BA150 dewatering pumps at Panama Canal case study

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Courtesy of BBA Pumps

The Panama Canal is a 77.1-kilometre (48 mi) canal that connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Caribbean Sea) to the Pacific Ocean. The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and is a key conduit for international maritime trade.

The size of the lock chambers at either end of the canal, the depth of the water in the canal and the height of the “Bridge of the Americas” actually limit  the size of the vessels that can navigate the canal safely. This size limit is defined as “Panamax” and it has been used as a standard maximum vessel size for decades. However, due to a growth in global shipping, the actual number of Panamax vessels has grown over the years and there are even vessels that exceed the Panamax size. To cater to the growing shipping industry and to allow the larger vessels passage, a third, wider lane of locks is currently under construction and is due to open in 2015.

One of our customers, a major contractor from Spain, has been given the task to perform the water management for this project. This includes the surface water levels as well as the groundwater levels. Since 2011 a total of twenty-two (22) BA150E D285 diesel driven pumps have been deployed to operate on a variety of applications as can been seen in the pictures.

The BA150E D285 is one of the core models of the vacuum assisted BA range as developed by BBA Pumps for general dewatering and bypass operations.

This 6” pump offers a maximum  flow of 475 m3/h and a shut-off head of 3,7 bar at minimal power requirements. As the pump also offers excellent NPSHr values it is able to outperform most 8” pumps in the market, adding to the versatility of the unit as a whole.

The silenced version of this model comes in the M10-23 canopy that features a hot-dip galvanised frame combined with durable ABS/ASA panels. The canopy offers a minimal footprint (2270x1050mm), is stackable, fully bunded and limits sound emission levels to an unparalleled 61 dB(A) @ 10 meter **.

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