28 March 2023
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The Panama Canal will implement a Green Vessel Classification program

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced the implementation of the Green Vessel Classification System, a part of the Panama Canal Green Route Plan 2050 and the Carbon Neutrality Commitment by 2030.

Under the Green Vessel Classification System, three internationally recognized criteria have been identified: 1) Energy Efficiency Design Index, 2) Bow thruster (horsepower) / Arrival displacement (TSWD) ratio, and 3) Type of fuel.

Consequently, as part of the mandatory documentation to be provided by vessels intending to transit, the ACP will require the appropriate information for each criteria, effective May 1, 2023.

This information will be used to create a database that will allow the Panama Canal to assess the technical, environmental, and technological characteristics of transiting vessels.

Source: ACP

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