Guam port reopens, Matson resumes operations
The Port Authority of Guam and the U.S. Coast Guard have declared Apra Harbor and the Port of Guam safe and open to all commercial vessel traffic and cargo operations.
Matson’s vessel Maunawili 234W, originally scheduled to arrive Tuesday, May 23, has now docked and cargo operations have commenced. We have requested open gate hours during the Memorial Day holiday to allow deliveries to commence as soon as possible.
Refrigerated containers have been fully powered throughout the voyage and, those not picked up immediately by customers will continue to be powered with available resources in the terminal.
Our next two scheduled Guam voyages remain on time, with Manoa 483W showing an ETA of Tuesday, May 30 and Manukai 237W showing an ETA the following Tuesday, June 6.
As a result of the recent deployment of our two newest Con-Ro vessels, Matsonia and Lurline, into our CLX service, each of these ships will call Guam every five weeks, adding regularly scheduled roll-on / roll-off capabilities for Matson customers.
Port officials said employees have been working around the clock to get the port back up and fully operational.
As of yesterday, the Port terminal yard has been completely cleaned up. Although the Port sustained significant damage to its facilities and assets, preliminary assessments indicate that the island’s only commercial seaport is ready operationally to receive Matson today.
“We can confirm that Gantry 5 is operational after addressing damage to conduits and its circuit board,” said Port General Manager Rory J. Respicio. “Gantry 4 and Gantry 6 have issues with their computer boards and are currently being worked on.”
As of 10:30 a. m. today, U.S. Coast Guard Captain Nicholas Simmons, Captain of the Port, issued the all-clear to open from the waterway perspective and Respicio immediately issued the all-clear from the dockside. This was done after Governor Lou Leon Guerrero gave the directive to place the island back to COR 4.
The Port has received notice of arrivals for two vessels and is ready to service those vessels and Guam Custom’s officers are ready for operations. Matson is scheduled to arrive at noon today, with APL to dock once discharge of Matson’s Maunawili is completed. Matson’s Manoa and Papa Mau are also schedule to arrive May 30.
“The Port received substantial damage to our facilities and our Port Strong Family has been working to get the Port up and running,” Respicio said.