The traffic increase of Post-Panamax vessels as result of the Panama Canal expansion presents the need to better fit the country’s berth and yard service capacity, both for the amount of ships and increased cargo volume.
Looking forward to be a natural partner to foster this growth, PSA Panama has undertaken the expansion of its container terminal located at the former Rodman naval base, by the Panama Canal’s Pacific entrance.
The project began in May 2015 and will take an estimate of 20 months. This This expansion consists in the installation of 800 meters of linear quay, two simultaneous berths for mega ships, and the expansion of its container yard to 2 million TEUS capacity. Additionally, PSA Panama will install eight new cranes with 24 rows extension and 12 rail mounted gantries, for a total investment of more than $400 million.
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This endeavor will require the hiring of an estimate of 1,000 workers during construction and will generate 400 additional jobs for the operation of the expanded terminal.
For the expansion of its terminal, PSA Panama submitted a Category II Environmental Impact Assesment, duly approved by Panama’s Ministry of Environment. This assessment, developed by URS Holding Inc., includes a detailed Environmental Management Plan which describes the programs to be executed in order to prevent environmental impacts during construction activities, installation and operation of the future berth and container yard.
This plan details actions to be executed through different programs:
- Air Quality and Noise Control
- Soil Protection
- Sea Water Quality Control
- Fauna and Flora Protection
Also, the Environmental Management Plan includes plans for risk prevention, rescue and wildlife relocation, environmental education, contingency, post-operation or abandonment.