The administrator of the Panama Canal said on Wednesday March 20 that he was counting on a return to normal of traffic, restricted due to the lack of precipitation, before February 2025. In the coming weeks the La Niña meteorological phenomenon, which is characterized in Central America by an increase in precipitation, should replace that of El Niño.

Fresh water is essential to move ships through the locks (up to 26 meters above sea level) The number of ships crossing the Isthmus of Panama on an 80 km canal was recently increased from 24 to 27.