21 April 2017
Panama Canal, Panama
Modification to fuel requirements in Canal waters
OP Notice to Shipping N-1-2017, “Vessel Requirements”, Section 29.a, requires that vessels complete the switch (changeover) from heavy fuel oil (residual fuel) to light fuel (distillate fuel) that will be used for their propulsion engines, auxiliary engines, boilers and other ancillary equipment, prior to arriving at Panama Canal waters. This requirement will resolve operational issues, as well as avoid any negative impact on the health of Panama Canal Authority (ACP) personnel, caused by the use of HFO while in Canal waters.
As a result of customers’ requests, and after evaluating the possible impact a modification to this requirement may have on our operations, to include health issues for ACP personnel, the above listed requirement has been modified as follows:
All vessels that arrive with the intention of transiting, shall record the fuel changeover in their engine room logbook and/or fuel oil changeover logbook. The logbook entries shall specify the date and time of commencement and ending of the changeover from heavy (residual) fuel to light (distillate) fuel, as well as the sulfur content of fuels.
(For information about operations in the Panama Canal contact GAC-Wlford & McKay at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Source: Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Advisory To Shipping No.A-15-2017 dated April 19, 2017