Panama Canal Retrofit

The major widening project of the Panama Canal (5.4 billion US$) commenced in 2008 Panama canaland is expected to be completed soon. This would enable larger vessels to transit the canal, up to three times size. The Panama Canal Authority has come up with OP Notice to Shipping No. N-1-2016 vessel requirements for the vessels to transit the canal. Navgathi provides design modification services for such panama vessels.

This page outlines the need and the process for undertaking such modification and preparing the booklet for submission and approval prior vessel calling.

The major impact on the widened canal will be in the container segment where the widening can help most of the vessels to transit.

Procedure

The dimension limitation of the old and new Panamax vessel is shown below.

Panama canal size

PROCESS

Vast experience gained from handling similar projects for tankers, bulk carriers and container vessels enables us to provide optimized design solutions with minimum modifications required to reduce the associated retrofit cost. For such projects the process in split in to three phases

Phase 1- Analyzing the existing arrangement in vessels to understand the additional requirements Assessing the existing arrangements of ships and identifying items required to be modified or/and added.

Phase 2- Preparation and submission of ACP required document’s for Approval on owners behalf Amendment and preparation of new plans showing the ACP requirements. We will liaison with ACP for getting the drawings stamped as approved. Once the approval process is completed all the approved drawings with ACP comments and an initial list of modification will be submitted to the vessel owners.

Phase 3- Preparation of structural drawings showing necessary under-deck reinforcements and seats for new mooring fittings and submission to Class for approval.

Upon receipt of approval from Panama Canal Authorities we proceed with the preparation of strength calculations as per applicable Class requirements to determine the necessary under-deck reinforcements for the fitting of new Panama chocks / bollards / rollers etc. and preparation of structural drawings showing necessary under-deck reinforcements and seats for new mooring fittings and submission to Class for approval. We will liaison with ACP for getting the drawings stamped as approved.


References

Read our blog on Panama canal refit here.

Download: White paper titled, “What is the Impact of Panama Canal Widening?”, download here.

Also Published on: MarinerOnBoard.com

News: Business Insider 23 Apr, 2016


Experience:

  • Six 9,400 TEU Container Vessel ACP approval underway.
  • Seven 8,800 TEU Container Vessel ACP approval completed.
  • Two 4,700 TEU Container Vessel ACP approval completed and under-deck Class approval underway.
  • Two 5,700 TEU Container Vessel ACP approval and under-deck Class approval completed.
  • One 90,000 DWT Bulk Carrier ACP approval and under-deck Class approval completed.
  • Two 105,000 DWT Bulk Carrier ACP approval and under-deck Class approval completed.
  • Three 105,000 DWT Oil Tankers ACP approval and under-deck Class approval completed.

Clients