Panama Canal

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Panama Canal, Panama
Panama Canal, Panama | © Abhishek Singh Chouhan

Panama Canal: tourist information

The Panama Canal is an artificial 48-mile waterway in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and is a key conduit for international maritime trade.

The Canal uses a system of locks -compartments with entrance and exit gates. The locks function as water lifts: they raise ships from sea level (the Pacific or the Atlantic) to the level of Gatun Lake (26 meters above sea level); ships then sail the channel through the Continental Divide.

Each set of locks bears the name of the townsite where it was built: Gatun (on the Atlantic side), and Pedro Miguel and Miraflores (on the Pacific side).

The lock chambers -steps-- are 33.53 meters wide by 304.8 meters long. The maximum dimensions of ships that can transit the Canal are: 32.3 meters in beam; draft -their depth reach- 12 meters in Tropical Fresh Water; and 294.1 meters long (depending on the type of ship).

The water used to raise and lower vessels in each set of locks comes from Gatun Lake by gravity; it comes into the locks through a system of main culverts that extend under the lock chambers from the sidewalls and the center wall.

The narrowest portion of the Canal is Culebra Cut, which extends from the north end of Pedro Miguel Locks to the south edge of Gatun Lake at Gamboa. This segment, approximately 13.7 kilometers long, is carved through the rock and shale of the Continental Divide.

Ships from all parts of the world transit daily through the Panama Canal. Some 13 to 14 thousand vessels use the Canal every year. In fact, commercial transportation activities through the Canal represent approximately 5% of the world trade.

The Canal has a work force of approximately 9 thousand employees and operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing transit service to vessels of all nations without discrimination.


  • Country: Panama
  • Capital: Panama City/Panama
  • Government: Panama
  • State/Region: Panamá Oeste
  • Time Zone: -5 GMT
  • Language: Spanish
  • Latitude: 9.1425882
  • Longitude: -79.8644815
  • Est. Population: 3990901
  • Currency: Balboa
  • Fire: Emergency : 103
  • Police: Emergency : 104
  • Hospital: Hospital Nacional - Address: Av. Cuba, entre Calle 38 y 39, Panamá, Panama ; Phone:+507 207-8100
  • Ambulance & Rescue: General Number : 911
  • General: Emergency : 911
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    Panama Canal, Panama | © Norman Light

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    Panama Canal, Panama
    Panama Canal, Panama | © Martin Fryč

    Panama Canal in the News

    Port rating and occupancy

    Port of Panama Canal ranks 149th in the world in terms of the number of tourists visiting it.

    Number of cruise ship calls in the coming year: 141.

    The total number of tourists (passengers) of cruise ships in the port of Panama Canal in the next 12 months is 276449.

    According to the popularity rating among more than 1,000 cruise ports in the world, Panama Canal ranks 183.

    Weather in Panama Canal

    Mar 28
    Min/Max temp: 75°F (24°C) / 82°F (28°C)
    Rain (light rain), small wind
    Mar 29
    Min/Max temp: 75°F (24°C) / 82°F (28°C)
    Rain (light rain), small wind
    Mar 30
    Min/Max temp: 75°F (24°C) / 82°F (28°C)
    Rain (light rain), small wind
    Mar 31
    Min/Max temp: 75°F (24°C) / 82°F (28°C)
    Rain (light rain), small wind
    Apr 1
    Min/Max temp: 75°F (24°C) / 82°F (28°C)
    Rain (light rain), small wind
    Apr 2
    Min/Max temp: 75°F (24°C) / 82°F (28°C)
    Rain (light rain), small wind
    Apr 3
    Min/Max temp: 75°F (24°C) / 84°F (29°C)
    Rain (light rain), small wind
    Apr 4
    Min/Max temp: 75°F (24°C) / 84°F (29°C)
    Rain (light rain), small wind

    Current water temperature in Panama Canal now is 79°F (25.9°C)

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    Min/Max temp: 81°F (27°C) / 88°F (31°C)
    Min/Max temp: 81°F (27°C) / 88°F (31°C)
    Min/Max temp: 81°F (27°C) / 88°F (31°C)
    Min/Max temp: 81°F (27°C) / 88°F (31°C)
    Min/Max temp: 81°F (27°C) / 86°F (30°C)
    Min/Max temp: 82°F (28°C) / 88°F (31°C)
    Min/Max temp: 81°F (27°C) / 86°F (30°C)
    Min/Max temp: 81°F (27°C) / 86°F (30°C)
    Min/Max temp: 81°F (27°C) / 86°F (30°C)
    Min/Max temp: 79°F (26°C) / 86°F (30°C)
    Min/Max temp: 79°F (26°C) / 84°F (29°C)
    Min/Max temp: 81°F (27°C) / 86°F (30°C)
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