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Guam - The Navy has awarded Cabras Marine Corporation a one-year contract, with four option years, to provide pierside ship repair capabilities at the former U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility (SRF) at Apra Harbor.
The company says they intend to focus on "revitalizing ship building and repair as a core industry on Guam" and they are ready to bring back the 'culture and opportunity of SRF.'"
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A release quotes Cabras Marine Corporation President Joseph Cruz as saying that the contract award "is a testament to our reputation as a leader in this field and we are grateful and proud that the Department of the Navy has expressed its confidence in our abilities to perform by awarding CMC this contract.”
READ the release from Cabras Marine below:
CABRAS MARINE CORPORATION COMMERCIAL PORT, APRA HARBOR, GUAM, M.I.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cabras Marine Corporation awarded ship repair contract; CMC ready to bring back “culture and opportunity of SRF”
Commercial Port, Piti, Guam. October 13, 2013 – A once-dominant industry may be making a comeback on the island. The Department of the Navy has awarded Cabras Marine Corporation ("CMC") a contract to manage a Ship Repair Facility at what was originally known as the U.S. Navy Ship Repair Facility.
The duration of the contract is five years with a total contract dollar amount of approximately $77 Million.
According to Cabras Marine Corporation President Joseph L. Cruz, CMC is focused on revitalizing ship building and repair as a core industry on Guam. “Cabras Marine has been around for almost half a century and we’ve always been committed to excellence in the service we provide. This award is a testament to our reputation as a leader in this field and we are grateful and proud that the Department of the Navy has expressed its confidence in our abilities to perform by awarding CMC this contract,” Cruz commented. To support the contract which demands first class affordable service for US Navy Vessel repairs on Guam,
CMC has teamed with Ambyth Shipping and SeaFix based on Guam and the CNMI, Gulf Copper, a Texas firm doing business on Guam since 20008 and NASSCO, a subsidiary of General Dynamics.
Cruz said hiring locally is a Priority, local residents will be first in line. “We will hire local. Period. Anyone brought in from off-island will only be utilized for areas in which Guam does not have the expertise. We are committed to hiring island residents for this facility and we have already planned a job fair that will
take place in the next few weeks,” said Cruz. “Additionally, we are committed to developing local talent and we will train (with the assistance of technical partners) residents in technical areas of ship repair so as to sustain ship repair capabilities on Guam for many years ahead.”
The Cabras Marine President remembers decades ago when Guam’s Ship Repair Facility was a highly sought-after employer for new graduates. “In the 70s and 80s on Guam, when you graduated from high school, you went to college, joined the Military, worked for the government or became an apprentice at SRF, eventually making it a career. CMC wants to bring back the culture and opportunity of SRF.”
Cruz added that many of Guam’s best who stayed behind after the closure of SRF are in their seventies and eighties and the youngest of the last SRF apprentices average around 55 years old. Although he believes that these veterans of the industry still bring a lot to the table, there are opportunities for Guam’s youth, not
just for jobs but careers, in the ship repair industry on Guam.
“Guam’s had some of the best ship repair talent on Guam but after SRF shut down, much of that talent left island to seek employment elsewhere. We want to bring our people back to the island to fill these jobs while we develop a professional apprenticeship program to train our younger generations of workers.”
Through the apprenticeship program, complimented by the wisdom, experience and guidance of the veteran journeymen available on Guam, CMC is committed to building a skilled workforce by bridging that generational gap and keeping our talent on island.
About Cabras Marine Corporation
Cabras Marine Corporation (CMC) is the leading provider of pilot, tug, barge, spill response, firefighting and ferry services on Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. CMC is a small woman-owned business enterprise that is also HUB Zone certified and has been professionally servicing commercial and military enterprises in the region since 1970. CMC performs quality ship repair services at its PACDIM facility located at the Port and its fleet is 100% U.S. Flagged
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