Pothen Says “Big Blue” Should be Afloat Again Within 2 Weeks


Guam – Shipyard says its partially sunk dry-dock known as “Big Blue” could be floating again within the next two weeks.

 The dry dock was swamped on January 2nd after work crews left the hatches open when a high surf advisory was in effect. A release from shipyard president Mathews Pothen says they are working diligently to make repairs to the dry-dock.

The Guam shipyard is operating on a lease from the Guam Economic Development Authority. GEDA acting administrator Karl Pangelinan says he spoke with Pothen earlier this week and was also re-assured that the dry-dock would be up and running soon. “He mentioned that he’s got his staff working feverishly on it and it should be back up in another week and a half or two weeks at the max. So we’re happy to hear that news,” said Pagnelinan.

 Company president Mathews Pothen told reporters on January 5th he expected the situation to be resolved before the end of January, but the salvage operation has been running behind schedule and “Big Blue” has not risen since the waste oil and diesel fuel was pumped out last month.