Panamanian Dredging Kickoff

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Manning the controls of a large cutter suction dredge, Panamanian President Martín Torrijos kicked off the Pacific sea entrance dredging work for the waterway’s expansion on Nov. 17.

He was accompanied by First Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Samuel Lewis Navarro, Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Board Chair and Minister of Canal Affairs Dani Kuzniecky and ACP Administrator/CEO Alberto Alemán Zubieta.

In April 2008, the ACP awarded Belgium-based Dredging International the $177.5 million contract to dredge the Pacific sea entrance, an essential component of the Canal’s Expansion Program that will provide enough draft and width for longer, wider ships to enter the new locks.

President Torrijos was on hand to initiate the work of Dredging International’s cutter suction dredge The Vlaanderen XIX. It will be used to remove approximately 1.5 million cubic meters of soft material on the northern most areas of the Pacific sea entrance. A stationary dredger which makes use of a cutter head to loosen the material to be dredged, The Vlaanderen XIX pumps the dredged material via a pipeline ashore to a designated site.

When the Pacific sea entrance dredging contract concludes, the dredging project will have widened the navigation channel to a minimum of 738 feet (225 m) and deepened it to a minimum of 51 feet (15.5 m) below Mean Low Water Springs (MLWS).  


The ACP is the autonomous agency of the Government of Panama in charge of managing, operating and maintaining the Panama Canal. The ACP is governed by its organic law and the regulations approved by its Board of Directors.

(www.pancanal.com)

Maritime Reporter August 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Dredging

Damen Delivers Tug to Bremenports

Bremenports, the management company for the twin German ports of Bremen and Bremenhaven, took delivery of its first Damen-built vessel – a Stan Tug (Stu) 1606.

Sacramento & Stockton Ship Channel Dredge Contract for Ross Sand & Gravel

The US Department of Defense inform that Ross Sand and Gravel, Portland, Oregon, has been awarded a US$24,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance dredging

News

Coast Guard Foundation to Honor Longtime Supporter

National Tribute Set for Thursday, October 9, 2014 The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families,

Suncor Sends First Tanker of Western Canada Heavy Crude to Europe

Canada's largest oil and gas producer, Suncor Energy Inc, is shipping its first ever tanker of Western Canadian heavy crude from Canada's East Coast to Europe, a company spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Pivotal to Deliver LNG to Carib for use in Puerto Rico

Pivotal LNG, Inc., a subsidiary of AGL Resources, announced this week a long-term agreement to sell liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Crowley Maritime Corp. subsidiary Carib Energy LLC (Carib).

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Port Authority Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2449 sec (4 req/sec)