Panama Canal orders floating dry dock

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has an approved project for the acquisition of a Floating Dry Dock with its own dedicated breasting quay. It is anticipated that construction should be finished no later than September 2021. The invitation to tender was published on the ACP web page.

The project, explained the document, will be contracted out through public tender and awarded to a contractor. It is expected that the request for proposals will be published within the next five months of the current year, 2019.

Panama Canal orders floating dry dockThe ACP specifications indicate that the floating dry dock must be capable of dry docking a vessel on keel blocks. The dry docked vessel parameters are 116 meters in length, 33 meters in molded beam, 10 meters of light draft and 10,000 metric tons of light displacement.

The quay must be approximately 165 meters in length and 10 meters in width, with a minimum load bearing capacity of 3.5 metric tons per square meter.

Another requirement is that the company which wins the bid will have experience in the construction of this kind of structure and knowledge in the design of both: floating dry docks and corresponding breasting quays.

The dock will be equipped with three fixed pedestal mounted cranes with 360° movement, luffing booms, two on the shore side wing wall and the third on the water side wind wall.

The floating dry dock final destination will be the ACP Shipyard, located at the Atlantic area of the Canal at Mount Hope, Colon.

It is unknown how much the construction of the structure will cost or if the tender has been awarded.

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