As we approach the rainy season, the Panama Canal Authority recently introduced additional transit slots per day. After closely monitoring the development over the past weeks, we are pleased to announce that Maersk will reinstate the Panama Canal transit on our OC1 service effective May 10th, 2024. The service will return to its pre-existing rotation that was in place prior to the current “two-loop” setup established with the Panama Rail connection, which will be phased out by the end of May.


OC1 current rotation (two-loop set up):

063 Service: Balboa > Tauranga > Sydney > Melbourne > Port Chalmers > Tauranga > Balboa
062 Service: Philadelphia > Charleston > Manzanillo > Philadelphia

OC1 new rotation (single loop):

061 Service: Philadelphia > Charleston > Panama Canal > Balboa > Tauranga > Sydney > Melbourne > Port Chalmers > Tauranga > Panama Canal > Manzanillo > Cristobal > Cartagena

Effective dates: Origin Departure & Canal Transit by direction

Direction Vessel Name Voyage Departure Port First Call Port ETA Panama Canal ETA (DD/MM/YY)
Vessel Name
Maersk Inverness
419S (Departure Voyage)
Departure Port
Philadelphia (First Call)
First Call Port ETA
7th of May 2024
Panama Canal ETA (DD/MM/YY)
17th of May 2024
Vessel Name
Spirit of Auckland
016N (Departure Voyage)
Departure Port
Sydney (First Call)
First Call Port ETA
16th of April
Panama Canal ETA (DD/MM/YY)
20th of May 2024

If you have further questions on how this service change impacts your supply chain, we encourage you to visit or liaise with your local Maersk customer service representative.

We want to thank you for your continuous support as we remain committed to adjusting our network to minimize the impact of the current disruption to your supply chain. We look forward to continuously serving your global transportation needs.

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