Navigational Channel
Improvements
The contractor in charge of dredging the Pacific
entrance, Dredging International de Panamá
S.A. (DI), mobilized the cutter-suction dredger,
D’Artagnan”, to the project once the dredger
concluded operations for the contract to
dredge Gatun Lake’s northern reaches.
Unfortunately, the dredger had a major
breakdown due to the hardness of the
material found in the Gatun Lake’s project.
Consequently, it underwent major repairs, as
well as other maintenance work, repairs, and
inspections.
The equipment was tested on June 11
and resumed operations on June 13. The
project’s cumulative dredging volume remains in 7.7 million m³.
The contractor working on the Atlantic entrance dredging project, Jan De Nul n.v. (JDN), has removed part of the
remaining material along the navigational and approach channels.
Three hopper dredges have been operating during the period: “Filippo Brunelleschi”, “Charles Darwin” (post-
Panamax) and “Al Idrisi”, disposing dredged material in the “Mar Caribe” underwater disposal site. The project’s
cumulative dredging volume remains in 17.4 million m³.
The combined production of the ACP and the contractors that work on the freshwater dredging project in Gatun Lake
and Culebra Cut raised the project cumulative volume to nearly 18.5 million m³.
The ACP Dredging Division has removed around 11.7 million; DI dredged some 4.0 million under its contract to dredge
the northern reaches of the lake (completed in March 2012), and the remaining 2.8 million were executed by JDN in
connection with its contract for the Pacific access channel’s northern entrance.
The contractor in charge of building eight range towers in San Pablo and Tabernilla reaches in Gatun Lake continued
executing its contract. This contractor has completed six of the eight foundations and received four 60 feet towers,
which require some modifications prior to initiating the assembly process.
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Contractors World - International Vol 3 No 8
IROCK Acquires Indy Equipment
IROCK, a leading U.S.-based manufacturer of crushing and screening equipment, announces the acquisition of Indy
Equipment. The move marks a significant step in furthering IROCK’s long-term business strategy of investing in
growth, technology and quality assurance to better meet the needs of its expanding customer base in the aggregates
and recycling industries.
A Strategic Acquisition
Though the official acquisition is new, the relationship between IROCK and Indy Equipment has been in existence for
more than 20 years.
IROCK was established in 1992, with Indy Equipment as a strategic partner providing expertise in equipment
design, engineering and manufacturing.
Our focus has always been on providing the highest quality equipment solutions to our customers, and we’re
proud to have maintained that commitment,” Bob Nelson, IROCK’s general manager, said. “This acquisition brings the
expertise and manufacturing efficiency that we’ve accessed through our strategic partnership under one roof, which
will optimize efficiency and product quality, while maintaining our commitment to meeting the highest of standards.”
IROCK Owner and President, Ken Taylor, said, “Indy Equipment was an ideal fit for us from the start, sharing
similar values in regards to customer service and quality in design, engineering and manufacturing. It has been a
strong partnership for years, and we’re pleased to take it one step further to work more closely and seamlessly
together.”