By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Port inks management service contract for Guam's Hotel Wharf rehabilitation
Port General Manager Rory J. Respicio today signed a contract with GHD Inc. to manage the rehabilitation of Hotel Warf and Highway 11 roadway reconstruction projects.
Officials said GHD Inc. will work with the Port’s planning, procurement and engineering divisions to develop the bidding process for the projects and to ensure that the Port meets all timelines and stays within budget.
The rehabilitation project is being funded through a $10 million federal grant along with local port funds and work will include reinforcing the old wharf and building a security fence, installing lighting and constructing other surface work.
Additional funds will be used to upgrade the access road on the Glass Breakwater leading to the wharf.
Respicio said the extensive rehabilitation of Hotel Wharf is a part of the administration 's plan to create a cruise ship industry and offer other industries for our people.
“This is a major milestone in our progress at the seaport to modernize our Port into a world-class facility," he said.
The upgrades to Hotel Wharf will bring it into compliance with the U.S. Coast Guard criteria to regain certification as a designated waterfront facility and also will expand wharf capacity to alleviate any congestion at the main cargo terminal due to Guam being major a transshipment port for the region.