Senator Tom Ada Urges Port to Update 2007 Master Plan

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Guam – Senator Tom Ada is calling on the Port of Guam to update its 2007 Master Plan.

Senator Ada Chairs the Committee which has Port oversight.

He says in a release that over the past 5 years “many of the underlying assumptions upon which the 2007 Master Plan was premised did not hold true.”

Among the changed circumstances are:

1. the delay in the military buildup.

2. the unsuccessful attempt to secure a public-private partnership for the operation and management of container yard operations

3. the untimely requirement to perform service life extension work on Wharf F-5  

As a result, the Senator says a comprehensive review “of the Port’s tenants and adjacent operating entities is needed to preserve the vision for the Port Modernization Program and achieve fiscal and operational sustainability for the next 20 years,”

READ Senator Ada’s release in FULL below:

SENATOR TOM ADA  URGES PORT TO REVALIDATE 2007 MASTER PLAN

On January 14, 2013, Senator Tom Ada urged the Chairman of the Jose D. Leon Guerrero Commercial Port (Port) to update and re-validate the Port’s 2007 Master Plan. Senator Ada states, “considering all that has transpired since 2007, I assert that an update and re-validation of the Port’s 2007 Master Plan is due.” The 2007 Master Plan identified capital improvements that needed to be undertaken to provide the throughput capacity needed to efficiently process the cargo volumes that would be stimulated by a massive military buildup.

“Clearly, during the course of the five (5) years that have elapsed, many of the underlying assumptions upon which the 2007 Master Plan was premised did not hold true. Circumstances have changed significantly, such as the reduction and delay of the military buildup,´ Senator Ada stated.

In addition to major changes in the timing and scope of the military buildup, an unsuccessful attempt to secure a public-private partnership for the operation and management of container yard operations, and the untimely requirement to perform service life extension work on Wharf F-5 and possibly other facilities have been significant factors. “Consequently, a reevaluation of plans is needed. This master plan update and re-validation would be a comprehensive review of the Port’s tenants and adjacent operating entities is needed to preserve the vision for the Port Modernization Program and achieve fiscal and operational sustainability for the next 20 years,” states Senator Ada.

“The Port has significant capital requirements to be able to achieve the modernization of the 50 year old facility which plays a critical role in the livelihood of this community. Notwithstanding, the Port must be modernized in a logical and orderly fashion?” Ada stated.