This is an interesting article that gives us the costs of bringing a private vessel through the canal. Seems very cheap when you consider a trip around the tip of South America!
|By: Capt. Pat Rains | Thursday, February 28, 2008 12:00:00 AM|
|Last updated: Thursday, February 28, 2008 2:52:00 PM|
Higher fees blamed on rising cost of fuel, canal improvements.
Every yacht transiting the canal requires the use of ACP line handlers. They’re the guys in hard hats who toss down the monkey-fists, secure the eye-ends of your 125-foot canal lines over bollards atop the lock walls, and carry the your lines into the next chambers.
The present “transit fee” of $600 for a yacht smaller than 50 feet (admeasuring length overall) will increase to about $642, according to the ACP’s Marine Notice to Shipping. Yachts 50- to 79-foot yachts will pay about $910 for the transit fee, up from $850. Yachts to up to 99 feet in length will pay $1,177; and yachts measuring 100 to 124 feet will pay $1,712 in transit fees