World War II Ordnance Removed From Saipan Port

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Construction on pipeline uncovered unexploded ordance

By Frauleine S. Villanueva-Dizon

SAIPAN, CNMI (Saipan Tribune, Feb. 17, 2016) – An all clear was issued for the Port of Saipan after the discovered unexploded ordnance was removed.

The World War II ordnance was removed before noon yesterday, according to the ports office.

Press secretary Ivan Blanco confirmed to Saipan Tribune the removal of the ordnance, adding that it was brought to the Marpi area for detonation.

Blanco said that, according to U.S. Coast Guard, the unexploded ordnance was about 500 lbs.

Last Friday, an area of the port was closed temporarily after the ordnance was found by a contractor, which was digging for the pipeline project for the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.

It initially affected delivery of imports including fuel but it also resolved and the port was back to normal Saturday morning.

After reporting to Sector Guam, a Unified Command was assembled which is

led by CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the U.S. Coast

Guard. The UC coordinated the deployment of a specialized U.S Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment from Guam.

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