The chosen firm will assist the ACP in the management of approximately 10 major contracts, interfacing with both design and construction teams. The ACP Board of Directors has approved the use of an integrated programme management model, under which it will designate tasks between its own staff and the selected company.
“The selection of a reputable and experienced programme manager is an important component in the success of the waterway’s expansion,” said ACP engineering and programmes management director Jorge L. Quijano. “We are looking to attract a firm with global reach and proven experience in providing proactive solutions as we move forward with the programme.”
The expansion project involves building a new lane of traffic along the Panama Canal through the construction of a new set of locks, which will double the Canal’s tonnage capacity and allow the passage of longer, wider and deeper draught vessels.
The programme manager will assist the ACP in the integrated oversight of the design and construction of the new Atlantic and Pacific post-Panamax locks; dredging (widening and deepening) of the Atlantic entrance channel; dredging of the Pacific entrance channel; the dry excavation of the access channel connecting the Gaillard Cut to the new Pacific Locks; dredging of the Gatun Lake channels; and the further deepening of the Gaillard Cut, in addition to other improvements to existing Canal structures.
Information about the tender is available on the ACP’s website at: www.pancanal.com.