Vessels arrested transiting Panama Canal for non-payment of fees

North P&I Club has reported that a number of vessels had been arrested recently whilst transiting the Panama Canal due to non-payment of fees to the Ocean Pollution Control (OPC). The issues appear to have arisen due to changes in the OPC billing arrangements, said North, stating that if Members had concerns regarding fees demanded by the OPC they should contact their local agent at Panama or the local P&I correspondent for clarification.