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  18-Mar-2016

CANAL WORKFORCE RECEIVE TRAINING TO OPERATE NEW LOCKS
Panama Canal, Panama
PORT EXPANSION
Gothenburg, Sweden
Canal workforce receive training to operate new locks
Friday, March 18, 2016, Panama Canal, Panama
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is training over one thousand workers on the operations of the new locks of the Panama Canal Expansion. Once these first training phase is completed, the courses will be standardized and offered to additional members of the workforce.The training of Panama Canal workforce is a requirement under the new locks’ contract. The different project’s subcontractors, responsible for the electromechanical equipment, will offer the courses. Hyundai, manufacturer of valves and accessories, and Bosh Rexroth, supplier of the valves’ hydraulic cylinders, motors, and controls, will offer training courses. Training has already been provided on high-mast lighting, fenders within the chambers, bridge cranes, and the controls of the new locks’ equipment.The Neo Panamax vessels, the newly expanded locks will have three different types of valves controlling water flow, including the following:

  1. Main culvert valves: These valves control the water flow from Gatun Lake to the upper chamber, through the locks chambers, and finally to the ocean. Each lock complex has 32 of these valves.
  2. Water-saving basins valves: These valves control the water flow from the new locks to the water-saving basins. Each lock complex has 32 of these valves.
  3. Water equalization valves: These valves regulate the water flow between the new locks’ chambers and the rolling gates. Each lock complex has eight of these valves.

Panama Canal personnel participating in this training include: future operators and lockmasters of Agua Clara (Atlantic) and Cocoli (Pacific) Locks, as well as engineers, systems reliability, and information technology personnel. Human resources instructors will also attend the courses as they become certified in offering these courses to other Canal workers.

The Canal’s workers are critical to the ACP’s ability to provide reliable, efficient, and safe service. Fundamental to their success is the continuous training the Canal provides, as well as the deep sense of teamwork it instills, all while ensuring that the highest safety standards are maintained.

(For information about operations in the Panama Canal, contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com)

Source: Panama Canal Authority Press Release dated 17 March 2016

Port expansion
Friday, March 18, 2016, Gothenburg, Sweden
The Port of Gothenburg is set to expand with the construction of a new terminal at the outer port area. It is the largest expansion project at the port since the 1970s. The terminal will be built using dredging spoils and is expected to be completed at some point after 2020.The Land and Environment Court has granted the Port of Gothenburg consent to build a new freight terminal beside the existing terminals….….The maximum draught for vessels calling at the terminal will be 11 metres. This means that traffic will probably take the form of intra-European freight transport – either as a final destination or to the major transshipment hubs in northern Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium for onward movement to various parts of the world….

….It has still not been decided what type of goods the new terminal will handle – containers, rolling goods such as trailers and cars, passenger traffic or a combination of several types of freight….  ….The terminal will be run by an external operator in precisely the same way as the current freight terminals at the Port of Gothenburg.

The area will be 220, 000 square metres, equivalent to 30 football pitches. The cost of the investment is expected to be in the region of one billion kronor.

The new terminal will be built using dredging spoils from maintenance dredging that is taking place throughout the port area. The spoils will be deposited in an embanked area in the bay at Arendal and will be made solid by being mixed with cement….

(For information about operations in Sweden, contact GAC Sweden at sweden@gac.com)

Source: Port of Gothenburg (www.portofgothenburg.com)

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