Harbor projects in the works


The Commonwealth Ports Authority’s executive manager, Maryann Lizama, met with the U.S. Army Corps last week to discuss the rehabilitation of the Tinian harbor and modifications to the Rota Harbor.

Lizama described the first part of the project as “technical studies” where sites will be investigated and designs made for construction in later phases.

On Tinian, the project aims to have Tinian harbor become a safe haven for ships, as right now its breakwater is dilapidated, according to Lizama.

On Rota, modifications will be made to widen the channel and turning basin, as well enhance facilities there, she said.

A Rota facilities master plan was created in 1997, according to Lizama, but the present project will have to cater to water current and surges now.

More information on the project’s latter phases is expected from the Army Corps by the end of this month, according to her.

A breakdown of the project would be presented to the CPA board at their next meeting.

As reported earlier, the Army Corps is working with CPA on these projects, estimated to cost around $3 million, split between federal and local funds.

However, the CNMI’s share of $1.22 million for the Rota project will now the cost $989,000, and the local cost of the Tinian project at $1.13 million is now $891,500 due a change Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan included in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act this year.

Dennis B. Chan | Reporter
Dennis Chan covers education, environment, utilities, and air and seaport issues in the CNMI. He graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Guam. Contact him at dennis_chan@saipantribune.com.

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