Port productivity remains high despite COVID-19

(Port Authority of Guam photo)

Ninety percent of the goods coming into the island passes through the Port Authority of Guam and while there is a scarcity of some products on store shelves, PAG General Manager Rory Respicio says that the port’s productivity remains high.

When the pandemic first hit Guam, many island residents rushed to the store to stock up essentials like toilet paper, bleach, hand sanitizers, and disinfectant sprays … pretty much wiping out store shelves.

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PAG General Manager Rory Respicio says early on, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero already met with key stakeholders in the food and commodity industry. What was communicated to the governor is that for as long as the port remains operational these stakeholders would do their best to keep shelves stocked.

“If the people are seeing that shelves are not stocked, then admittedly that’s because of the supplier and wherever they are getting it from,” Respicio said.

A supply chain disruption is most likely a cause of unusual or over-demand, an issue seen around the world.

“Now there seems to be a good supply of hand sanitizer on the market. We are still seeing items like the Lysol wipes having some scarcity. Suppliers will say that they’re having a hard time from the source of those products but it’s not necessarily having to do with the supply chain,” Respicio said.

On the port side it has been pretty smooth sailing in terms of productivity.

“We are not seeing any delay from the port’s perspective. Actually our productivity remains high. What once took 36 hours to discharge a Matson vessel years ago, the guys are now doing that at 18 to 19 hours average. And the same kind of momentum is still there in terms of how they are doing in this COVID-19 environment,” Respicio said.

He added that container throughput at the port is still holding its own despite the pandemic.


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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.