Located near the iconic Panama Canal, the Ocean Reef Marina project is the pride of Panama City. The ambitious ten-year housing project required the construction of two artificial islands within which the marina was built. Structurmarine’s involvement in this project was to design and manufacture the landing dock for visitors wishing to buy a property on the islands.
The design of the landing dock and anchorage system was a real challenge. The wharf located on the riprap of the island’s breakwater and the daily tide of 6 metres required a very long gangway of 24 meters. It was also necessary to take into consideration in the magnitude of the challenges that the site is exposed to daily waves of 1 meter amplitude and occasional waves of storms of more than 2 meters. Nevertheless, the system installed in 2013, resisted the great storm of the fall of 2016 that struck the US west coast from California to Panama City, generating waves of more than 3 meters at the site.
The landing dock is built with first-class technology and design, providing a safe berthing for the owner and visitors to the island. The floating dock is covered with a pre-stressed membrane system for shading and private use, designed to withstand a wind load of 120 km/h which is necessary since this site is highly exposed to the elements.