Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been award-
ed a contract from Compañía Insular Americana, S.A. to
construct a second artificial island off the coast near the
residential area of Punta Pacifica in Panama City.
This project follows the successful construction of the
first island by Boskalis, which was handed over to the client
in early 2013.
With a contract value of more than EUR 55 million the
project is scheduled to commence in the course of the sec-
ond half of 2015 and is expected to last for two years.
The project involves constructing the second artificial
island in the Pacific Ocean off the densely populated shore-
line of Panama City.
Nine hectares of land will be created by using approxi-
mately 600,000 cubic meters of rock to form a perimeter
and filling it with 1.3 million cubic meters of sand.
A bridge will be built to connect the second island to
the first island.
The client Compañía Insular Americana, S.A. is an affili-
ated company of Ocean Reef Island Inc for which Boskalis
constructed the first artificial island.
Boskalis will use tugboats and barges to transport the
rock and a clamshell and excavators to install the rock pe-
rimeter. Thereafter, the island will be filled with sand sup-
plied by a large trailing suction hopper dredger.
Boskalis’ strategy is aimed at benefitting from key mac-
ro-economic factors which drive worldwide demand in our
markets: expansion of the global economy, increasing en-
ergy consumption, global population growth and the chal-
lenges presented by climate change.
This land reclamation project is driven by the neces-
sity to create land to accommodate population growth in a
densely populated region.
NSWContractor Boosts Efficiency
Like many regional centres within a couple of hours drive
from Sydney, towns in the Newcastle area are experiencing
a boom in residential development. The region is the sec-
ond most populous metropolitan area in New South Wales
Contractor Dave Izzard is kept busy providing services in
excavation of trenches for electricity and plumbing works
on residential development sites, road works and commer-
After logging over 10,000 hours on his previous
Terex loader backhoe, he decided it was time to get a new
machine that would boost productivity.
On his purchasing decision, Dave said:
“Deciding on the new Terex TLB 840 loader
backhoe was definitely the right way to go, as it
has lots of features that let me work faster. The
most noticeable improvement over earlier models
is the braking system which is significantly more
efficient and more positive,”
“I have also noticed the machine is easier
to steer, with its weight more evenly distrib-
uted; no doubt helped by the solid cast nose
“When working on sloping sites, less ef-
fort is needed and the machine can be worked
faster when I’m back filling or slewing on uphill