Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte yesterday visited the artificial island constructed by Boskalis off the coast of the Punta Pacifica, Panama City, to place the first stones for the second island project.
Nine hectares of land will be created by placing approximately 600,000 cubic meters of rock to form a perimeter and filling this with 1.3 million cubic meters of sand.
Boskalis will use tugboats and barges to transport the rock and a clamshell and excavators to install the rock perimeter. Thereafter, the island will be filled with sand supplied by a large trailing suction hopper dredger.
The project also includes the construction of a bridge to connect the two islands.
Mike Eman (PM of Aruba), José Isabel Blandon (Mayor of Panama) and Claret Connor (Minister of Tourism of Saint Martin) also attended the ceremony.