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Weather Planning
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Spare Parts &
Boat Outfit

& Equipment

Celestial Navigation
Vessel Conduct
Rules of the Road

Safety Equipment &
Vessel Paperwork

Trip Planning
Maneuvering, Anchoring
& Enroute Checks

Bar Entrances, Passes
& Narrows

Distances Reference
Mariner Math
Port Information
Panama Canal

Vessel Delivery
Selecting a Vessel
Selling Your Boat
Service Providers

Purchase Checklist

Panama Canal

Agents: -
Pete Stevens -
Tina McBride -
S. Scott -
E. Plummer -

Marina Flemenco 8-54.3 79-31.3
East side of Flemenco Is. Ch-10
Shelter Bay Marina 9-22.2 79-56.8
Keep SB green buoys to port
Breakwater to Stb. Ch-74

Prior to Arrival:
Agent Contact. (see info page)
Establish contact and provide all needed information. This should be done no later than one week prior to arrival.

Note: Information must be submitted to the Canal Authority no later than 96 hours prior to arrival.

Pacific: Contact Flemenco Signal Ch-12
Atlantic: Contact Cristobal Control Ch-12
Note: Let them know you if you have an agent and your destination marina.

Agent Required Canal Information
Name of Vessel
Panama Canal Authority Ship ID Number
(if the vessel already has one)
Captain and Owner
Complete name of Captain
Name and address of Vessels Owner
E-mail Address

The Vessel
Radio Call Sign
Registration/Official Nr.
Home Port
Ship Builder/Make
Where Built
Date Built
Cruise speed
Hull Material.
Hull Color
Gross Tons.
Net Tons.
Vessel type
. Motor/Sail
Make and number of main engines.
Engine serial numbers

ETA Cristobal (Atlantic)
ETA Balboa (Pacific)
Last Port before arriving the Canal
Next Port after leaving the Canal

Fuel and Moorage needed on both sides.
Has the vessel transited the Canal before?
Do you have 4 extra crew that are capable of being line handlers?
Do you have the required 4 X 125 ft lines required for transit?
How much fuel do you consume at cruise in 24 hrs?

State the type of transit desired:
Center lock, Side Wall, Tug tied (recommended)
The Crew
List of crew onboard upon arrival.
List of crew onboard upon depature.
Name, DOB, Place of Birth, Age, Nat, Passport Nr.

Note: Persons arriving Panama embarking on the boat
And then departing will require a special Visa. Ensure that Agent has complete list of persons arriving and who will be departing with the boat.

Chain of events
Upon arrival:
Boarded by Customs, Immigration, Health.
Agent will Schedule Canal Authority to board and
Admeasure the boat. Ship ID will be issued.
Once fee has been deposited, vessel will be placed on the schedule.
Note: Wiring funds to Canal Authority via the Agent in advance is recommended.

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