El Niño Drought to Impact Shipping Through Panama Canal

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is once again scheduled draft restrictions for all ships passing through Canal due to a continued drought in the region related to this season's strong El Niño.   The ACP says these temporary and preventive measures are due to low water levels in the Gatun and Alhajuela Lakes caused by drought in the … [Read more...]

Pacific Ocean Is Abnormally Warm But Don’t Panic Yet

The Pacific Ocean is warm. Very warm. Last week, NOAA's U.S. Climate Prediction Center announced temperatures reached 3 degrees Celsius (5.6 Fahrenheit) above normal in a key section of the Pacific called Nino 3.4, touching off a Twitter typhoon among some El Nino watchers alarmed that they were so high. Monday, the agency said readings had edged up to 3.1 … [Read more...]

Panama Canal Draft Restrictions Lifted

  The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) said Friday that recent rainfall and water management measures means that upcoming draft restrictions for vessels using the waterway won't be necessary.  The restrictions were to enter into force beginning September 8th, but recent rain, water management and the deepening on navigation channels have made it so the … [Read more...]