The Port Authority of Guam board, during its Wednesday meeting, approved Resolution No. 2021-11 which authorizes the port general manager to proceed with the procurement acquisition of at least two ship-to-shore (STS) gantry cranes upon the identification of the funding source subject to procurement and Public Utilities statutory requirements.
A recent assessment conducted by the Port’s Owner Agent Engineer this year found there is a dire need to replace the POLA cranes because of the age of the cranes. The cranes were originally built in 1983/1984 and although they were refurbished in 2009, they are reaching the end of that expected service life and would need to be replaced by 2024.
“Because of the importance of the Port of Guam as the lifeline to sustained economic and DOD military buildup construction activities on Guam, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has made the acquisition of new Ship-to-Shore gantry cranes to replace the Port’s aging fleet one of her top priorities,” PAG general manager Rory Respicio said, adding that the Port has submitted a grant application to the Economic Development Administration for the acquisition of two (2) STS gantry cranes under its $1.5 billion Cares Act-Funded Recovery Assistance Program and has developed a loan application to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for one (1) STS gantry crane as a back-up to its EDA application.
“We are hopeful that the gantry crane applications will be favorably considered for its importance to not only Guam but also to the entire remotely isolated islands in the Marianas and Pacific Micronesian region that serves close to half a million people,” Respicio said. “I am grateful that the resolution was approved today as our Board of Directors fully understands the dire need to replace at least two (2) STS gantry cranes and the procurement timeline to acquire such cranes to ensure that all businesses, residents, and neighboring islands will not lose access to essential goods and will always have what they need to operate and survive.”