Guam Shipyard’s Dry Dock Partially Sinks Overnight; High Surf Blamed

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Guam – The Guam Shipyards only active dry dock has partially sunk.  Acting Coast Guard Public Affairs Officer Lt Felton Gilmore says the Coast Guard received notification from the Navy on the incident at 1:41am.

Gilmore says the dry dock, nicknamed “Big Blue,” is two-thirds submerged in water.  An investigation is currently underway to determine how the dock sunk. Traffic is not affected but Gilmore says Mariners have been advised to watch for any line, rope or barrels that may be dispersed in the water.

A statement from Guam Shipyard’s Administrative Manager Marie T. Camacho blames the partial sinking of the dry dock on “inclement weather” over the weekend.

When contacted by PNC News, Camacho said the “inclement weather” she referred to was high surf.

In her statement she also writes:

“The Floating Dry-dock “MACHINIST” aka “BIG BLUE” took in some water which caused her to submerge and Guam Shipyard employees are now dewatering her at this time. Once dewatered, we will make a comprehensive assessment to ascertain if any damages to the dry-dock has occurred.

Guam Shipyard recovered a 150 gallon diesel tank that was floating from the dry-dock area. There was no oil spill associated with this
incident – there were also no personnel on board the dry-dock during this incident.