was small modifications or massive rebuilds, would love to hear from you. We think it's time to share your story with the world. Posted on 29 Mar
University of Gothenburg ice research
Floating ice walls partly deflect warm ocean currents The research was led by the University of Gothenburg and used data and research from CSIRO. Floating ice walls - the edge of the floating ice shelf - are connected to landmass. Icebergs detach from ice shelves to join the ocean. Posted on 2 Mar
Good news from the Maldives
Clearance costs are set to reduce substantially Historically a country that favored land-based tourists more than those arriving on their own keel, Maldives clearance costs are set to reduce substantially from 1st April, 2020 in an effort to make this island group more cruiser/sailor friendly. Posted on 29 Feb
Passage season from Panama across the Pacific
Some important changes to note this year Passage season from Panama across the Pacific is upon us with the Galapagos, French Polynesia and Pacific islands gearing up for the seasonal influx of yachts. Posted on 27 Feb
Vaikobi 2019AUG - Footer 2Marine Resources 2019 - FooterGrapefruit Graphics 2019 - Footer