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Storm damage condemns Agat Marina dock

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 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - Today's inclement weather isn't helping the Port Authority of Guam as it has already had to condemn one of the docks at the Agat Marina due to last week's tropical storm.

"It wasn't like this was a surprise, we all knew it was coming," stated Mike Genereux. He's been a tenant at the Agat Marina for over eight years and is one of a dozen who now have to relocate their vessels as a result of the port condemning Dock C. "Its kind of sad because a lot of people have been complaining about it way before the storm and it takes such extremes to actually condemn it," he said.

Port general manager Joanne Brown says as a result of last weekend's Tropical Storm Neoguri, the Port's Engineering Division did an assessment that showed significant damage to Dock C where it was past the point of repair. "We had over seven slip areas here at the Dock C that were damaged this weekend but in addition to that because the original docks are made of wood unfortunately they're also going through the process of deteriorating and that's another reason why the structural assessment was simply to condemn Dock C," she said.

Tenants have been notified to begin the process of actually looking at alternate sights and relocation to the Hagatna Marina and the Harbor of Refuge. Brown says the main issue is safety. "We'll want to ensure that our tenants have a safe environment to work in, that their vessels are safe when they're anchored here at our facility," he said.

She adds the latest tropical storm isn't helping matters either, saying, "Hearing we're going to have inclement weather this weekend certainly is a concerned and possibly doing more damage is here is very real all we can do is prepare as much as we can for it."

With or without the storm, Brown says the port still would have had to condemn Dock C. The port meanwhile is now working to demolish the nearly 25-year old wooden docks and construct new aluminum dock facilities like the one recently completed on Dock A. That cost about half a million dollars.

She said, "The good news with unfortunate circumstance the port has already contracted with a new company to address the reconstruction of both Docks C and D."

Dock D we should note was destroyed as a result of Typhoon Francisco last October. The port recently awarded the contract to AIC International, Inc. for the reconstruction that awaits approval before the Public Utilities Commission. And for tenants like Genereux, he's happy something is being done. He said, "Overall there needs to be a major change to that break-wall if you come down here during the storm, it's like a white river rafting going down through here and it's inevitable eventually especially with a boat that size and that weight if it gets caught in the current, it's going to be a pinball and take out, even if its brand new docks, it's going to take it out."

The PUC meanwhile is set to meet later this month to discuss the contract to commence demolition of Dock C and D and construct new aluminum dock facilities. 

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