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Panama

Second Artificial

Residential Island

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.

Royal Boskalis

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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

after Sydney.

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-

cial constructions.

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

counterweight.

“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

grades.”

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