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North And South Korean Leaders To Meet For Historic Summit On April 27

He said at He his said at swearing-in ceremony ceremony in sister joined the joined Pyongyang his swearing-in in When Kim's When Kim's sister the Pyongyang 2017 "for peace on the Korean Peninsula, I delegation to the games in February, she 2017 "for peace on the Korean Peninsula, I delegation to the games in February, she will do everything that I can that do." IThe was the first her family to step will do everything canlast do." The last wasmember the firstofmember of her family to step Inter-Korean summit was held inwas October onto Southonto Korean soil since the Inter-Korean summit held in October South Korean soilKorean since the Korean 2007, when thenwhen President Moo-hyun War in theWar 1950s. It comes 2007, then Roh President Roh Moo-hyun in the 1950s.inItsharp comescontrast in sharp contrast met Kim'smet father, Kim Jong Kim Il. Jong Il. to 2017 when the peninsula appeared to Kim's father, to 2017 when the peninsula appeared to By John M. Robertson be barreling conf lict, with be toward barreling toward confKim lict, with Kim overseeingoverseeing a string of amissile nuclear string and of missile and nuclear The threatThe to security threat to onsecurity Guam from on Guam Northfrom North tests and Trump promising "fire and fury" tests and Trump promising "fire and fury" Korea has Korea not gone hasaway. not gone However, away. there However, there as Pyongyang threatenedthreatened Guam, Hawaii as Pyongyang Guam, Hawaii has been rapid has been change rapid thischange year, especially this year, as especially as and even the mainland. The Kim-Moon andUS even the US mainland. The Kim-Moon result of North resultKorean of North participation Korean participation in the in the summit will precede encounter encounter summit willa bombshell precede a bombshell Olympic Games Olympic at Pyongyang Games at Pyongyang in February. in February. between the young the North Korean leader andleader and between young North Korean The Korean The leader, Korean Kim leader, Jong Kim Un, has Jong agreed Un, has agreed US President Trump -- the first --time US Donald President Donald Trump the first time to talks with to both talks South with both Korean South President Korean President a sitting US leader US has leader met with member a sitting hasamet with aofmember of Moon Jae-in Moon and Jae-in U.S. President and U.S.Donald President Donald the Kim dynasty. is expected meet to meet the KimTrump dynasty. Trump isto expected Trump. HeTrump. has indicated He haswillingness indicated willingness to to with the North Korean despot before the end the end with the North Korean despot before discuss thediscuss elimination the elimination of all nuclear of all weapons nuclear weapons of May. of May. on the Korean on the Peninsula. Korean Peninsula. What this What meansthis is means is yet to be determined. yet to be determined. Is he giving-in Is hebecause giving-in because South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-g yon, left,willKim Kim 'Resolve' Denuclearization will 'Resolve' Denuclearization shakes hands with North Korean delegation head Ri Son of the sanctions of theimposed sanctionsbyimposed the United by the United Gwon at Panmunjom on March 29. Nations? Does Nations? he believe Does he thatbelieve he hasthat reached he has reached In the surest yet that Kim intent In sign the surest sign yet isthat Kimonis intent on a position of a position strengthofbystrength provingby theproving capability the capability engaging in international talks, the North engaging in international talks, the North of his nation of his to produce nation toa produce nuclear bomb a nuclear and bomb Flurry and ofFlurry Diplomacy of Diplomacy Korean leader made his first foreign tripforeign as Korean leader made his first trip as the means the of delivering means of delivering it to any point it to on anythe point on the leader to Beijing during week of 25week March leader to Beijing during of 25 March American American continent and continent thus inand a favorable thus in a favorable The confirmation The confirmation of the summit of the is summit the is the to meet with Chinese Jinping.Xi Jinping. to meet withPresident Chinese Xi President negotiatingnegotiating posture? Isposture? he seeking Is he theseeking prestigethe prestige outcome ofoutcome weeks ofofhurried weeks of diplomacy, hurried diplomacy, after aftertrip was The partwas an in effort to an old Theintrip part anmend effort to mend an old from having from methaving face tomet faceface withtoleaders face with of leadersa of surprise athaw surprise in relations thaw inon relations the Korean on the Korean alliance which has been strained recent in recent alliance which has beeninstrained China, South China, Korea South andKorea the United and the States. United States. peninsula peninsula earlier thisearlier year. In this January, year. Inthe January, the years. During hisDuring China his trip,China Kim again years. trip, Kim again The answer The to these answer questions to thesemay questions surface may surface North Korean North government Korean government unexpectedly unexpectedly stated he wanted to wanted "resolve" issue ofthe issue of stated he tothe "resolve" in the weeks in ahead. the weeks This ahead. is important This is important to all to resumed all communications resumed communications with Southwith Korea South Korea denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, nations of the nations world of and the world especially and the especially Unitedthe United and agreedand to talks, sending agreed to talks, sending a team to South a team to South according according to Chinesetostate media. Onmedia. that On that Chinese state States and States Japan and and Japan more particularly and more particularly to to Korea's Winter Korea's Olympics. Winter Olympics. Thursday,Thursday, high-ranking Chinese diplomat high-ranking Chinese diplomat residents ofresidents Guam where of Guam we have wherea front we have rowa front row and Politburo Jiechi arrived in arrived in and member PolitburoYang member Yang Jiechi seat. seat. Seoul to brief South Korean officials the Seoul to brief South Koreanonofficials on the

Seoul (CNN) Seoul The (CNN) leadersThe of North leadersand of North South and South Korea willKorea meet on will April meet27onforApril the first 27 for time the first time since 2007,since the two 2007, countries the twoannounced countries announced Thursday 29 Thursday March 29 after March high-level after talks. high-level talks. The landmark The meeting landmarkbetween meetingPresident between President Moon Jae-in Moon and Jae-in Kim Jong and Un Kimwill Jong beUn heldwill be held on the northern on theside northern of the side Demilitarized of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), Zone according (DMZ), according to a corrected to a joint corrected joint statement issued statement afterissued the talks. afterOfficials the talks.from Officials from both sides were both sides to hold were working-level to hold working-level talks on talks on April 4 to prepare April 4 to forprepare the meeting for theand meeting agree and agree on securityon and security mediaand arrangements, media arrangements, it added. it added.

The summit The will summit be seen will as be a victory seen asfor a victory for Moon, who Moon, has long whobeen has long pushing beenhard pushing hard for diplomatic for diplomatic relations with relations Northwith Korea. North Korea. 8 | APRIL2018

North Korean leader's visit to Beijing. Kevin North Korean leader's visit to Beijing. Kevin Rudd, former Australian Prime Minister Rudd, former Australian Primeand Minister and Asia Society Policy Institute told Asia Society PolicyPresident, Institute President, told CNN thereCNN had been wide misreading of there ahad been a wide misreading of Kim's statements on denuclearization. Kim's statements on denuclearization.

"North Korean negotiating posture hasposture one has one "North Korean negotiating core objective, is regime core which objective, whichsurvival, is regime survival, and havingand spent the last 25 the years having spent lastacquiring 25 years acquiring nuclear deterrent is hard toit believe the that the nuclearitdeterrent is hard that to believe North Koreans prepared give thattoup," Northare Koreans areto prepared give that up," Kim Jong Un invites President Moon to N. Korea in he talks said. "This language denuclearization) he said. "This (of language (of denuclearization) with the North Korean leaders’ sister and prime minister is not new,isit's been foraround quite a for quite a not new,around it's been long time, long and the core is its point highlyis its highly time, andpoint the core conditional." Japanese Prime Minister conditional." Japanese PrimeShinzo Minister Shinzo Abe is expected meet with Trump at his Abe istoexpected to meet with Trump at his www.guamcontractors.org

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The New York The New TimesYork firstTimes reported last first reported last month month Secret, direct Secret, talks direct underway talks underway between between that the CIA thatwas thetaking CIA was the taking lead inthe preparing lead in preparing US and North US and Korea North Korea for the Trump-Kim for the Trump-Kim summit. Officials summit.said Officials said the participation the participation of the North of the Koreans NorthinKoreans the in the Washington Washington (CNN)The(CNN)The United States United andStates and preparatory talks give them talks more give them confidence more confidence North Korea North have Korea been have holding been secret, holding secret, preparatory that Kim isthat serious Kimabout is serious meeting. aboutUntil meeting. Until direct talksdirect to prepare talks to forprepare a summit for between a summit between the talks between the talksUS between and North US and Korean North Korean President Donald President Trump Donald andTrump Northand Korea North Korea intelligence intelligence officials began officials in earnest, began in earnest, leader Kimleader Jong Kim Un, aJong sign Un, thataplanning sign thatfor planning for Trump andTrump his aides andhave his aides reliedhave partly relied on partly on the highly the anticipated highly anticipated meeting is meeting progressing, is progressing, the characterizations of the South of Koreans, the South Koreans, several administration several administration officials familiar officials familiar the characterizations experienced have experienced a rapprochement a rapprochement with the discussions with the discussions tell CNN. tell Central CNN. Central which havewhich since the Olympic since thegames Olympic heldgames in Pyongchang held in Pyongchang Intelligence Intelligence Agency Director AgencyMike Director Pompeo Mike Pompeo South Korean soldiers stand as vehicles carrying a South in February inthat February led to that Kim's ledhistoric to Kim's invite historic invite and a teamand at the a team CIAathave the CIA been working have been working Korean delegation pass the Unification Bridge, which leads to Trump. to The Trump. Chinese Thehave Chinese also provided have also provided through intelligence through intelligence back-channels to back-channels to make make to the Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, briefing to a briefing the White to the House White afterHouse Kim after and Kim and preparations preparations for the summit, for thethe summit, officials thesaid. officialsa said. Thursday, March 29. President Xi President JinpingXi metJinping in Beijing met late in Beijing last late last American American and Northand Korean North intelligence Korean intelligence month. State month. 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SecurityIncoming Council. Incoming discuss thediscuss denuclearization the denuclearization of the Korean of the Korean with Seoul.with Ri Son Seoul. Gwon, Ri Son chairman Gwon, of chairman of peninsula.peninsula. national security national adviser security John adviser Bolton, John who Bolton, who Pyongyang's Pyongyang's "Committee "Committee for the Peaceful for the Peaceful starts workstarts at thework White at the House White on Monday House on9 Monday 9 Reunification Reunification of the Country" of the led Country" the North led the North April, istoexpected assume to a large assume rolea in large the role in the The NorthThe Koreans Northare Koreans pushing aretopushing have theto haveApril, the is expected Korean delegation Korean delegation while Unification while Unification Minister Minister planning the talks, foralong the talks, withalong Pompeo. withAt Pompeo. 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Officials said Officials the decision said thetodecision use the already to use the already existing intelligence existing intelligence channel was channel more awas facet more a facet of Pompeo's of current Pompeo's status current as CIA status director as CIA director as he awaits as confirmation he awaits confirmation as secretary as of secretary of The South Korean delegation approaches the Unification state than state a reflection than a of reflection the content of the of content the of the Bridge on their way to talks at the DMZ, Thursday, discussions. discussions. 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small biz notes Awards in March continued to pick up for the Department of Defense. NAVFAC Marianas awarded about $81.7M to Small Business (SB) concerns on Guam for a variety of products and services through 31Mar2018. The socio-economic breakdown is as follows: • $47.4M - Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) • $58.5M - HUBZone Small Business (HZ) • $5.4M - Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) • $2.6M - Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)

• CH Equipment Rental & Construction was awarded about $715K to demolish two elevated water tanks on North and South Finegayan Guam.

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occupational health services on Naval Base Guam and Andersen Air Force Base. • Keum Yang Corporation was awarded about $3.4M to repair and upgrade a chiller unit system at Andersen Air Force Base. • Reliable Builders Inc., was awarded about $1.1M for repairs and upgrades to Building 586, Naval Base Guam. • Reliable Builders Inc. was also awarded about $834K for repairs and upgrades to Building 557, Naval Base Guam. • Tikigaq Construction, LLC was awarded about $814K for repairs and upgrades to Building 2116, Naval Base Guam. • Wolf Creek Federal Services Inc. was awarded about $4.4M to continue providing housing occupancy and maintenance services on Naval Base Guam and Andersen Air Force Base Source: Federal Procurement Data System – Next Generation

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Hoist Block Inspection Checklist A monthly crane and rigging informative column for all personnel directly or indirectly involved with crane safety. Each month we will attempt to explain a different technical issue pertaining to crane operations here on Guam, addressing the sometimes over-looked or misunderstood topics by management and operators alike. By Dave Barnhouse This month’s crane topic is hoist block and ball inspection, an item frequently overlooked by the operator when performing his daily or monthly inspections. During my annual inspections I frequently find at least one or more of the more common hook block deficiencies. These include: safety latch weak or broken spring, missing data plate or weight and capacity info, dry swivel, damaged sheave flanges, rough hook surface capable of cutting synthetic slings, missing or damaged cheek plate retaining pins. Some of the common findings that are cause for crane block or ball removal from service until repaired or replaced: • Elongated center pin and hook trunnion holes exceeding 5% of original diameter, • Bent side plates, • Severe corrosion pitting • Corroded hook threads, • Bent or twisted hook, • Welding on hook, • Damaged or dysfunctional hook latch, • Cracks in sheaves, side plates, cheek weights, center pins, hook trunnion, dead end connections and hook. • Material loss due to wear exceeding 10% of original section. • Sheave wobble, • Deeply corrugated (not imprinted) sheave grooves, • Sheave wire rope groove diameter smaller than 2.5% or greater than 10% of the nominal wire diameter, • Missing or damaged retaining nuts, 14 | APRIL2018

snap rings, set screws, cotter pins, tie bolts, hook nut cap screws and lock wire, • Missing or illegible rating and warning tags. • Lack of sheave and hook bearing lubrication. Continuous operation: lubricate bushings every 8 hours and roller bearings every 24 hours. Intermittent operation: lubricate bushings and bearing every 14 days. • Ball swivel end play gap exceeding .08”. Excessive endplay indicates damaged internal set screw. For additional information on any particular block refer to the manufacturer. Block and Ball Monthly Inspection Checklist • If hook throat opening has increased by 5% • Load bearing point has been worn by 10%, the hook must be replaced. • Inspect hook tip.  If it is twisted by 10°  or more the hook must be replaced. • Check for excessive damage from chemicals and for deformation and cracks. • Check for and replace damaged, inoperative, or missing hook latches. The purpose for the inspection check list is to provide a quick reference for checking the integrity of a block or overhaul ball for continued use. The inspector must be aware of elongation, cracks, fractures, corrosion, unauthorized welding, damage to bearings and have NDT testing performed if necessary to assure product integrity. www.guamcontractors.org

Never use a crane block without a legible identification tag...Crane block tag is required to insure proper block application.” All hook and ball assemblies and load blocks shall be labeled with their rated capacity and weight.”- ASME B30.5-1.7.6. Most block manufacturers recommend a complete tear down inspection of crane blocks and overhaul balls every five (5) years to include a full magnetic particle inspection of the hook or load fitting, unless a more frequent period is required by regulation, standard, policy or indicated by previous inspection. Signs of Fatigue A crane’s bottom block assembly is made of many critical components that are subjected to loads and stresses during each hoisting cycle. While hook failure can occur due to overloading or mechanical abuse of the hook, hooks most often fail due to cumulative fatigue. Like Us On Facebook


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These failures usually originate as a fatigue crack in the hook shank. The hook shank, which transfers the load to the hook block, is supported within the body of the block by a rotate bearing and other mechanical components not visible without disassembly. You may not get any prior warning in the case of a fatigue failure. Fatigue failure is dependent on the load, stress level and number of lifting cycles. Heavy process-duty applications, changes in application, overloads, old equipment and the use of below-the-hook lifting devices are all factors that may contribute to cumulative fatigue. Non-destructive Testing for crane hook inspections Island CERTS utilizes proven non-destructive testing techniques such as dye penetrant, or magnetic particle, in addition to the visual inspection and measurements normally performed during a hook inspection. Most importantly, the bottom block is completely disassembled. Then, critical components are examined along with the hook shank, where most fatigue failures originate. Lubrication of Hook Bearings: Anti Friction — Every 14 days for frequent swiveling; every 45 days for infrequent swiveling. Bronze Thrust Bushing or No Bearing — Every 16 hours for frequent swiveling; every 21 days for infrequent swiveling.

ASME B30.10 Inspection Frequency 1. Frequent Inspection– visual examinations by the operator or other designated person. a. normal service – monthly b. heavy service – weekly to monthly c. severe service – daily or weekly d. special or infrequent service as authorized by a qualified person – before and after each occurrence, with records of the operation. 2. Periodic Inspection– visual inspections by an appointed person making records of apparent external conditions to provide the basis for continuing evaluation. a. normal service – equipment in place – yearly (definition: service, normal – service that involves operating at less than 85 percent of rated load except for isolated instances.) b. heavy service – as in normal service, unless external conditions indicate that disassembly should be done to permit detailed inspection – yearly (definition: service, heavy service that involves operating 85 percent to 100 percent of rated as a regular specified procedure.) c. severe service – as in heavy service, except that the detailed inspection may show the need for use of nondestructive type of testing – quarterly (definition: service, severe – heavy service coupled with abnormal operating conditions.)

Lubrication of sheave bearings; Continuous operation: lubricate bushings every 8 hours and roller bearings every 24 hours. Intermittent operation: lubricate bushings and bearing every 14 days.

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Please e-mail any comments, questions, or specific topics you would like to see addressed in this column to dave@islandcerts.org and we will certainly attempt to accommodate your requests.

Dave Barnhouse resides in Tamuning and has been involved with operations, maintenance, operator training, and/or inspections, of cranes since 1969. He is a Certified Environmental Trainer, CHST, NCCCO and CIC certified crane operator, NCCCO Lift Director, NCCCO Level II Rigger, Crane Institute of America practical examiner for all types of mobile crane operators, riggers, signal persons, and the only OSHA accredited crane inspector on Guam.

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Morrico Equipment Announces Employee Stock Ownership Plan Morrico Equipment LLC announced that its company has become employee owned. The announcement was made last night during a special employee meeting at the Hilton Guam Resort and Spa. The conversion to an employee-owned company, also called Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), became effective March 31, 2018. As the company fast approaches 30 years in business on Guam, Morrico’s owners have been exploring how the company can expand its business and be able to better reward its employees, many of whom have worked at the company for more than 10 years. “We took a step back and looked at where we are as a company and how we wanted our company to evolve in the next ten years,” said Allan Morrison, President. “We were able to grow this company on Guam with the help of our hardworking and dedicated employees. The future of this company needed to include ways that would plant even deeper roots while serving the needs of our employee base.” They agreed that by giving the employees ownership of the company, they could help the legacy of the company live on for decades to come.

“We are proud of how Morrico has served the Guam community and our loyal customers on Guam, the CNMI and the Micronesia region for nearly 30 years,” said Ross Morrison, Director. “As we look toward the future of Morrico Equipment, we believe that we need to retain and further engage our dedicated team, who has become part of our family. We want our employees to know how much we appreciate their loyalty and commitment throughout the years by providing ways for them to grow into leadership roles and gain financially to take care of their families well after retirement.” Frieda Satoe Takaki, President and CEO of CHART Rehabilitation of Hawaii, Inc., a 100% S Corp ESOP and has served on the National ESOP Association’s Board of Directors, joined the event to help explain to employees what it means for Morrico to become an ESOP company and the long-term benefits that the new employee owners will realize in the future. “Companies elect to become ESOP companies to reward employees with the opportunity to share in future growth and value of the company. Employee owners benefit through job security, long-term financial stability by earning equity and through retirement

benefits. Customers also benefit from the continuous improvement of the business and employees’ commitment to the company’s success,” said Ms. Takaki, who is helping to guide Morrico through the transition. Morrico will work with an independent ESOP trustee to carry out the ESOP process. The trustee will look after the employees’ interests and help establish competitive stock pricing. Morrico’s Executive Vice President, CPA Torgun Smith, who has been with Morrico since 2000, expressed his excitement for the program.“This is a huge step as we approach our fourth decade in business on Guam and I applaud everyone involved for taking this innovative step. Becoming an ESOP company will be a win for everyone. It will create an ownership culture here at Morrico, and we will be able to attract, retain and reward good people.” Smith added that the way the company does business will not change including current leadership and management structure. “Traditionally, ESOP companies perform better than non-ESOP companies. The only change is that employees can begin to see their stake in the company grow.”

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While it speaks well of Vikraman and his TTGI crew, the global accolades give rise to other underpinnings which may not directly factor into the outcomes of a global award, it does ground the business and its staff in as noble a goal—effective community involvement and charities.

TriStar Terminals Guam, Inc. (TTGI) received Outstanding Achievement Award, late March of this year, which was presented to KK Vikraman-General Manager for TTGI, in Rotterdam, Netherlands. This distinction was awarded by Tank Storage Magazine, a leading industry sector trade publication. Their selection panels are comprised of some of the sector’s leading luminaries from other sector-related enterprises; and, presents these annual awards at a gala award ceremony. Earlier in the year, TTGI was notified of their being shortlisted for two categories: . Most Efficient Storage Terminal Award . Outstanding Achievement Award Here’s a general overview and glimpse of the Guam operation. TTGI owns and operates one of the largest fuel storage facilities in the Pacific, Tristar Terminals Guam Inc, which is spread over 237 acres with 4 million bbl storage capacity. The facility has 26 tanks interconnected to Port Authority of Guam's oil berths, other major customers and storage terminals by means of a 8 kilometer long three underground pipelines. As Vikraman puts it, attempting to give clarity to the uninitiated (like moi), he states, “We’re like a realtor. We lease fuel storage to those operations that need it.” Voila! He continues, “We don’t actually own the fuel. We merely store it.” While that brings some illustrative simplicity to their operation; he sketches, literally, some of the innovation which is part and parcel of some of the initiatives he’s undertaken to the modernize and upgrade the overall facility and operation of TTGI. So, he parlays some of his mechanical engineering background in that explanation, and reveals his penchant for quality control—something which has surfaced as the bedrock for TTGI’s exemplary recognition.

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As he lists TTGI’s participations and contributions to a host of local civic and charitable organizations, he takes on a tone of engagement and personal concern. “We do want to give back to our community, and we encourage our staff’s personal involvement in these events and activities that demonstrate it,” says Vikraman. He walks over to the office bulletin board, where many photos and certificates that spell out the company’s plain neighborhood participation—the “goods”. There’s the bulletin board header heralding Our ways of giving back to our community, news article of the Annual United Airlines Plane Pull, photo of TTGI Beach Party, pictures of the bowling teams for TTGI, photos of the TTGI crew collecting trash in their Adopt-A-Road Beautification Program, photo of their donation to Senior Citizens Month, certificates from the American Cancer Society and International Coastal Cleanup, and on. The point is that TTGI literally takes action on their Giving Back ethic. As a saying, posted on their company bulletin board espouses: Be the change you want to see in the world, Mahatma Gandi. Surely, we are happy TTGI, Vikraman, and his Guam team, garnered world recognition for its Outstanding Achievement among and by Terminal Storage Professionals. Yet, we see and applaud, their Outstanding Community work on Guam, which they’ve built upon since their establishing operations in Sumay in 2009. TriStar Corporate Communications News Release: Tristar Terminals Guam, Inc. Earns Outstanding Achievement Award Mr. KK Vikraman (or Vikraman) has been the driving force for the success of Tristar Terminals Guam Inc. (TTGI) since the time it was acquired from Shell Guam Inc in November 2009. TTGI has grown tremendously to be a major and preferred fuel storage and terminalling partner for various commercial, defense and government agencies in the Island of Guam. Vikraman, a mechanical engineer by qualification, brings a rich experience of 33+ years in various facets in Tank Terminal Management and has worked in different geographical zones ranging from South Asia to Middle East to Central America for large multinational state and privately owned oil and gas enterprises. Vikraman's leadership, problem solving skills and guidance also has hugely contributed to the outstanding reputation for partnering with customers in all fields to provide quality services, responsiveness of service teams, and a willingness to always put customer missions first.

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When Vikraman assumed the position of the General Manager of TTGI in 2010, the facility was in an unkempt and unsystematic state and the Tank capacity utilization was below 25%. The terminal was not being utilized to its optimum commercial offering of 4 million US barrels. Vikraman undertook the task to overhaul the facility and strategically align it for future business opportunities and maximizing the storage utility. He developed a 5 year facility plan to increase storage utilization by initiating tank refurbishment, pipe line repairs and upgrading facility structure. The first task Vikraman undertook was the commissioning the refurbishment of 3 tanks with a combined capacity of 1.2 million barrels in preparation of a long-term storage contract with one of TTGI's most important client, Defense Logistics Agency(DLA). The fuel stored by DLA was of strategic national importance to the US Government and Vikraman was given a target to complete the refurbishment within six months. Vikraman developed a detailed project plan by identifying the works to be conducted on the tank which included replacing the tank bottom with double bottom plates, conversion of the tank roof from floating roof to fixed and also identifying a qualified contractor to complete the project as per design. Though the project was faced with multiple challenges ranging from lack of resources on Guam to logistical issues arising from Guam's remote location in the Pacific Ocean, Vikraman was able to uphold and achieve his target by completing the refurbishment within five months and handing over the Tanks to DLA within the committed timeline. Of the many accomplishments Vikraman has done for TTGI, the few projects that stand out are, the commissioning and completion of 13 major tank refurbishment projects, commissioning and completing the pigging and subsequent refurbishment of four, 6 mile long pipelines, refurbishment of LPG and gantry facility and installation of new truck loading gantry facility. The combined value of all projects completed under Vikraman's leadership is approximately $35 million. Simultaneously to the refurbishment projects, Vikraman spearheaded in the development of a Contract Commissioning Plan, Contract Compliance Plan, Quality Control Plan, Additive Injection Plan and various terminal operations procedures specific to

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the contract requirements in place by TTGI's customers. The development of these otherwise non-existent documents made the operation of the facility more efficient for both Tristar and its customers. For example, where the previous facility owner Shell Guam, Inc. conducted operations with an excess of 40 employees, Vikraman led a small group of 30 employees to provide professional services Tristar is best known for throughout the globe. Vikraman has implemented a personnel rotation and cross training program for all field staff. TTGI has competent personnel from all departments capable of conducting tasks which is normally only handle by seasoned Operators. Also implemented is a refresher training program for operations personnel. Operators routinely cycle between operating locations to refresh their knowledge. Staying with Tristar Group's mission to be a responsible business, Vikraman has led and initiated the company to partner with government and non-profit agencies on Guam to promote and support various social welfare and environment programs like adopt a school, road adoption, Bus Shelter adoption, feeding the homeless, protection of wildlife, cancer awareness drives etc. TTGI is today renowned and recognized as socially responsible business in Guam. In 2017, Vikraman diversified and expanded the company's operations by entering into the commercial fuel supply business in Guam. After thorough and successful negotiations, Vikraman was able to secure a deal to supply around 50,000 barrels of Diesel to the local power agency for a sale value exceeding $3million. Apart from driving success for TTGI, he has also introduced and suggested innovative fuel blending methods to the local power agency, thereby bringing down their fuel costs and benefitting the utility consumers and payers. In conclusion, Vikraman is well-deserving for this award. TTGI's capacity utilization rate today is in excess of 80%. Vikraman has made a tremendous difference in the functioning of TTGI and gone above and beyond to uphold the core vision and mission of the company and has time and again delivered growth and value to all stakeholders.

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Re-defining ‘Excellence’ By: R.D. Gibson By: R.D. Gibson


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In the past, it has always been easy to write about ‘excellence’. Put some kind of spin on it, try to package it up ever-so beautifully, and ship it off to the printers. However, every time the awards roll around – at seemingly arbitrary times albeit – it has managed to get a little bit more difficult to compose a lavish ode befitting the winner. The concept of the Excellence in Construction Awards has always been about recognizing industry frontrunners; the companies that set the example, you might say, with safety and training always at the very heart of the awards. Going through the archives, we have names ever so familiar in the community. The award itself managed to set contractors apart from each other, creating competition. It has almost always been about who did what and how well they did it. However, now, there seems to be a shift. An interesting shift that unites instead of divides. The award seems to be bringing companies together to share in the concept of excellence. What once was a singular feat, somehow has become an opportunity for the industry to share in the diversity of excellence. Excellence spans various facets of the industry; contracts, safety, and other notoriety-type of stuff. However, the word itself inspires some subjective connotations. Whichever way you define it, four of Guam’s contractors have their names in the spotlight for their excellent work in the construction industry. This year, we congratulate the Black Construction Corporation, Ian Construction, LMS Guam Landscaping, and Fargo Pacific for the awards they snagged at the Associated Builders and Contractor’s Excellence in Construction awards ceremony held in Long Beach, California. Fargo Pacific won the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. 2017 National Safety Excellence Award, more specifically under the NAICS 236 General Contractor Merit Winners. This is partially for their ‘exceptional safety records to rigorous training and education programs.’ More often than not, safety is at the center of awards like this and highlight a company’s commitment to and growth of safety programs in the industry. A couple companies from Guam were also recipients of the 2017 STEP Diamond Award. Hawiian Rock Products and Infratech International LLC both achived the highest level of the STEP program.

IAN Corporation IAN Corporation was selected for a “Specialty Contractor” category for the National Safety in Excellence Award. It required a thorough and stricter review of safety mission and trainings that IAN created and uses for all of their projects, according to Jihyung Chong of Ian Corporation. Chong credits the quality of IAN’s end-product, completing their project within the schedule, and the costs they saved the government, for setting them apart from other participants. On top of that, their 100-percent safety helped them snag the award, as well. In addition to the award itself, the notoriety that comes with it also puts the island in a unique position to strut our stuff. “It puts Guam in the limelight especially with all the issues surrounding the military buildup and H2B applications,” she adds. “But notably sets the ballgame high in the construction industry against our US counterparts even with limited resources.” She Like Us On Facebook

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continues by saying that their work does not just impact the construction industry, but the economy and community as a whole, citing their commitment to hire locally and training them to master skillsets needed here at home. Further, Chong states that the award gives them recognition throughout the globe and allows for them to expand their clientele rolodex. “Most of our clients have found us through award recognition,” discloses Chong. When it comes to the concept of awards, the accolades help instill a little more trust from a client unfamiliar with the contractor’s work. “Nothing is more important than having a happy and satisfied client but what is more exciting is knowing that our employees are all involved in making this happen,” Chong adds. Chong shares the award with the employees of IAN Corporation whose mission is “to make Guam a better place to live and work.” Additionally, Chong states, “This award means that there are people out there who notice local contractors in the small business community and that our success is because of the people out there who entrust us to complete their project.” In the same vein as their employees, Chong points to mentorship: a key to “inspire by sharing experiences with other local contractors.” But, also an important part about being in the contractors community in Guam is giving back to the community as a whole. “It’s important to…get involved in the community and donate time and equipment into programs that benefit our community.” Chong indicates IAN Corporations contributions toward fixing up local sports fields for youth sports activities.

LMS LMS Guam Landscaping Services actually walked away with two awards – the Associated Builders and Contractor’s 2017 National Safety Merit Award and the Associated Builders and Contractor’s 2017 Step Diamond Award. According to Rob Salas of LMS, “only companies that have received STEP Diamond, Platinum, or Gold awards are eligible to submit a project for the ABC National Safety Excellence Award.” Salas added that the Merit Award goes to companies that maintain their commitment to safety on the jobsite and have ‘exemplary’ safety performance and programs. The last time LMS was in the CNB, they received the National Safety Excellence Award, and the cornerstone of their company has been – and probably always will be – safety. “Our corporate culture centered around safety distinguishes us from other entries,” says Salas. “We strive to create a culture where each member prioritizes safety…as a part of this safety culture, we emphasize the training and growth of the employee,” he continues. Salas highlights the diverse projects that LMS takes on, and that even with the different projects they have, the company still holds true to safety management. They have several safety programs including their Stop Work and CARE programs. These programs strike at the very core of their business – the employees of the LMS Family by having them take ownership of the safety in all of their projects. “Safety benefits everyone…extends beyond the employee and ultimately affects the customers and the local community as a whole,” Salas emphasizes. This extends to their subcontractors, as well. “For us, safety is not a goal, but a culture, and it’s extremely

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rewarding to be recognized for the efforts of our diligent employees,” Salas stresses. “[This award is] a confirmation that our stringent processes and training are worth the time and effort.” Out of nearly 1,200 invitees, LMS was handpicked for the EIC award. LMS echoes the sentiments of fellow EIC awardee IAN Corporation “that despite the small size of our island home, our local contractors are still able to be recognized on a national scale,” says Salas. Recognition is fueled by commitment. It is hard work and effort. He states, “As your work increases in quality, it will simply be a matter of time before your efforts are recognized.”

Black Construction Company No stranger to the realm of Excellence in Construction awards is Black Construction Company. BCC submitted their Chuuk International Airport Runway Rehabilitation Project for consideration. The work began in January 2016 and ended in October 2017 – ahead of time! On the capital of Chuuk State in the Federated States of Micronesia, Weno, the project took flight at a $32.6 million price tag funded by the United States Federal Aviation Administration according to Leonard K. Kaae of Black Construction Company. 10-percent of the funding was provided by the local government. A lot of coordination and heavy lifting went into this project – literally. According to Kaae, the project faced many logistical and natural obstacles. The island’s remote location, with limited local resources required much of the equipment be shipped on two barge voyages. Then, without the cranes at the Chuuk Port required Black to transport their own crane over to the island. Additionally, BCC even shipped nearly 40,000 metric tons of aggregate from the Philippines for the FAA specifications. That took three voyages. But, even in the face of adversity, BCC prevailed, in more ways than one. Besides obviously completing the project, significant relationships with the Chuuk government and businesses were formed. Among other things, they leased property for storage, barracks, office space, and whatnot. But, they also hired local workers and purchased as many of their supplies and food from local vendors. It was a rather big investment into Chuuk State. Many know Chuuk as a tropical destination for diving World War II shipwrecks in Chuuk Lagoon. It only makes sense that rehabilitating the runway would have major economic benefits for the FSM State. Remarkably, they also finished the project without disrupting any air traffic. “Chuuk’s tourism industry is now receiving guests from other points in Asia, Europe and Australia, leading to the expansion of air carriers to those areas, who feel confident landing at this facility,” says Kaae. Like mentioned before, BCC is no stranger to the EIC award. However, this project highlights their strengthened commitment to the region. “Black Construction prides itself as being one of the finest outfits in the Pacific,” states Kaae. Yet, they are always look at ways to up the ante, and the recognition does just that for them. “Such recognition is an aid to Black Construction in expanding our services throughout the region and giving all customers the confidence that they will be achieving the highest possible quality for whatever project in which they are investing.”

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Kaae states, “There are no short cuts to proper planning and execution.” She adds “Careful planning, leading to performing a task right, the first time, is usually a recipe for success and profit.” BCC should know. They have been in this position numerous times in the past. However, what makes a project ‘excellent’? It always comes down to that question.

What Makes A Project ‘Excellent’? For LMS Guam Landscaping Services: “An excellent project requires a commitment to a plan to achieve a clearly outlined goal. In order to achieve the goal, the project requires a knowledgeable team that is dedicated to achieving its goal. Management must provide the proper resources and equipment to position the team to accomplish its goal. In the end, we want all of our employees to go home to their families, healthy with no injuries.” For IAN Corporation:       “An excellent project involves having a complete understanding of the requirements from project timelines and schedules to cost controls and estimating as well as manpower and equipment resources. IAN conducts weekly briefings with core employees involved in the project and has a complete project cycle involving individuals from Safety, Quality Control, Accounting, Engineering and Project management. These individuals all have a part in the project and our (sic) involved 100% into every aspect of their responsibility which makes for on time completion and budgeting and an excellent evaluation from our clients.” For Black Construction Company:  Black Construction’s experience and continued effort in strategic planning and extensive support from the Guam headquarters is one of the keys to success for the Chuuk Runway Project.  Black emphasizes the teamwork concept of making sure that all employees understand the project goals and strategy, and build on their own effort, skill and initiative to achieve high quality work.  Pride in the inclusion of every individual’s effort at an excellent work product and maintaining a high level of safety pay great dividends upon completion. 

For some, maybe excellence means devoting your talents to sharing best practices. For others, maybe it requires contractors to develop a succinct and strong concept that all stakeholders can support. Possibly ‘excellence’ means figuring out how to be the best version of yourself and hoping people recognize you for it. It seems that every winner has their own definition of ‘excellence’, AND THAT IS PERFECTLY FINE. Maybe we don’t need to define it after all.

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LED Retrofit Kits LED lighting is not new, but the decision to upgrade an existing facility to LED can be expensive. But, like most things in life, you have more than one option 1) Live with my existing light fixtures or 2) Spend a lot of money and replace them with LED. One alternative to completely replacing older f luorescent fixtures is to retrofit them instead. Several lighting manufacturers, such as Lithonia, have retrofit kits designed to cleanly install into existing fixtures. These retrofit kits are designed to install cleanly and quickly and provide an upgrade to both the appearance of your light fixtures as well as the fixtures performance. There are several benefits to this approach. 1. Time savings. Lithonia retrofit kits are designed to install in just a few minutes. Saving a lot of time over the process of removing the old fixture and installing the new. Kits come with quick connect/disconnect mechanical and 30 | APRIL2018

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Lighting retrofits can be done for recessed lighting, downlights, surface fixtures, exterior fixtures, and parking lot fixtures. Most commercial, industrial, and government buildings can benefit from this approach of converting to LED lighting. One more way to operate more efficiently and save your company or agency money.

3. Energy Savings. LED fixtures typically provide 40% to 70% savings in energy over existing fluorescent fixtures. 4. Environmentally friendly. In addition to saving energy, retrofitting existing fixtures reduces material disposal because the existing fixture housing is used. 5. Reduced Cost. In addition to the money saved in reduced installation cost and energy usage, retrofits kits compared to new fixtures can be 20 – 50% less. www.guamcontractors.org

Dave Hicks is a projects manager at America’s Best ElectricMart, Inc., a Guam based electrical and utility material distributor. If you have questions or comments regarding the topic presented, or would like any additional information he can be reached at dave@abemart.com. Suggestions for future topics are also welcomed.

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HOW IS POWDER COATING DIFFERENT FROM

CONVENTIONAL LIQUID PAINTING? By: William C. Harris

Owner, Pacific Powder Coating

Powder coating Powder(PC) coating is not(PC) a “new” is not a “new” liquid paints. liquidCharacteristics paints. Characteristics of PC thatof PC that FlexibilityFlexibility – PC can–withstand PC can withstand bending bending technology, technology, having been having around been around make it a make superior it a alternative superior alternative to wet spray to wet without spray cracking without cracking or f laking.  or Published f laking.  Published 40+ years. 40+ PCyears. is usedPC extensively is used extensively paint include: paint include: f lexibilityf lexibility test resultstest demonstrate results demonstrate during manufacturing during manufacturing by the process by the process between 100-800% between 100-800% elongations elongations before before of electrostatically of electrostatically applying dry applying dry CorrosionCorrosion Resistance Resistance – Proper – Proper failing. failing. powder/paint powder/paint onto the item ontoto thebeitem painted.  to be painted.  pretreatment pretreatment and PC finish and PC selection finish selection The electrostatic The electrostatic process ensures processcomplete ensures complete results in results corrosion in corrosion resistanceresistance which whichColor, Textures Color, Textures & Special&Coatings Special Coatings coverage,coverage, even on complex even on shapes, complexbyshapes, by can far surpass can fartraditional surpass traditional spray paint.  spray paint.  PC’s are available PC’s are available in 1000’s in of 1000’s standard of standard producingproducing highly charged highlypositive charged(+) positive (+)PublishedPublished decorativedecorative PC test results PC test show results colors, show gloss colors, levels gloss andlevels textures, and including textures, including powder particles powder which particles seek which and attach seek and attach salt spraysalt testsspray of 1,000 tests hours of 1,000 andhours longer and longer a variety of a variety clear, metallic, of clear, hammer metallic, hammer to the negative to the (-) negative grounded (-) grounded part or item part or item without failure. withoutFunctional failure. Functional coatings coatingstone, wrinkle, tone, fluorescent, wrinkle, fluorescent, vein/antique, vein/antique, being coated. beingKind coated. of like Kind a “magnetic of like a “magnetic are even more are even corrosion more corrosion resistant. resistant.  A Anon-skid, non-skid, etc. We can etc.match We can RAL match color RAL color paint” with paint” the +with powder the +looking powderfor looking a forproperly a prepared properly prepared and PC’ed and item PC’ed should item should standardsstandards and, uponand, request, uponcustom request, custom – ground –(the ground part),(the seeking part),and seeking coating and coating achieve 5-20 achieve years5-20 of excellent years of excellent corrosioncorrosion powders can powders be ordered can betoordered match to most match most within voids within andvoids spaces and that spaces a “wet” thatpaint a “wet”resistance paint resistance between re-coatings between re-coatings on Guamon Guam any sample anyyou sample bringyou in. bring in. cannot getcannot to. get to. 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F. for20 approx. minutes.  20 minutes.  At these At these Dry FilmDry Thickness Film Thickness – PC(s) are – PC(s) 4 to 200 are 4 to microbial 200 microbial growth (bacteria, growth (bacteria, virus, etc.)virus, etc.) temperatures temperatures the powder themelts powder andmelts flowsand times flows thicker timesthan thicker mostthan liquid most spray liquid spray and fungal and growth fungal(mold, growth mildew, (mold,etc.). mildew, etc.). onto the surface onto thecreating surface acreating thick uniform a thick uniform paint(s).  PC(s) paint(s).  are PC(s) applied areinapplied thicknesses in thicknesses film. Thefilm. part’sThe A and part’s B for A and the powder B for the powder of 2 to 6 mils of 2 for to 6decorative mils for decorative finishes, 6finishes, to Anti-graffiti 6 to Anti-graffiti paints which paints resist which resist to properly to cross-link properly cross-link and cure and is a cure is a 10 mils for 10functional mils for functional finishes, and finishes, 30 toand 30 permanent to permanent marking and marking staining anddue staining due function of function time (part of time A) and (part temperature A) and temperature 200 mils for 200thermoplastic mils for thermoplastic powders. powders. to their resistance to their resistance to the solvents to theand solvents and (part B).  (part AfterB). baking/curing,   After baking/curing, once once chemicalschemicals used to remove used tothe remove markings. the markings. cooled, the cooled, items the are items immediately are immediately ready ready HardnessHardness – PC(s) are – PC(s) physically are physically harder harder for service. for service. than wet than paint,wet meaning paint, meaning significantly significantly ElectroStatic ElectroStatic Dissipative Dissipative powder/paint powder/paint greater scratch greaterand scratch chip and resistance. chip resistance. used for sensitive used for electronic sensitive electronic equipment equipment PC’ed items PC’ed are items now highly are now resistant highly to resistant to housings,housings, etc. whereetc. static where discharge static discharge may may impact, moisture, impact, moisture, chemicals,chemicals, ultravioletultraviolet AdhesionAdhesion – Due to the – Due heating to theand heating and occur. occur. light and light otherand extreme otherweather extreme weather melting inmelting place, PC in place, adheres PCtoadheres the to the conditions.  conditions.  This reduces Thischipping, reduces chipping, substrate substrate better than better spray than paint.  spray The paint.  The What canWhat be powder can becoated? powder coated? abrasion, abrasion, corrosion,corrosion, fading and fading otherand otherexcellent excellent Items generally are: 1) Conductive are: 1) Conductive and and adhesion adhesion contributes contributes to chip and to chipItems and generally wear issues wear compared issues compared to conventional to conventional 2) Can withstand 2) Can withstand 360-400 360-400 degrees F.degrees F. corrosioncorrosion resistance.   resistance.   32 | APRIL2018

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Metals include Metalssteel, include caststeel, iron,cast brass, iron, brass,• Architectural • Architectural components components includingincludingPacific Powder Coating (PPC) is a Guam-based, HUBZone small business aluminum, aluminum, galvanized galvanized steel, etc. steel, PC’ed etc. PC’ed aluminumaluminum extrusionsextrusions used on windows, used on windows, servicing Guam, CNMI and Micronesia. items could items include: could include: door frames, doorstorefronts frames, storefronts and shelters. and shelters. PPC offers powder coating, abrasive blasting, • High corrosion • High corrosion and/or maintenance and/or maintenance • Highway• Highway and building and projects buildingon projects light on light traditional “wet” painting services for items on industrial items on industrial equipment equipment and and poles, stadium poles,seating, stadiumguard seating, rails, guard postsrails, and posts Governmental Agencies, Military, Hotels, machinery machinery includingincluding guards, railings, guards, railings, and fencing. and fencing. Home Owners and others that shields, platforms, shields, platforms, f loor grating, f looretc. grating, etc. • Marine •equipment Marine equipment includingincluding engine and engineContractors, and • Truck, auto, • Truck, boatauto, and boat trailer and parts trailer parts outdrive housings, outdrive housings, railings, etc. railings, etc. require specialized metal finishing services and long term corrosion protection. includingincluding bumpers,bumpers, running boards, running boards, • Sporting• Sporting equipment equipment includingincluding bicycles, bicycles, rims, railings, rims, hitches, railings,racks hitches, andracks and exercise equipment, exercise equipment, golf carts,golf etc.carts, etc. toolboxes.toolboxes. • Patio and • Patio officeand furniture, office furniture, file and file and PPC is set up for small, medium and large • Staircase • Staircase and walkway and walkway railings, gates railings, gates computercomputer cabinets, cabinets, racks, shelving racks, and shelvingprojects. and We are able to powder coat most objects from very small to fairly large in 1 of and fencing. and fencing. fixtures. fixtures. our 3 ovens, the largest being our 16’ L x 8’H • Anti-microbial • Anti-microbial powders are powders often are often • Thermoplastic • Thermoplastic coatings: coatings: these coatings these coatings used in hospitals, used in hospitals, health care health and care and can be applied can bemuch applied thicker much(30 thicker – (30 – x 9’W industrial oven (about the size of a food processing food processing facilities, facilities, gyms andgyms and200 mils),200 remain mils),f lexible remainand f lexible can be and can1-car be garage). Please explore our website at www.powdercoatingguam.com for an overview locker rooms, lockerand rooms, on playground and on playground repaired in-situ repaired byin-situ re-heating by re-heating the part the part of our facility and the services we provide. structures, structures, fitness equipment, fitness equipment, storage storage to the cure to temperature. the cure temperature. containers/tanks, containers/tanks, ice-making ice-making equipment, equipment, restroom restroom accessories, accessories, HVAC and HVAC air handling and air handling equipment, equipment, ducts, vents, ducts, airvents, registers, air registers, etc. etc.

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Guam Contractors' Assn. Monthly Construction News Bulletin is Guam's official construction news publication.

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