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24 de Oct de 2020

Nacional

Dredging job goes to Belgium

PANAMA. The contract to dredge the Panama Canal’s Atlantic entrance has been won by the Belgian company Jan De Nul N. V.

PANAMA. The contract to dredge the Panama Canal’s Atlantic entrance has been won by the Belgian company Jan De Nul N. V.

The company is part of the consortium Grupos Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) which is building the third set of locks. Their bid of $89.6 million was the lowest presented and included an option to dredge an additional 2.3 million cubic meters for approximately $16.4 million.

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has 45 days to exercise the option.

Other bidders included: Joint Venture Boskalis-Dredging International at $177.6 million; Van Oord Dredging at $162.2 million; China Harbour Engineering Co at $116.7 million; and Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co at $195.9 million.

The Atlantic entrance dredging project will enable larger, wider ships to reach the new locks.

The dredging will lower the Canal bed to 15.5 meters below the mean low water level and involves dredging around 14.8 million cubic meters and excavating 800 thousand cubic meters.

The area to be dredged on the Atlantic entrance extends approximately 13.8 kilometers. The work also includes widening the existing Atlantic entrance channel from 198 meters to a minimum of 225 meters and the north approach channel to a minimum of 218 meters. The ACP expects expansion to be completed by 2014.