LOCOMOTIVE TURNTABLES FOR THE GATUN LOCKS (PANAMA CANAL)
Redesign of the turntables of the Panama Canal Locks in order to transfer the towing locomotives (55 tons.weight) from one side track to the other. The scope of this project is to design, fabricate, assemble, test, deliver and supervise the installation using the existing foundation, pits and infrastructure of the North and South turntables to withstand current and future Canal Traffic demands. It is designed to switch 60 locomotives per day with a maximum switching time of 60 seconds.
In 2007 new turntables were installed in the Gatún Locks (Panama Canal). These turntables are designed to switch 60 locomotives per day with a maximum switching time of 60 seconds, so as to respond to increasing traffic demand through the Canal.
IDOM teamed up with Ingemat to undertake the structural and mechanical design, provide supervision during manufacturing, assembly, test, delivery and installation on site of the two turntables.
The contract specification included a requirement to fit in the former foundations, pits and infrastructures, in order to minimise work and time of installation on site. For the rest, new design concepts were applied in order to improve performance, reliability and life of the installation.