Panama Shipyard Provisionally Reopens After Two Years, International Tender in 2021


Panama’s Balboa Shipyard, provisionally reopens under the administration of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) until an international tender in 2021, says an article published in Procurement Nation.

Shipyard provisionally reopened 

  • Panama’s Balboa Shipyard is located on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal.
  • It has reopened provisionally under the administration of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP).
  • The international tender for the concession of the shipyard is called early 2021.

About Balboa Shipyard 

  • Balboa Shipyard was built in 1916 by the US Panama Canal Company as an extension of the Panama Canal Company. 
  • It is the only facility in Panama and in the entire region that has 3 dry docks with the necessary dimensions to service panamax ships.
  • It was transferred to Panama in 1979 and since then, given in concession to private companies.
  • Because the concessioner Mec Shipyards defaulted in its payments to Panama’s government, the shipyard closed operation two years ago.

Balboa Shipyard’s administration

  • The AMP has taken over the administration of Balboa Shipyard on a temporary basis. 
  • It is currently working on a figure called “Area Space Concession”
  • Initially only docks 2 and 3 will be in operation. 

This figure is provisional for 12 months until the international tender for its future concession is ready, said the AMP.

Dock details

Dock One 

  • Dock One has the same size as a Panamax vessel (318m X 33.6m).
  • But is not in operation.

Dock Two 

  • Dock Two (130m X 25.9m) and Dock Three (70m X 16.8m).
  • Will attend smaller ships such as tuna boats or barges.

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Source: Procurement Nation


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