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Navy needs a dry dock

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THE Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) will issue a market survey to gather information about the availability of a dry dock for charter in order to determine when dry dock ship repairs for the Navy can again be performed on Guam.

The statement comes less than two weeks after the Navy announced it had awarded Cabras Marine Corp. a five-year, $77.96 million contract to execute pier-side ship repair at the Ship Repair Facility on Naval Base Guam.

“The MSC contract award ensures continuity of work for ship repair,” according to a spokeswoman at the MSC headquarters in Washington, D.C. “However, the Navy cannot proceed with the acquisition of dry dock ship repair services in this effort because there is no working dry dock currently available in Guam. Having a dry dock in Guam is a Pacific Fleet requirement.”

Mathews Pothen, president and CEO of Guam Industrial Services Inc., which does business as Guam Shipyard, told Variety last week that Guam Shipyard plans to complete the upgrade of its dry dock, Big Blue. “The Navy has indicated that Guam Shipyard should complete its upgrade of Big Blue for a depot-level (ship repair) capability,” he said.

Guam Shipyard leased and operated the Ship Repair Facility property for 16 years. Its services included dry dock repairs until Big Blue sank in January 2011 after hatches were left open during high-surf conditions. It has since been refloated, but repairs have not been completed.

Change

The new contract represents a change in the way the Navy contracts for ship repair on Guam. The facility will be considered government-furnished property as Cabras Marine conducts repairs there. Guam Shipyard operated the facility as a lessee.

The contract provides for a 60-day transition period commencing Oct. 1, according to a Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific spokeswoman. The transition period “is necessary for an efficient transition that minimizes gaps in operational capability,” she said. Before Cabras moves in, “a joint inspection of government property will be conducted, during which the current condition of the property, and all other findings will be documented and addressed appropriately and consistent with the terms of the lease. In addition, the joint inspection team will assess any potential safety shortfalls and identify corrective actions.”

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