All construction equipment, such as trucks and excavators is owned and operated by Jan De Nul, as are the majority of the cranes for the assembly and construction works. Much of the equipment was already in Panama having been used for previous Panama projects, including the locks. For this specific project, Jan De Nul invested, amongst others, in an LB36 drilling machine and a cable crane with a capacity of 600 tonnes. There are about 400 site workers on the PSA Panamá project with almost 60 site staff. Labour regulations are strict and protective of the local labour in Panama, where 90% of the wage bill must be Panamanian. This means that Jan De Nul works predominantly with Panamanians on this project.

Nicola Pulvirenti: “We are already working in Panama since 2009. As a result, we have been able to select a good group of workers and executive staff. When the lock complex was completed, I already had my list of employees for this project ready. I know all people here; I know what I can ask them to do and we continue to upgrade their skills.”

For the wet dredging works , Jan De Nul will deploy a large backhoe dredger and a cutter suction dredger loading split hopper barges for offshore disposal of dredged materials. Every vessel has its own specialised crew on board.

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