Port awarded $800,000 OEA grant

(Port Authority of Guam file photo)

The Port Authority of Guam has been awarded $800,000 from the 2019 Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) Grant Program.

According to PAG, the funds will be used for the port’s 2020 Master Plan Update, the Guam Customs Inspection Facility Feasibility Study, and the Deep Draft Wharf and Fill Improvements Project Feasibility Study.

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said OEA continues to recognize the Port’s efforts to improve the Jose D. Leon Guerrero Commercial Port of Guam to address the expectations of organic growth and strategic importance of the ongoing military buildup.

As the ‘Tip of the Spear’ in the Western Pacific, the governor said the viability of the Port is paramount to sustaining the Department of Defense’s operational effectiveness and mission readiness in the region.

PAG General Manager Rory Respicio added the port’s partnership with OEA has been a critical component of the port’s modernization program, and the aggressive projects funded under this program supports the necessary upgrades that will further enhance the Port’s core capabilities and resiliency.

Since 2015, the OEA has partnered with the Port in aggressively developing, executing, and completing major initiatives that have translated into tangible modernization projects.

These projects also enhanced the Port’s infrastructure and maritime assets, upgraded its fleet of specialized marine equipment, and improved its security posture.