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巴拿马运河扩建遭延误

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巴拿马运河扩建遭延误
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巴拿马运河扩建遭延误
来源:Bairdmaritime 2014-01-21
翻译:国际海事信息网 曾艳 汪涛
       近期,巴拿马政府与建筑承包商就资金支付问题产生争端,巴拿马运河数十亿美元的闸门扩建工程遇到麻烦。

 

       2013年12月下旬,负责该项目的承建商欧洲财团GUPC,在一封给巴拿马运河管理局(ACP)的信中宣布,暂停为运河修建第三道更宽的水闸。GUPC还在上周重申公告,施工将在周一(1月20日)暂停。

 

       同时,ACP已经警告说,已宣布的暂停“无效,无益,违背了为第三道水闸所签订的关于设计和建造的合同。” 
   
       “该财团错误地引用合同的子条款,为其宣布暂停修建寻找正当依据。因为这一条款表明,只有当雇主不能支付承建商费用,承建商有暂停作业的权利。然而,事实并非如此。因此,这样的暂停作业毫无可取之处。”

 

       ACP表示,其已在头15天内开发票支付GUPC,“值得注意的是,是在提前合同状态56天” 。

 

       管理局还表示,正与财团保持沟通一致来解决这种情况。

 

       据华尔街日报 ,扩建工程的延误可能会膨胀其成本五十亿至七十亿,并导致开放日期延后三年。

 

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Panama canal expansion beset by delays
The multi-billion dollar lock expansion project for the Panama Canal has run into trouble recently, with the Panama government in a spat with the construction contractors regarding payment of funds.

 

Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), a European consortium of contractors responsible for the project, announced a suspension of construction of a third wider set of locks for the canal in a letter to the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) in late December, 2013. Reiterating the announcement last week, GUPC warned that construction would be suspended Monday, January 20.


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Meanwhile, the ACP has warned that the announced suspension is, "Not valid, lacks merit and goes against what is established in the contract for the design and construction of the third set of locks".

 

"The announced suspension is based on the wrongful application of a sub-clause of the contract – cited by the consortium to justify the suspension – because this clause provides the right to suspend work only when the employer has failed to issue payment to the contractor. However, this is not the case and, therefore, such notice of intent to suspend work lacks merit."

 

The ACP said it has paid GUPC within the first 15 days of being invoiced, "Significantly in advance of the contractually-stated period of 56 days."

 

The authority also said it was in consistent communication with the consortium to resolve the situation.

 

According to the Wall Street Journal, delays on the expansion project could balloon costs from five billion to seven billion and set the opening date back three years.

来源:simic