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Unexploded ordnance a major concern in Tinian harbor project

A major concern relating to the development of the Tinian Harbor is the possible presence of unexploded ordnance.

In a recent meeting of stakeholders called by the CNMI CIP Office, Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality Manager Ray Masga raised the concern with respect to unexploded ordnance the CNMI will face if it undertakes a dredging project.

Masga was among those present when the CIP Office and Moffatt & Nichol presented an update on the assessment of the harbor.

Moffatt & Nichol was seeking input from the stakeholders as they proceed with the project expected to be 60 percent completed by December.

Masga pointed out that the presence of UXO could impact any development that takes place at the harbor.

He said with unexploded ordnance there, it will change the approach for dredging and other activities.

He said 20 barrels of unexploded ordinance were found at the finger pier in the past.

He said it is likely that there is still some left.

“We want to ensure that there is no ordnance there,” he said.

The efforts of the stakeholders are geared toward rehabilitating Tinian Harbor in anticipation of economic and military developments on Tinian.

It is expected that an increase in harbor activity will take place in the coming years with the proposed construction of casino-hotels and the looming military buildup in the region.

Moffatt & Nichol was awarded the project to assess the condition of Tinian Harbor at the request of the municipality of Tinian.

Moffatt & Nichol senior vice president S.R. “Dick” Chan himself provided an update on the ongoing assessment of the harbor before the stakeholders in a recent meeting on Capital Hill.