GUAM – The Navy will finally break ground on its $86 million upgrade at Apra Harbor wharves on May 6, officially marking “the first Marine Corps relocation construction project on Naval Base Guam,” the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Marianas announced today.

“The construction project aims to improve wharves at Apra Harbor essential to enhancing berthing capacities in support of the Navy’s enduring mission, and to facilitate efficient loading and unloading of transient ships that directly support the Marine Corps forces relocating from Okinawa to Guam,” NAVFAC said.

Since the March 9 signing of the final Programmatic Agreement, the Navy was freed up to release nine projects for 2011 totaling up to $1.2 billion, including the wharf upgrade. Honolulu-based Guam MACC Builders JV won the $86 million task order last September as part of the Navy’s largest multiple award construction contract for the buildup.

Watts Constructors LLC, which has had an office in Guam since 2005, manages the joint venture along with Obayashi Corp., Healy Tibbitts Builders Inc. and Webcor Builders.

The partnership is one of the seven joint ventures that won last year the exclusive right to battle it out among themselves for parts of a five-year, $4 billion multiple award construction contract, or MACC, meant to help prepare for the arrival of at least 8,600 Marines and their dependants and support staff no earlier than 2016.

The improvements will allow for berthing of the Amphibious Readiness Group of the United States Navy, which includes elements such as an amphibious assault ship, an amphibious transport dock that lands troops and equipment for marine assaults, a Marine Expeditionary Unit and an array of attack and support aircraft.

The work includes strengthening the wharf, overhauling water distribution systems, partial replacement of the bilge oily waste transfer system and other measures.


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