Guam - Watts Constructors filed a lawsuit against the Port Authority of Guam today, challenging more than a million dollars in charges imposed by the agency. The Port Authority of Guam imposed fees and fines on Watts and its shipping agent, Norton Lilly, after the company sent military cargo from the Guam Shipyard.
Watts and the joint venture allege the charges were unfair and unreasonable and not allowed by law. The company has asked a federal judge to determine that the port cannot impose fees and tariffs beyond its facilities and that the charges were unlawful.
In a statement this afternoon Port General Manager Glenn Leon Guerrero said, "The complaint filed today in the District Court of Guam is under review by the port. This matter is of utmost importance as it relates directly to the Government of Guam's control over commercial import/export cargo handling...the Port Authority of Guam must consequently protect its revenues."