Guam – Guam Shipyard Dry Dock, “Big Blue”, partially submerged after flooding Sunday night.
The dry-dock facility at the Guam Shipyard remains partially submerged after taking on water which flooded unmanned spaces and caused the vessel to sink at the pier.
Coast Guard Sector Guam received a phone call from Naval Base Guam’s security forces at 1:16 a.m., Monday morning reporting the dry-dock as sinking and possibly on fire. Coast Station Apra Harbor launched its 25’ rescue boat CG25664 while Sector Guam dispatched response personnel.
Naval base fire personnel were called back to the station prior to arrival after being informed that the fire had extinguished itself. There were no signs of anyone onboard the vessel or in the water. The rescue boat reported debris in the water and what appeared to be floating fuel tanks.
Guam Shipyard launched its own salvage crew, recovering both a 500-gallon fuel tank and a 200-gallon plastic drum filled with sand blasting pellets. One 200-gallon plastic drum of sand blasting pellets remains unaccounted for and Coast Guard Sector Guam has issued a Broadcast Notice to Mariners advising of the possible hazard to navigation. If the drum is located, mariners are asked to contact the Coast Guard Command Center.
The cause of the sinking is unknown and the incident is currently under investigation.
For questions regarding this news release, please contact Coast Guard Sector Guam Command Center or Lieutenant Commander Felton Gilmore at 671-355-4821.