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AFDB Auxiliary Floating Dry Dock, Large

Floating dry docks submerge beneath a ship that is to be worked on, then rise up underneath it until the ship is out of the water, perched on the deck of the floating dry dock.

Marisco operates two floating dry docks, the larger called AFDM-6 and the smaller called Lil Perris. AFDM-6 replaced the large dry dock called Big Mike, the largest dry dock in the state, in January 2002 and operates in the same location. The Hawaii state Health Department claims Marisco has released sandblast grit, cooling water, oil, hydraulic fluid and other pollutants into Kalaeloa/Barbers Point Harbor from its dry-dock operations. Marisco is using the dry dock, called Competent AFDM-6, at its Barbers Point facility to work on a Coast Guard cutter, the lawsuit alleges.

In February 2002 Ship construction and repair company Pacific Shipyards International LLC filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against Hawaii competitor Marisco Ltd. and Tanadgusix Corp. of Alaska, alleging misuse of a federally funded floating dry dock.

On April 2, 1996, at an Executive Staff Oversight Committee meeting, Captain Humphreys-Sprague announced that the SRF would be deeded to the LRA with conditions that it be used for maritime or maritime repair purposes. It was also revealed that the AFDM-8 will be sent to Hawaii, while the AFDM-5 will be excessed. On April 8, 1996 a letter from Chief of Staff, COMNAVMAR to BRAC '95 Project Director indicated that there was no longer a valid requirement for a floating dry dock in Guam for Navy use. Plans were to retain the floating dry dock RICHLAND (AFDM-8) as a Navy contingency dock in the Pacific Northwest or Honolulu area. The RICHLAND is necessary for Navy ship repairs and must be kept in a certified status. In offering the AFDM-5 to GOVGUAM, there is no requirement that it be kept certified for Navy ships or repairs. At an ESOC meeting, Navy indicated that the AFDM 8 is a CINCPACFLT asset as is the AFDM 5 and that the Navy is making the AFDM 5 available as additional excess beyond BRAC language. GovGuam contests this interpretation of the BRAC language and argues that the AFDM-5 was temporarily transferred to SRF Guam from Subic Bay, pending completion of the AFDM-8 overhaul.

In August 1996 the Fleet & Industrial Supply Center, San Diego, placed a contract, on a sole source basis, with Westmont Industries, Inc. of Sante Fe Springs, CA for the assembly, installation and testing of two AFDM 8 Portal Cranes for the NAVSEA Deck and Hull Systems Engineering Group. Place of performance was the Ship Repair Facility (SRF) Guam, and the period of performance was approximately 90 days from contract award.

In October 1996 the Naval Sea Systems Command planned to lease floating dry dock AFDM 8 to ''U.S.'' Port Authority or ''U.S.''-owned, operated and licensed-firm engaged in shipbuilding, ship repair, and/or overhaul within the United States, its territories, possessions and Puerto Rico. The terms ''U.S. Port Authority'' or ''U.S. owned firm'' includes Port Authority's of U.S. territories, U.S. possesions and Puerto Rico and Firms owned by citizens of U.S. territories, U.S. possesions and Puerto Rico. The dry dock will be leased on an ''as is, where is'' basis for use at the lessee's site. The lessee must take delivery and is responsible for all costs associated with preparing the AFDM-8 for tow, towing the AFDM 8 from it's current location to an approved site, preparing an operating basin to receive the dry dock while complying with all federal, state and local environmental laws, mooring the dry dock in accordance with an approved plan, and making the dock fully operational. The lessee must also, at their own expense, get the dry dock Navy certified and maintain Navy certification during the term of the lease under the NAVSEA dry dock certification program. The lessee must maintain the dry dock during the entire term of the lease at their own expense and without alteration or modification of the dry dock. In addition to the normally required levels of insurance, the lessee shall provide suitable levels of insurance for risk of loss of the AFDM-8 during any tow. Dry dock manuals and a copy of the latest inspection report are available for prospective offerors to review aboard the AFDM 8, which was located at SRF, Guam.

After weeks of negotiations and presentations to the federal General Services Administration, Governor Gutierrez in May 1998 was successful in having a third dry-dock allocated to Guam. This dry-dock the "AFDB-8 Machinst" is larger than the two floating dry-docks that are leased to GovGuam under BRAC. "AFDB" stands for Auxiliary Floating Dry-dock "Big". The existing "AFDM's" are "Medium" sized docks. The Governor, along with the BRAC office became aware of the availability of the dry-dock through the Guam State Agency for Surplus Property (GSA under the Dept. of Administration). Governor Gutierrez immediately wrote a letter and presented GovGuam's plan for the use of the dry-dock.

The dry-dock, which has a current value of approximately $24 million, is in Hawaii. Under the allocation granted today, it will be examined and then towed to Guam for use at the privatized Guam Shipyard at Apra Harbor. The Guam Shipyard currently repairs Military Sealift Command ships and commercial vessels in a medium sized dry-dock (AFDM-5), while the AFDM-8 is being re-certified. With the addition of this new, larger dry-dock, the Guam Shipyard will be able to service larger military and commercial vessels, thus greatly increasing the economic potential of this enterprise.

With the addition of the AFDB-8 Machinst, the list of ships that can be serviced at the dry-dock include the USS Blue Ridge,USS Tarawa, USS Belleau Wood, USS Peleliu, USS Essex, USS Boxer, USS Coronado, USS Cimarron, USS Willamette, USS Ranier, USS Sacramento, USS Camden, USNS Diehl, USNS Tippecanoe, USNS Guadalupe and USNS Yukon.



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