Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Marianas
and U.S. Naval Base Guam held a groundbreaking ceremony for Lima Wharf repairs at Apra Harbor aboard the base April 28.
In January, NAVFAC Marianas awarded a $98 million contract to H20 Guam Joint Venture for the repair and modernization of the wharf and associated
facilities including comprehensive civil, structural, utilities, fire
protection, electrical, and telecommunication work. The project is expected
to be completed by November 2023.
"In these unprecedented times of great power competition, we must do our
part to keep our warfighters ready and able," said NAVFAC Marianas
Commanding Officer Capt. Tim Liberatore.
"Repairing and maintaining critical shore infrastructure, like Lima Wharf, remains vital to ensuring the Navy can meet mission readiness and enable fleet response. These repairs are a long-time coming, and it is refreshing to see it come to fruition. I'm extremely proud of our contracting team for their hard work and dedication in seeing this award through, and look forward to our Facilities Engineering Acquisition Division seeing it through construction."
In addition to superstructure work on the deck and bulkhead, structural
repairs will include installation of replacement sheet pile and site soil
Site utility system repairs include potable water; storm sewer; sanitary sewer; steam system connections; bilge and oily waste water system connections; replacement of the electrical power substation and power mounds; ship-to-shore and lighting electrical distribution; and installation of telecom duct banks, fiber optic lines, and supervisory control and data acquisition system.
Environmental site mitigation and monitoring will be provided as required during dredging and sheet pile work.
Navy Base Commanding Officer Capt. Jeff Grimes said the restoration of Lima Wharf restores the longest maintenance wharf at the installation and allows the
base to more efficiently and effectively conduct maintenance and ship repair
on large ships, predominately the Military Sealift Command (MSC).
"We will have useable wharf space restored to modern capabilities to allow
us to handle all different types of activities that occur on the base from
an amphibious readiness group to a carrier strike group to MSC ships, to
submarines," he said.
"What it does for the fleet is it restores operational
availability by enabling ships to be at sea more than they're in port since
they are maintained at a higher level of readiness. I'd like to thank the
NAVFAC Marianas team for their partnership with the contractor in getting
the momentous project started." (JRM)