Tinian Phase 2 Divert Airfield proposal date pushed back

Bids for Phase 2 (listed as the second part of Phase 1) of the Tinian Divert Airfield have been pushed back to Oct. 22 from Aug. 6.

Phase 1 – for which bids were due June 16 at Naval Facilities Engineering Pacific – covers the Cargo Pad with Taxiway Extension and Maintenance Storage Facility and Phase 2 covers the Airfield Development and Apron (See “At your bidding; military projects continue in play,” in the July 6 issue of the Journal). 


Off-island company gets Marianas MilCon

 Jacobs/B&M JV of Pasadena, Calif., was awarded a $99 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, architect-engineer contract for architect-engineer services for various Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and other government facilities within the NAVFAC Pacific area of operations. Locations include Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands (75%); Australia (15%); Hawaii (5%); and Diego Garcia (5%).

The five-year contract is due to be completed by July 2025. Fiscal 2018 military construction funds of $10,000 are obligated to this award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Future task orders will be primarily funded by military construction. The contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website and two proposals were received. NAVFAC Pacific, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, is the contracting activity, according to a July 6 release from the U.S. Department of Defense.


United sets Micronesia schedule

United announced services July 4 through October for the Micronesian “island hopper,” on routes between Guam and Fukuoka, Nagoya, Kansai and Narita, the Guam-Manila route (also via Koror) and to Koror and Yap, according to routesonline.


Guam – Chuuk – Pohnpei eff 12SEP20 1 weekly UA175/096 737-700 (Sat-Sun)

Guam – Chuuk – Pohnpei – Kosrae – Kwajalein – Majuro – Honolulu
Service operates on following dates with 737-700: 22-23JUL20, 24-25AUG20
eff 11SEP20 2 weekly UA155/154 737-800 (Mon-Tue, Fri-Sat)
Guam – Chuuk – Pohnpei – Kwajalein – Majuro – Honolulu eff 09SEP20 1 weekly UA155/154 737-800 (Wed-Thur)
Guam – Chuuk – Pohnpei – Majuro – Honolulu eff 13SEP20 1 weekly UA133/132 737-800 (Sun-Mon)

Guam – Fukuoka 1 daily 737-700 cancelled (Service to resume on 25OCT20)

Guam – Honolulu 1 daily 777-200 (Planned 8th weekly in July/August 2020 cancelled). Revised schedule now extended to 07SEP20
UA200 GUM0900 – 2015-1HNL 777 D
UA201 HNL1640 – 2020+1GUM 777 D

Guam – Koror
Service operates on following dates with 737-700: 13AUG20, 03SEP20
eff 09SEP20 Service returns to 4 weekly level, 737-700/-800

Guam – Koror – Manila eff 08SEP20 2 weekly 737-700
Guam – Manila 
eff 08SEP20 1 daily 737-700/-800

Guam – Nagoya eff 08SEP20 2 daily 737-700/-800 (Previous plan: eff 03AUG20)
Guam – Osaka Kansai 
eff 08SEP20 7 weekly 737-700/-800 (Instead of 10 weekly)

Guam – Pohnpei – Chuuk – Guam 737-700 to operate following dates: 11-12JUL20, 01-02AUG20, 08-09AUG20

Guam – Saipan eff 03AUG20 Service returns to 10 weekly level, 737-700/-800

Guam – Tokyo Narita 3 weekly 737-700 (10 weekly 737-700 from 03AUG20, schedule below. 3 daily 737-700/-800 now scheduled from 08SEP20)
UA828 GUM0700 – 0955NRT 73G 257
UA196 GUM1205 – 1500NRT 73G D

UA827 NRT1100 – 1555GUM 73G 257
UA197 NRT1725 – 2220GUM 73G D

Guam – Yap
Service operates on following dates with 737-700: 12JUL20, 02AUG20, 23AUG20
eff 09SEP20 2 weekly 737-700 (Wed / Sun)

Honolulu – Tokyo Narita eff 08SEP20 1 daily 777-200ER


Coronavirus numbers grow in Guam; NMI introduces new regs

As of July 7 – with the addition of two positives, Guam’s positive case numbers are at 303 with 5 deaths, 184 released from isolation, and 114 active cases. Of those cases, 257 are classified as civilians and 46 are military service members. 

The Northern Mariana Islands has introduced new regulations for arrivals in the face of increasing numbers in Guam and the U.S. mainland, where the majority of its visitors originate, according to a July 6 release. The NMI has 31 positive cases, with two deaths.  

Effective July 9, to avoid quarantine in a government-approved facility, arrivals must

  • Fill out an online CNMI Mandatory Declaration Form at least three days prior to their arrival on Saipan at www.governor.gov.mp/covid-19/travel
  • Register and respond daily to the Sara Alert Symptom Monitoring System for 14 consecutive days, starting on the first day after arrival, and while awaiting results of testing, must exercise self-quarantine as prescribed by CHCC
  • Consent to specimen collection for COVID-19 testing upon arrival (before exiting the airport or seaport) and five days after arrival
  • Provide proof of a valid PCR test from a specimen collected a minimum of three days to a maximum of six (6) days prior to the individual’s arrival on Saipan to be reviewed by a CNMI Health Representative.

All returning residents will be scheduled for an appointment for a second specimen collection five days after their arrival. Residents who do not show up for their specimen collection appointment will be charged a $500 penalty and brought to the NMI approved quarantine/isolation site by NMI DPS for specimen collection and isolation while waiting for their results.

 Essential workers requesting entry into NMI must complete the essential worker request section within the online CNMI Mandatory Declaration Form at least three (3) days prior to arrival.  The request will be reviewed by the CNMI Territorial Health Official for a decision.. Travelers in this category are urged to communicate with the CNMI Territorial Health Official via [email protected] in advance of plannning s trip to CNMI.

An “essential worker” is one listed in the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers Advisory List accessible from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity, and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at www.cisa.gov/critical-infrastructure-sectors.

Non-residents must arrive with proof of a valid polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test from a specimen collected at a minimum of three (3) days to a maximum of six (6) days prior to the individual’s arrival on Saipan that is reviewed by a CNMI Health Representative.


Saipan restaurants close

Tony Roma’s and Capricciosa will be closing their doors at the Comete Center in Garapan this month, according to a July 3 release from Triple J Enterprises Inc.

Triple J will maintain both franchise licenses and hopes to reopen the restaurants at a later date, possibly in a different location, the release said.

The Surf Club Restaurant and Grand Harvest Bakery & Café – both in Chalan Kano – will remain open, the release said. Bubba Gump in Garapan on Beach Road will open once  economic conditions are better, the release said.


Asiana to fly one time to Saipan

Asiana has opened a commercial flight for July 27 on the Saipan-Seoul route.

The Asiana flight will be the first since flights to the Northern Mariana Islands were suspended March 2 and is expected to bring in mostly returning residents.

Passengers who need to travel and can travel onward from Seoul will be carried on the return leg which will depart Saipan the same date. The Asiana Airbus A321 being utilized can carry 174 passengers.


Trump signs extension for PPP

Employers now have until Aug. 8 to apply for loans through the Paycheck Protection Program, after President Donald Trump signed the extension into law July 4.

The extension may give businesses that missed out on the first round of awards time to apply, particularly as funds are still available.


IT&E warns of scam

A scam offers prizes to IT&E consumers who complete a survey, but IT&E said in a July 6 release it has no such promotion and warned clients not to respond or click on the link. mbj