The International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) is currently running a five-day Dredging Seminar in Panama (April 11-15).
During the first two days of the seminar, 32 participants from 13 countries visited the artificial islands of Punta Pacifica and a rock loading facility in Vacamonte.
The Punta Pacifica land reclamation project, being undertaken by Boskalis, involves constructing the second artificial island in the Pacific Ocean off the densely populated shoreline of Panama City.
Nine hectares of land will be created by using approximately 600,000 cubic meters of rock to form a perimeter and filling it with 1.3 million cubic meters of sand.
This project follows the successful construction of the first island by Boskalis, which was handed over to the client in early 2013.
This EUR 55 million land reclamation scheme started in the second half of 2015 and is expected to be wrapped up in 2017.
About the seminar
Some of the most important dredging projects of the last decade have taken place in the Panama Canal and more projects and works are going on or being planned for the future.
Expectations are that by 2025 the expansion of the Panama Canal will triple its container traffic over the base year 2005.
That’s why OAS-CIP (the Organization of American States – the Inter-American Committee on Ports) has asked IADC to organize its educational seminar for the first time in Panama.