“Big Blue” Drydock Shipped Off-Island For Overhaul

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Big Blue which measures 800 feet in length and 175 feet in width, was loaded onto the M/V Zhen Hua a semi-submersible heavy lift vessel for transport off-island to to a Singaporean owned shipyard.

Guam – The Guam Shipyard’s floating dry dock called the “machinist” or “big blue” has been pulled from the waters of the Apra Harbor and is being transported for repairs and upgrades.

 

 

Big Blue which measures 800 feet in length and 175 feet in width, was loaded onto the M/V Zhen Hua a semi-submersible heavy lift vessel for transport off-island to to a Singaporean owned shipyard. The upgrades will take approximately 5 months to complete. According to a press release from the Guam Shipyard once the work is complete Big Blue will be certified for drydocking almost all vessels operated by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard. According to a release by the Navy it took careful planning by Naval Base Guam staff the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam and the Guam Shipyard to execute the move. It even required cutting the floating dry dock into two big pieces. The Guam Shipyard says that it is expected that military expenditures on the island will increase and as a result of the increased ship repair capability. The Shipyard says this in turn will allow for the creation of skilled job opportunities for island residents.