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Four consortia vie to design and build new locks for Panama Canal

Canal Expansioneyefortransport.com - In what will be the largest contract under the Panama Canal’s Expansion Program – to design and build the new locks – the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has received statements of qualifications yesterday from the four consortia vying for the job. The Expansion Program will build a new lane of traffic along the Panama Canal through the construction of a new set of locks, which will double capacity and allow more traffic and longer, wider ships. The four consortia comprise thirty companies from thirteen countries:
  • * Consorcio C.A.N.A.L.
  • * Consortia members: ACS Servicios, Comunicaciones y Energía (Spain), Acciona Infraestructuras (Spain), Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (Spain), Hochtief Construction (Germany), Constructoras ICA (Mexico)
  • * Designers: Sener Ingeniería y Sistemas (Spain), Haskoning Nederland (Holland), Hochtief Consult (Germany), Mott Macdonald (UK)
  • * Gate manufacturers: ACS Servicios, Comunicaciones y Energía (Spain)

  • * Consorcio Atlántico-Pacífico de Panamá
  • * Consortia members: Bouygues Travaux Publics (France), Bilfinger Berger (Germany), VINCI Construction Grands Projets (France), Construcoes e Comercio Camargo Correa (Brazil), Construtora Andrade Gutierrez (Brazil), Construtora Queiroz Galvao (Brazil), ALSTOM Hydro Energia Brasil (France), BARDELLA Industrias Mecánicas (Brazil)
  • * Designers: AECOM (US)
  • * Gate manufacturers: ALSTOM Hydro Energia Brasil (France)

  • * Bechtel, Taisei, Mitsubishi Corp
  • * Consortia members: Bechtel Internacional (US), Taisei Corp (Japan), Mitsubishi Corp (Japan)
  • * Designers: Bechtel Internacional (US)
  • * Gate manufacturers: Wuchang Shipyard (China)

  • * Grupo Unidos por el Canal
  • * Consortia members: Sacyr Vallehermoso (Spain), Impregilo (Italy), Jan de Nul (Belgium), Constructora Urbana (Panama)
  • * Designers: Montgomery Watson Harza (US), IV-Groep (Holland), Tetra Tech (US)
  • * Gate manufacturers: Heerema Fabrication Group (Holland)



Author: Newsdesk / eyefortransport.com

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Four International Teams Vie For Panama Canal Locks Job

Canal Expansion C.J. Schexnayder for the Engineering News Record - Panamaxed out. Larger locks will mean larger vessels will be able to use the canal in 2014. On Friday, four consortia applied for qualification to build the $3.35-billion locks that will be the heart of the massive expansion to the Panama Canal. When completed, the new lock system will double the capacity of the historic waterway. "The locks project is the most important contract under the Expansion Program, and we foresee strong competition for the project," said Jorge L. Quijano, Executive Vice President of Engineering and Program Management with the Panama Canal Authority. (more) (Photo Credit: C.J. Schexnayder)
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Mexican tycoon wins contract in Panama Canal expansion

Canal Expansion Mercopress.com - A consortium led by Mexican billionaire tycoon Carlos Slim posted the cheapest bid on Wednesday to win the latest small contract to expand the Panama Canal, part of the wider 5.25 billion US dollars project. The consortium beat out competitors from Colombia and the United States, as well as Mexican construction firm ICA, with a bid of 25.5 million for the excavation of 7.5 million cubic meters of earth, the Panama Canal Authority said. The awarding of the contract to the consortium –called Consorcio Cilsa Minera María and registered in Panama and Mexico– depends on its paperwork being in order. There were seven other bidders. The contract is the second, and one of the smallest, of five dredging contracts that the Panama Canal Authority has planned in its effort to double the capacity of the canal by 2014. It is the first contract won by one of Slim's firms, which he also expressed interest in bigger projects yet to be awarded, including the construction of a third set of locks.
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Panama Canal Lures Bidders for $3.2 Billion Project

Canal ExpansionBy Carlos Barletta (Bloomberg) -- The Panama Canal Authority said four consortiums submitted papers indicating they plan to bid on a $3.2 billion contract to install new locks in the waterway. The groups include 30 companies in 13 countries, the authority said today in an e-mailed statement. Participants include Germany's Bilfinger Berger AG, Mexico's Empresas ICA SAB, Japan's Mitsubishi Corp. and Bechtel Group Inc. of the U.S. The locks construction project makes up 60 percent of the total cost of the authority's $5.25 billion expansion plan for the 93-year-old waterway. Widening and deepening the waterway will allow bigger ships to pass through the canal connecting the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. (more)
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Trade in the Americas: Expanding the Panama Canal for the 21st Century

Canal Expansion By Gail Dutton for World Trade Magazine - The Panama Canal Authority is experiencing every company’s dream—a steady influx of business with more than it can handle in the wings. Fueled by the rapid growth of Asian exports, the canal has to expand to remain viable. And when it does, it will ensure that the fleet of post-Panamax (PPX) ships, which grew 143 percent since 2002, can finally transit the canal—raising the threshold of trans-Pacific trade up a magnitude. Today, ships carrying more than 4,000 TEUs generally are too big for the Canal’s existing locks. In planning a new lane, with longer and wider locks and deeper channels, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) expects to double cargo transiting capacity. With that capacity, say industry observers, should come reduced overall shipping costs and expanded shipping options after the new lane opens in 2014, in time for the canal’s centennial. (more)
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Panama Canal Revamp Creates Jobs

Canal ExpansionPanama, Oct 22 (Prensa Latina) The enlargement of the Panama Canal must generate some 42,000 jobs, according to official statistics, although only 300 employments have been created so far. A report published in the newspaper La Prensa says that according to estimates by the administrating authority, four or five indirect jobs will be created per every direct employment. The study adds that more than 1,500 jobs will be created in 2007 and 2007 to enlarge the Panama Canal. The first 300 new jobs are dry excavation contracts started by the firm Constructora Urbana S.A. on September 3. A year after the enlargement works were approved in a popular referendum, Canal Administrator Alberto Aleman is satisfied with results. The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is weighing the possibility to seek investment to finance the works on the local market. ACP Deputy Administrator Jose Barrios said 250-dollar bonds might be issued through the Stock Market, so that they cannot be hoarded by a single company. Construction of a third wider and deeper lock in the Panama Canal will cost 5.25 billion dollars, so it will be a great business for the international banking sector.
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Photo of 1939 US Excavations near Gatun Locks

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Gatun Excavations from 1939 - Click For Full Sized Image
Gatun Excavations from 1939 - Click For Full Sized Image

By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Yesterday morning on a flight to Bocas del Toro we passed over Gatun Lake near the Gatun Locks. In this picture you can clearly see the excavations started in 1939 by the United States as part of a plan to expand the Panama Canal. Those plans were interrupted by the start of World War II and never restarted. The Panama Canal Authority will make use of these excavations, and this photo clearly shows the location of the future locks of the expanded Panama Canal. Please click on the image to see the full sized photo.

Copyright 2007 Text and Image by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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EU to Finance Panama Canal Expansion

Canal ExpansionSeaNews.info - Panama will bank $54m from Europe over the next six years to aid its canal expansion project. A new accord between the EU and the Panama government will guarantee the funds between 2007 and 2013. According to TradeWinds, news of the agreement came as the EU presented a new programme of cooperation between the union and Central America. The EU cash will join a swelling pot of $428m put forward by European banks to help fund the high-profile canal expansion.
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Panama Canal expansion could give a boost to South Florida ports

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A Ship In The Miraflores Locks
A Ship In The Miraflores Locks
Stories by Doreen Hemlock for the Sun Sentinel Staff writer Photos by Carey Wagner, Staff photographer - PANAMA CITY, Panama - Nearly a century after the Panama Canal revolutionized world trade, a massive expansion of the engineering marvel is poised to upend global commerce again, possibly bringing a windfall to South Florida. This small Central American nation is investing more than $5 billion to double capacity at its water highway for mega-freighters that can't fit. The seven-year expansion will ease all water travel for the fast-rising flow of Asian products to U.S. consumers on the Atlantic coast. U.S. East Coast seaports, now the biggest canal users, are poised to receive tens of billions of dollars more in Asian freight yearly and thousands more jobs, as a smaller share of Asian cargo moves cross-country by rail or truck from California and the Pacific, port analysts say. The canal expects to roughly double the volume of Asian cargo bound for the U.S. East Coast by 2020 to 83 million tons. (more)
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Caterpillar Inc. to Build Demonstration & Learning Center Near

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Caterpillar Backhoe
Caterpillar Backhoe
PANAMA CITY, Panama, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Caterpillar Inc. today announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Panama to purchase land for the construction of a demonstration and learning center and other operations near Panama City. Measuring 100 hectares (approx. 250 acres), the land provides ample space for Caterpillar to establish a major operational presence close to its Latin America customers and dealer base. Additional Caterpillar Demonstration and Learning centers are currently located in Edwards, Illinois, Tinaja Hills, Arizona, Malaga, Spain and ChiChibu City, Japan. Caterpillar is also developing a similar demonstration and learning facility in Kunming, China. (more)
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20 firms seek contract for Panama Canal excavation

Canal ExpansionPanama, Oct. 6 (Xinhua): At least 20 companies from eight countries have participated in the tendering process to win the second contract for the dry-excavation of the Panama Canal, official sources said. Firms from Canada and the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Venezuela, Italy and Panama have expressed interest in the preliminary process that concluded on Thursday. The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) said Friday that the representatives conducted an on-site inspection Tuesday and Wednesday. This is the second of the five contracts the ACP will offer on the canal's expansion, which involves the excavation of the 218 meter-wide trench linking the Culebra Cut with the Pacific coast. The contract will be decided on Oct. 31. The Panama Canal expansion project is estimated at a cost of 5.2 billion U.S. dollars and will be completed by the year 2014.
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ACP Welcomes Bids for Second Dry Excavation Project Under Expansion

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Panama Canal Expansion Underway
Panama Canal Expansion Underway
PANAMA CITY, Panama, September 27, 2007 – The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) released its request for proposal (RFP) Tuesday, September 18, for the second dry excavation project under expansion. This contract is for the second of five excavation projects to create the new Pacific locks access channel. This channel will link the new Pacific locks with the existing Gaillard Cut (the narrowest stretch in the Panama Canal). Details of the RFP are available on the ACP’s Online Bidding System: http://www.pancanal.com/eng/procsales/buy.html. The excavation involves the removal of 7.5 million cubic meters in a stretch of approximately 2.4 kilometers, which will serve as the entrance of the new Pacific access channel. (more)
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Mexico's ICA seeks work in Panama canal expansion

Canal ExpansionMONTERREY, Mexico, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Mexico's top construction firm ICA aims to participate in Panama's $5.25 billion canal expansion as part of an international consortium, the company's chief executive said on Friday. ICA also plans to list its housing construction unit ViveICA on the Mexican bourse in 2009, Chief Executive Jose Luis Guerrero told Reuters on the sidelines of an event in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey.
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Port Manatee gears up for Panama Canal traffic

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Port Manatee Florida will be expanding  in anticipation of greater traffic from the Panama Canal
Port Manatee Florida will be expanding in anticipation of greater traffic from the Panama Canal
By MICHAEL POLLICK for the Herald Tribune - PORT MANATEE -- While the Panama Canal gets gouged out into a four-lane superhighway for ships, Port Manatee -- the closest U.S. deep-water port to the canal -- is doing some souping up of its own. The port is in the midst of an expansion, aided by a fresh $3 million state grant, that will allow it to handle hundreds of thousands of semitrailer-sized containers of cargo per year. That compares with just a few thousand each year right now. Meanwhile, the monumental expansion taking place at the canal should be done by 2014 and is expected to prompt global shifts in shipping patterns. (more)
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Bids due January for Pacific entrance to Panama Canal

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Bids to open for dredging to expand the Panama Canal
Bids to open for dredging to expand the Panama Canal
Sand And Gravel.com - Business News America reports that bids will be due on January 28th 2008 for a contract to dredge the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. Quoting a statement from the Panama Canal Authority, the report said the contract will call for the dredging of 9.1 million m3 of material, in order to widen the navigation channel on the Pacific side by 218m, and increase water depths to 15.5m. The work is needed to accommodate a new, third set of locks that will be built as part of ACP's canal expansion project. Work building the locks is expected to begin between July and September 2008. Business News America said the new set of locks is part of a US$5.25 billon project to expand the canal and double its capacity.
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Video Report on the Start of the Expansion of the Panama Canal

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The ceremonial explosion in Paraiso, Panama, on 3 September 2007 to mark the start of the construction of the expansion of the Panama Canal
The ceremonial explosion in Paraiso, Panama, on 3 September 2007 to mark the start of the construction of the expansion of the Panama Canal
BBC On Monday, a ceremony on the outskirts of Panama City marked the beginning of a $5.2 billion Panama Canal expansion project, which aims to double the canal's capacity. Below a YouTube Video covers the ceremony.
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Panama Canal expansion to open super-sized shipping by 2014

Canal Expansion Feedstuffs.com - A major project to enlarge the Panama Canal -- the largest since its original construction -- began with a bang today when explosions leveled part of Paradise Hill in preparation for the construction of a new lane and locks that will double the shipping capacity of the canal. The multi billion-dollar project, under the auspices of the Panama Canal Authority, an autonomous agency of Panama's government, will double the waterway's capacity and allow for super-sized cargo ships to use the critical crossing. Both containerized and bulk grain cargoes are expected to benefit from the canal expansion. Completion of the project is expected by 2014, the 100th anniversary year of the canal. The Panama Canal Authority will conduct two important steps in selecting the global firm that will design and build the new locks during meetings at the site Sept. 12-13.
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Panama Canal begins historic expansion

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A ship in the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal
A ship in the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal
( AP) -- PANAMA CITY, Panama - A 93-year-old engineering marvel is getting a major overhaul -- and it could lead to cheaper goods in the U.S. Crews have blasted through the hillside next to the Panama Canal, marking the start of the waterway's biggest expansion since it opened in 1914. Former President Jimmy Carter, who signed the 1977 treaty giving Panama control of the U.S.-conceived canal, was at the celebration for the five-and-a-quarter-billion-dollar project. It's expected to double the 50-mile canal's capacity. The improvements could lower the price of goods on the East Coast, because the U.S. accounts for two-thirds of the cargo that passes through the canal. China is the second-largest user. Panama also hopes the improvements will increase revenues, allowing it to pay back some of its debt and battle poverty that affects some 40% of the population.
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Panama Canal's Dutch 'face-lift'

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The Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal
The Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal
By Wendy Braanker for Radio Netherlands - Within three days of winning the prestigious contract, three members of DHV, a Dutch consultancy and engineering firm, were at the site in Panama. DHV recently won the contract to modernise the Panama Canal. The project officially starts this week and, according to project manager Ben Reeskamp, even though DHV has completed numerous large projects in its 90-year history, the Panama Canal project is the crème de la crème. (more)
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Panama set to begin $5bn project

Canal Expansion BBC - Panama is set to start work on a $5bn (£2.4bn) building project to widen the Panama Canal to increase its capacity. The project involves adding a third set of locks that will enable modern ships to use the canal. Many tankers are now too large for the 50-mile (80km) route. Panama residents overwhelmingly backed the plan in a referendum held in 2006. Supporters say modernization is vital to maintain trade and increase jobs, but critics say it will lead to huge debts for Panama. Opponents have also attacked the project on environmental grounds. It is estimated that, in volume terms, around 5% of the world's trade passes through the Panama Canal. The government has said the scheme will be financed by raising tolls on the waterway as well as through foreign credit. The beginning of the huge project will be marked by a ceremony attended by Panamanian President Martin Torrijos and foreign dignitaries.
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Official and Ceremonial Start of Panama Canal Expansion

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Thousands of Panamanians and foreign dignitaries are in Paraiso next to the Panama Canal to witness the start of the expansion of the Panama Canal. People are still filtering in to the area, and the schedule calls for Panamanian President Martin Torrijos to push a button that will set off 30,000 pounds of explosives, taking the top off of a hill on the other side of the canal, marking the official and ceremonial start of the construction of the expansion of the Panama Canal. (more)

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Byrd to attend Panama treaties 30th anniversary

Canal Expansion The Charleston Gazette - U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., will travel to Panama next week to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Panama Canal Treaties, according to an announcement released Thursday from the senator’s office. The president of Panama invited Byrd to join in the Sept. 3 ceremonies, the press release said. Panamanian officials, former U.S. president Jimmy Carter and various Latin American heads of state are also scheduled to attend. Carter and then-Panamanian Chief of Government Omar Torrijos signed the treaties on Sept. 7, 1977. The agreement relinquished U.S. control of the canal to Panama by 2000 and guaranteed its neutrality. Byrd supported Senate passage of the treaties, although he initially had concerns about transferring control of the canal to Panama, according to the press release.
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Panama Canal Begins Process to Build New Locks

Canal Expansion PANAMA CITY, Panama, August 28, 2007 – In another sign that Panama Canal expansion is moving forward at a steady, methodical pace, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) released yesterday a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the construction of the new set of locks to be built under the Canal’s Expansion Program. The document is available at: http://www.pancanal.com/eng/procsales/buy.html. The release of the RFQ is part one of a two-phase process to determine the firm that will ultimately design and build the new locks. During this first prequalification stage, the ACP will evaluate responses (also called SOQ or Statement of Qualification) from prospective firms based on a combination of pass/fail criteria and capabilities. The four firms that meet the ACP’s needs with the highest number of points will move to the second and final round. The short-list-selection is expected to be announced by the end of November 2007. (more) .
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Expanded Panama Canal would benefit links between Latin America, Asia

Canal Expansion Xinhua - Panama's foreign minister on Wednesday called on Forum for East Asian-Latin American Cooperation (Fealac) member nations to provide support for the program to expand the Panama Canal. Foreign Minister Samuel Lewis Navarro is in Brasilia for a two-day meeting of the bloc called to boost trade between the two regions amid concern over the U.S. credit crisis. Nine of the ten major users of the canal sent envoys to the meeting, which, he said, has manifested the canal's importance in boosting cooperation between the two regions. The Panamanian government hopes an expanded canal would further improve its role as a world-trade logistics center, said the minister. It also hopes the canal could provide greater access for Latin Americans to the Pacific region and for Asians to the Atlantic, he added. An estimate by the Panamanian government has set the budget for the expansion project at 5.25 billion U.S. dollars. The biggest user of the canal is the United States, ahead of China, Japan, Chile and South Korea.
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ACP Awards Expansion Program Manager Contract to CH2M Hill

Canal Expansion PANAMA CITY, Panama, August 17, 2007 – After a thorough evaluation of the received proposals, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) awarded the Program Manager contract to CH2M Hill last Wednesday. The leading full-service global firm and number one program management firm in the United States will assist the ACP in the management of numerous contracts including those for design and construction of the two post-Panamax lock structures under its Expansion Program. The procurement process began June 1, when the ACP released its request for proposals seeking a top-tier firm with a strong reputation in program management and with experience working on a variety of major international construction projects. (more)
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Panama Canal expansion may allow more trade from Gulf

Canal Expansion By Tim Hoskins for the Iowa Farmer Today - The pending expansion of the Panama Canal might send waves back to Midwest farms. Tim Burrack, corn section director for the U.S. Grains Council and a Northeast Iowa farmer, says the Panama Canal expansion project will cost $5.25 billion. Ships will be able to start going through the expanded locks in 2015. Under the project, they are making the locks through the canal larger to get more containers through the canal. Currently, Burrack says the canal can only allow ships that have 4,000 containers or less to pass through. However, after the locks are finished, they will be able to handle ships that can transport 12,000 containers. That could shift back some of the transportation routes for grain and distillers grains from ethanol plants that are shipped to global markets. (more) (Photo Credit: IFT photo by Patti Edge)
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Organisation from Brazil to train workers for Panama Canal

Canal Expansion Agência CNI* - Brasília – The National Service of Industrial Education (Senai) will help train workers for the expansion of the Panama Canal. The cooperation agreement for training of workforce will be signed by the director-general at Senai, José Manuel de Aguiar Martins, and by representatives of the National Institute of Vocational Training for Human Development (INADEH), of Panama, on August 10th, in Panama City. The objective of the partnership is to train Panamanian professionals, so they can contribute to modernise the structure and technology of the Canal. First of all, the Panamanian workers will visit the Senai technology laboratories, where they will undergo short-term training programmes. Afterwards, advisers at the organisation will travel to Panama in order to devise the training programmes. (more)
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EIB offers Panama 500-mln-euro loan for canal expansion

Canal Expansion (Source: Xinhua) - The European Investment Bank (EIB) will offer Panama 500 million euros (650 million U.S. dollars) to finance the expansion of the Panama Canal, an European Commission official announced on Friday. The proposal was made during a technical evaluation of diverse cooperation projects between the European Union (EU) and Panama, said Tomas Abadia, EU business manager for Panama and Costa Rica. "The financial proposal was advanced by Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and it includes very low interest rates at very long terms," Abadia said. Local media reports said EIB representatives are in contact with the Panama Canal Authority. Panama is aiming to build a third lane of locks to increase the canal's capacity and allow larger ships to travel between the Pacific and the Caribbean. Panama expects the tolls revenue in 2008 to increase by some 340 million dollars compared with this year. (more)
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Panama Canal expansion a threat, experts say

Canal Expansion By Diane Lindquist for the San Diego Union-Tribune - An expansion of the Panama Canal to allow passage for a new generation of megaships may be threatening plans to build a new port at Punta Colonet, 150 miles south of San Diego. The Mexican and Panamanian projects are envisioned as gateways for an increasing amount of Asian goods bound for the populous East Coast of the United States. Both would relieve growing congestion at West Coast ports, such as Long Beach and Los Angeles, Seattle and Oakland. But some experts are saying that Mexico's chance to offer a new trade route has passed. “The expansion of the Panama Canal almost single-handedly kills Punta Colonet,” Joseph P. Ritzman, project development manager of SSA Marine's terminal operations in Mexico, told The San Diego Union-Tribune this week at a Long Beach ports conference. (more)
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ACP Awards First Construction Contract Under Canal Expansion Program

Canal Expansion PANAMA CITY, Panama, July 19, 2007 – The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) took one step closer to breaking ground for the expansion of the Panama Canal Tuesday, when it officially awarded the first expansion construction project contract to Constructora Urbana S.A. (CUSA). The selection process began May 7, when the ACP released its request for proposals to begin the first of five dry excavation projects to create the new Pacific Locks access channel. This new channel will link a new, third set of locks on the Pacific end of the Canal with the existing Gaillard Cut (the narrowest stretch in the Panama Canal). This project represents approximately 16 percent of the total excavation for the new Pacific Locks access channel. At a special ceremony on Friday, July 6, the ACP reviewed the bid submissions for the first dry excavation of the new Pacific Locks access channel. The chart below shows the companies that submitted bids and their corresponding bid price. The ACP selected the lowest priced proposal that met all of the project’s requirements. (more)
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