BY MAUREEN N. MARATITA
Island events are starting up again, as business “gatherings” are allowed, albeit with restrictions. On May 4, the port community will have reason to celebrate — in particular, the Cabras Marine Corp. family.
After months of waiting, Cabras Marine Corp.’s waterfront Pacific Dry Dock and Integrated Maintenance Facility at the Jose D. Leon Guerrero Commercial Port of Guam will host the christening of its newest assets.
- The M/T Hurao and the M/T Endurance — sister harbor tugs purchased for $5 million from Keppel Smit Towage in Hong Kong at the end of 2019, both of which arrived in Guam in early 2020.
Joseph L. Cruz, president of Cabras; said, “These tugs were purchased to continuously support and provide efficient services for commercial and government marine activity within Apra Harbor.”
- The M/T Endeavor, the latest addition to the group’s ocean-going tug fleet, was purchased from Pacific Tugs in San Diego, Calif. and will also be christened.
It was purchased together with the M/V Triton — an offshore supply/freight vessel — from P&R Water Taxi in Honolulu.
Cruz said, “Both vessels were purchased at the beginning of 2020 for a total investment of $5 million. These two vessels were purchased to support Seabridge Inc.’s ocean towage operations.”
According to Journal files, at the beginning of 2020 Cabras Marine applied for and was awarded in May 2020 a $1 million grant through the Maritime Administration’s Small Shipyard Grant Program.
With matching funds of $600,000, Cabras Marine invested in a 175-ton all-terrain LinkBelt crane. Cruz said the purchase has “increased our ship repair and maintenance capabilities, while also improving the efficiency of operations. Having an in-house crane allows [Cabras Marine Corp.] to prevent any potential delays that may arise due to limited crane availability on Guam,” he said.
Cabras Marine is fully committed to investing in the region, Cruz said.. In addition, he said, “Upgrading our fleet ensures efficient operations, to include a steady flow of marine traffic through Apra Harbor, increased capacity for transshipment throughout the region, and enhanced ship repair and maintenance capabilities for military and commercial entities.” mbj