Guam Shipyard to Inspect Damage on “Refloated” Dry Dock

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Guam – Guam Shipyard has released a statement saying their dry dock “Big Blue” has been “refloated,” and it will be inspected for damage that may have occurred after its compartments were sunk in salt water for the past 2 months.

The dry dock sunk Sunday January 2 after workers left hatches open during a High Surf Advisory which allowing water to get into the dry dock and partially sink it.

As PNC News reported Thursday,  GEDA’s Acting Administrator Karl Pangelinan, said he was informed yesterday [Thursday] by Guam Shipyard President Mathews Pothen that it took about 12 hours from 2am Thursday until 2pm yesterday afternoon to pump out enough water from the flooded compartments to get Big Blue back above its water line again.

Pangelinan said that Pothen told him that there was still about 3 feet of water still in the tanks which still must be pumped out over the next couple of days so that tanks are completely dry and repairable. Pothen also indicated to GEDA that he expects employees to be back to work by next week.

Guam Shipyard holds a lease for the property from GEDA.

Today, Guam Shipyard sent out its own release and they credit the salvage companies “Resolve Marine Group” and “Heger Dry Dock” for getting the dry dock [also known as “The Machinist]  back up.

The release also credits local commercial dive companies, Mako Diving & Salvage and Pro Marine Technology for assisting in patching up all the openings and removing all the keel blocks from the pontoon deck. The U.S. Coast Guard with U.S. Navy assistance also supported the shipyard’s efforts to successfully refloat the Dry-dock. And the Shipyard thanked their “employees’ dedication and hard work” saying that was also a “key factor” in the successful refloating.

Guam Shipyard says that the dewatering of  all the tanks continues and once all the water has been removed they will inspect the dry dock’s compartments for any damages.

Guam Shipyard also says they will continue the repair work that was ongoing prior to the submergence.

Guam Shipyard’s Release is printed in full below:

REFLOATING DRY-DOCK “MACHINIST” AKA “BIG BLUE”

APRA HARBOR, Guam – Guam Shipyard with the help of the salvage company Resolve Marine Group and Heger Dry Dock, Inc. successfully refloated the Dry-dock “MACHINIST” late afternoon yesterday, March 3, 2011. Local commercial dive companies, Mako Diving & Salvage and Pro Marine Technology assisted in patching up all the openings and removing all the keel blocks from the pontoon deck.

We are continuing to dewater all the tanks inside the Dry-dock “MACHINIST” to monitor her condition. Once all the water has been removed we will inspect the dock compartments for any damages.

Guam Shipyard will continue the repair work that was ongoing prior to the submergence of Dry-dock “MACHINIST” caused by unexpected rough seas and high surfs. The U.S. Coast Guard with U.S. Navy assistance also supported the shipyard’s efforts to successfully refloat the Dry-dock “MACHINIST”.

In addition, Shipyard employees’ dedication and hard work was the key factor to the successful refloating.