9 Jun 2008

Guam to receive US help in upgrading port ahead of troop relocation

3:14 pm on 9 June 2008

The US Government will help upgrade Guam's port to accommodate the large influx of U.S. military being relocated from Okinawa in Japan to the territory,

The Pacific Daily News reports that a memorandum of understanding signed by Governor Felix Camacho solidifies a partnership between the Port Authority of Guam and the U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration regarding port modernization.

The help will mostly be technical - not financial - in nature.

Monte Mesa, chairman of the Guam Port Authority's board says the cooperation will greatly reduce red-tape, speed procurement and assist with identifying sources of funding.

The Port Authority expects the volume of incoming cargo to more than double during the buildup construction projects' peak between 2010 and 2013.

In 2007, the Defence Department described the lack of upgrades at the port as a potential "chokepoint" in the flow of construction materials for the military buildup.