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CPA says it has not established East Harbor as port of entry for Rota

SENATOR Paul A. Manglona has introduced a bill to authorize the use of the East Harbor facility on Rota as an alternate port of entry for small cargo vessels, but the Commonwealth Ports Authority said the measure should clarify that the Rota Mayor’s Office is operating and managing the facility and should be responsible for any future liabilities.

CPA, through its executive director Chris Tenorio, submitted its comment regarding Manglona’s Senate Bill 20-103 which has been referred to the Senate Committee on Public Utilities, Transportation and Communications chaired by Sen. Sixto Igisomar.

According to CPA, it “has not established or regulated East Harbor as a port of entry for Rota; rather, East Harbor is operated and managed by the Rota Mayor’s Office. It is in CPA’s best interest that this arrangement is not altered and recommends language be added that clarifies that the Rota Mayor’s Office currently operates and manages East Harbor and that the Rota Mayor’s Office will be responsible for any liability arising from their operation and management of the harbor.”

CPA said the bill should likewise state that the East Harbor facility may only be used as a port of entry when a designated official determines that weather conditions prevent tugs and barges from entering West Harbor.

“The bill should also designate the entity responsible for determining whether weather conditions prevent entry into West Harbor and define small cargo vessels,” CPA added.

Manglona’s bill states that there have been several calamities on Rota over the last few years due to a shortage of essential goods periods of three months or more.

The bill added that several governors over the years had to issue executive orders declaring a state of significant emergency on Rota due to the depletion of essential goods and commodities.

“In order to alleviate the infrequent and irregular shipping services available to the island of Rota, it is absolutely necessary to authorize the use of Rota’s East Harbor as an alternate port of entry for small cargo vessels,” the bill states.