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Moving forward with its equipment upgrades for its expansion programme, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has awarded a $95.92m contract to IHC Beaver Dredgers B.V. to design and build a new, more powerful cutter suction dredger. The Dutch company is the world leader in the design, fabrication and supply of equipment and services for the dredging and alluvial mining industries, claiming 50% of the dredging market worldwide.

Panama Canal commissions new dredger

The new 12,000KW dredger will replace the Mindi, which has been in service at the Canal since 1942 and has only a 9,000KW capacity. With an expected delivery date of May 2011, the new dredger will have the modern equipment, systems and components required for efficient operation.

“IHC Beaver Dredgers is very well respected in the industry and has the expertise to meet our needs. The construction of a dredge with more pumping capacity and the ability to dredge deeper will allow us to continue to make the waterway even more navigable, safe, reliant and efficient,” said ACP Vice President of Operations Manuel Benitez.

The new dredger will be constructed in the Netherlands and will have the capacity to dredge along the entire length of the Canal, including the Gaillard Cut (its narrowest stretch), Gatun Lake and both the Atlantic and Pacific entrances at a depth of 25 metres, even after the expansion project has been concluded.