ASAN, Guam – Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Marianas and U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) 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 stability improvements. 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.
NBG 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.”