by Mindy Aguon
It looks like it's game–on between Watts Constructors and the Guam Port Authority. Watts is calling foul on the approximately a million dollars in tariffs the Port slapped on the company for cargo it loaded and shipped out of the Guam Shipyard in July, citing Guam law that explicitly identifies the Port as the only commercial port on the island.
Watts, however, alleges that "neither Guam law nor prior practice supports the port's position in imposing these charges".
He adds "the port is simply not yet equipped to handle the full range of cargo moving on and off the island".
Watts is requesting that a check for $924,000 be returned to them.
They say they only gave the Port Authority the check on November 23rd so their vessel would be permitted to leave the harbor soon enough to avoid inclement weather. Even though contend the charges were illegal.