Guam companies awarded military ship repair work

Cabras Marine Corp., Guam Guam Industrial Services Inc., which does business as Guam Shipyard, and Seafix Inc. were awarded Dec 1 a combined contract not to exceed $249 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract for the general ship repair of Military Sealift Command vessels on Guam.

Each awardee will be awarded $3,500 (minimum contract guarantee per awardee) at contract award. Work is expected to be completed by November 2027.

“This contract was a HUBZone set side with proposals solicited via the Government Point of Entry website and three proposals received,” according to a release from the U.S. Department of Defense. The Navy’s Military Sealift Command, Ship Support Unit Guam made the award.            

In other contracting news, APTIM Federal Services LLC was awarded a $12.92 million modification to a previous contract “for recurring maintenance and minor repair of petroleum systems.” According to a Dec. 5 release from the U.S. Department of Defense. Work will be performed in Tamuning has an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2023. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Huntsville, Alabama made the award.

According to Journal files, previous projects awarded to APTIM included the TFS-APTIM joint venture for a $21.45 million contract for construction of a fuel truck offload facility at Andersen Air Force Base and a $24.6 million contract for the construction of hardened shelters over and around two Navy petroleum oil lubricant infrastructure elements at Naval Base Guam.


Pohnpei residents to get fuel subsidy

On Nov. 28 President David W. Panuelo signed an emergency regulation and proposed permanent regulation for the Federated States of Micronesia, implementing Public Law 22-139. Public Law 22-139 for the States of Chuuk and Kosrae remits 20% of tax revenue directly to the States for their respective Legislative branches’ appropriation, but for Pohnpei the law describes that for fiscal 2023 the taxes “shall be remitted to fuel wholesalers for the purpose of providing a fuel subsidy on gasoline, diesel, and kerosene to Pohnpei residents.”

The subsidy – which reduces the cost of fuel by 50% according to a Dec. 1 release – takes effect immediately and will remain until the end of fiscal 2023 on Sept., 2023.


Maximum allotments for the SNAP program (formerly food stamps) for fiscal 2023

  • Guam: $1,385
  • Northern Mariana Islands: Saipan, $1,231, Rota and the Northern Islands $1,498, Tinian $1,301.
  • Hawaii: $1,794
  • 48 states and D.C.: $939
  • Alaska: $1,172 to $1,819
  • S. Virgin Islands: $1,208


Christmas Drop kicks off with participation from other air forces and countries

The 2022 Operation Christmas Drop began Dec. 4, at Andersen Air Force Base “with participating airmen from the U.S. and five partner nations,” according to the Pacific Air Force.

The 36th Wing at Andersen is hosting U.S. participation from the 374th Airlift Wing at Yokota Air Base, Japan and the 15th Wing, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, as well as personnel from Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and India, according to the public affairs office at Andersen. Korean media are reporting that 30 personnel will join from Korean Air Force, which is participating for the second year.

Aside from various locations at Andersen, donations can be dropped until Dec. 9 at the Holiday Tower Condos in Sinajana, the American Grocery in Dededo, Cost U Less in Harmon, the Santa Teresita Catholic Church in Mangilao, Ladera Towers in Mangilao and the Mobil gas station in Ipan, according to Andersen.  Various organizations in Guam, including Rotary, support the Christmas Drop.

Welcome donations include antifungal cream/ointment; canned goods (minimum two-year expiration); canopy materials (canvas, rope); cement (paste-not quickcrete) children’s books; cloth/clothing; coffee; cookware; fishing supplies (hooks, line, rope); flashlights (manually powered); fruit/vegetable seeds; hand tools; hygiene products (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss); pond liners (plastic sheeting); rice; sandals/shoes; school supplies; sunglasses/hats; toys; towels, bed sheets, small pillows; and duct tape and sand paper, according to Andersen.

For more information contact [email protected] 

Operation Christmas Drop delivers to more than 20,000 islanders in about 56 islands in the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau.


And also …

Gov. Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero on Dec. 5 signed Executive Order No. 2022-26, relative to extending the public health emergency. Effective Dec. 6, the public health emergency declaration is scheduled to expire on Jan. 6.

BankGuam Holding Co. announced Dec. 6 its board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $50 per share for holders of common stock, and a dividend payment to the holders of 7.08% Floating Rate Noncumulative Preferred Stock, Series A. Dividends will be paid on Dec. 30 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 15.

The Salvation Army’s Guam Corps is looking for bell ringers for the holiday season.  There are seven locations to choose from and shifts are every two hours. For more information contact Mel Calvo, development coordinator at (671) 477-9873.

Amplify’s 4th annual Giving Tree Project is seeking donations of essential items to benefit two of Guam’s community shelters: Sanctuary Inc. & Alee Shelter. The shelters are requesting non-perishable food, toiletries, cleaning supplies, undergarments and clothing, gifts for children (although not requested by shelters, Amplify is accepting children’s gifts).

  • Donors can contact Amplify at [email protected] for a detailed list of donation items. Donors can drop-off the items to Sanctuary Inc. on Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Alee Shelter on Dec. 17 from 8 a.m. to noon.

For your diary:

Dec. 5: Hotel Nikko Guam’s first holiday light show kicked off from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the hour for six minutes. For info on three more light shows until Jan. 7, contact the Nikko at (671) 649-8815.

Dec. 7: Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands membership meeting, PIC Saipan, 10 a.m.

Dec. 9: Guam Visitors Bureau quarterly membership meeting, Hilton Guam Resort & Spa, 10 a.m. to noon

Dec. 10: The Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association/Japan Guam Travel Association’s Keep Guam Clean, 6:30 a.m. for 7 a.m., Matapang Beach Park. Contact GHRA at (671) 649-1447 or [email protected] to participate.

Dec. 10 and 11: The Dusit Thani Guam Resort is hosting Surprise visits from Santa & Gingerbread House Making & Decorating from 1 to 3 p.m. as well as on Dec.17 and 18 and Dec. 24 in the 1st floor lobby. The Tumon Bay Youth Orchestra Musical Performance will on Dec. 21 from 6.30 p.m. at the Dusit Beach lobby.

Dec. 13: Village Town Hall meeting for U.S. Veterans in the Northern Mariana Islands from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the American Memorial Park Theater. mbj