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3PEAT!!!

The RMI Ports Authority has done it again! For the third straight year, the RMIPA has achieved a “no findings” audit report from Deloitte & Touche.

“This did not happen by pure luck or chance,” said RMIPA Director Jack Chong-Gum. “It happened because of the professionalism, honesty, and perseverance of all the people that are involved in the management and operation of the RMIPA, from the Board of Directors all the way to the line maintenance staff.” A special kudos to the RMIPA Finance Team!

Director Chong-Gum went on to say, “This is truly an amazing and unprecedented feat for the RMIPA as a public agency of the RMI Government, considering that it has directly managed on its own more than $70 million of U.S. Federal grant funds since 2006. And not a single penny went missing!”

Like any other public agency or state-owned enterprise, the RMIPA is required to be audited each year by external auditors to ensure that its financial records and how it spends public and federal funds are in compliance with the stringent requirements of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and OMB Circular A-133. The unqualified audit report that the RMIPA received for fiscal year 2014 simply means that auditors have determined that each of the financial records provided by the RMIPA is free of any misrepresentations and in accordance with the standards stated above.

More information on the RMIPA’s audits can be obtained by contacting the RMIPA or visiting the RMI Auditor General’s website at www.rmiaog.com.

Old Tower Building to be Demolished

Old AFIS

The old airport tower and administration building at AKIA

Decommissioned more than 5 years ago, the old airport tower building will soon meet its fate. Preparations are currently underway to demolish the building, which is currently situated near the apron area at Amata Kabua International Airport. “RMIPA has tendered this work to Pacific International Inc. as a change order to their existing contract for the AKIA Perimeter Security Fence contract,” said RMIPA Director Jack Chong-Gum.

Chong-Gum added, “I am somewhat sad to see a piece of the airport’s history be permanently removed. However, this work has to be done as the building is an unsightly eyesore to our visitors and a safety hazard to ground personnel.”

Demolition should commence in early April 2015 and is anticipated to be complete by summer.

NDB Tower

The white and orange NDB tower and shelter in the background will also be demolished or removed along with the old tower building.

Airport and Port Condition Monitoring System

The RMI Ports Authority will soon be implementing a state-of-the-art condition monitoring system using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. The condition monitoring system, to be developed by Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (Esri), will standardize the inspection and reporting workflows of the RMIPA at Amata Kabua International Airport and the Port of Majuro, to include the Channel Markers, Delap Dock and Uliga Dock. This new capability will provide RMIPA with enhanced maintenance and inspection efficiencies with regards to daily operations.

“The airport does daily inspections of the runway, apron, lights, fence, etc. and records any deficiency observed in their daily inspection forms,” explained RMIPA Director Jack Chong-Gum. “The problem with the current system is that it is inefficient and a challenge to locate a particular inspection record,” he added. The new condition monitoring system will improve tracking maintenance and repair of airport assets, as well as port assets.  “Accountability of maintenance issues will be significantly better, resulting in a faster response time for the repairing of unserviceable assets such as the runway lights or channel marker lights,” said Chong-Gum.

GIS_Channel Markers

Sample web map of the Calalin Pass at Majuro using GIS technology. This map will be used for the port inspections. The red arrows point to the location of each channel marker at the Calalin Pass.

With this new system, RMIPA airport and port inspectors will be able to:

  • Perform airfield safety inspections
  • Perform daily inspections of the docks and channel markers
  • Monitor and track pavement, dock apron, airport and port naviads, and other assets conditions
  • Record when repairs were done and how long it took to effect repairs since condition was reported
  • Use iPads in the field to record their inspections
  • Maintain an electronic report of all inspections conducted, eliminating use of paper for maintaining such records

“The cost savings that RMIPA will realize by not maintaining hardcopies of its daily inspections will be significant,” said Chong-Gum, who is enthusiastic about the new condition monitoring system.

The RMIPA Airport and Port Condition Monitoring System will be developed based on Esri’s software components: ArcGIS for Desktop, ArcGIS Online for Organizations and the Collector for ArcGIS application.

Update on RMIPA Revetment Project

Local Marshallese contractor, Pacific International Inc., was awarded the contract for the construction of a rock revetment along the northeastern coastline of the lagoon near Amata Kabua International Airport (AKIA). The revetment, which will be approximately 3,000 feet in length, will extend from the existing rock revetment near the airport terminal to the pump station at the airport water reservoirs. When constructed, the revetment will protect the existing shoreline in the area which is currently being eroded. It will also provide protection to airport water reservoirs and the main island/airport road, which gets inundated by seawater during king tide events as shown in the picture below.

King tides at airport reservoirs. Notice the lack of shoreline protection in the area.

King tides at airport reservoirs. Notice the lack of shoreline protection in the area.

Construction of the rock revetment will start as soon as the Notice To Proceed (NTP) is issued to the contractor. “We are working with PII on the required bonds and hopeful that the NTP will be issued by April 2015,” said RMIPA Director Jack Chong-Gum.