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NICARAGUA BUILDING ARTIFICIAL ISLANDS TO BOOST TOURISM

Nicaragua’s Port Authority, Empresa Portu-aria Nacional (EPN), is building nine artificial islands at the Bluefields Bay area, in an attempt to boost tourism in the region. A dredge owned by EPN should extract 581,442 cubic meters (about 760,500 cubic yards) of sediments, which will be used to build the artificial islands. The $1.3 million US dredge should take five to six months from late October to complete both the building of the islands as well as the second dredging phase of the Bluefields Bay project in the South Caribbean Autonomous Region (RACS) of Nicaragua. Each island will have an average size of 80 meters of diameter. The vessel has a 1,000 cubic meters (about 1,308 cubic yards) per hour capacity. 

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