Cabras Marine Corporation (CMC) and Saipan Marine Corporation (SMC) started in 1970 by Donald I. Marshall. The company started with three old Navy tug boats with its core business being docking and undocking vessels and piloting services at Apra Harbor, Guam. Mr. Marshall envisioned opportunity on Guam.
Expansion to Seabridge, Inc. (SBI) in 1983 to provide tug and barge services in support of the transshipment business between Guam and the CNMI. SBI used two tugs (M/T HURRICANE & M/T STING RAY) and two barges (S-2006 & S-2011) to perform this service.
Seabridge expanded further to support the garment manufacturing industry in the CNMI.
Started Saipan Crewboats, Inc. (SCI) to support the Maritime Prepositioning force in the Marianas. SCI would perform ferry services to support passenger and cargo movements between the ships at anchorage and shore. Four crewboats were acquired and a direct relationship with the U.S. Navy was established.
CMC was awarded a Time Charter Contract to provide 2 tractor tugs in support of the United States Navy Port Operations at Naval Base Guam (NBG).
SBI introduced the M/V Super Shuttle to enhance its transshipment capabilities between Guam and the CNMI. M/V Super Shuttle replaced the tug and barge services which improved transit times between the islands. The vessel was fast, first, and reliable.
To support the opening of Subic Drydock Corporation (SDC), CMC acquired AFDM-5, an 18,000 ton lift capacity drydock, to support organic assets in Philippines.
Opened SDC as a CMC Owned Entity in Subic Bay, Philippines. The opportunity to provide ship repair services for U.S. Navy vessels arose in the region.
Due to the demise of the CNMI Garment Manufacturing Industry, SBI modified its operational activity to support the declining freight volumes in order to sustain business activity.
SMC started fueling services for Maritime Prepositioning ships in Saipan. SMC acquired F/B Taclobo to support offshore fueling services in Saipan.
Started Oil Spill and Response Company (OSROCO) in support of OPA 90 mandates requiring tanker vessels to have a local OSRO available in the event of a hazardous spill.
Due to a major decline in freight volumes, SBI retired the M/V Super Shuttle service and returned to tug & barge services for the CNMI.
Opened PACDIM to support Organic Assets as well as provide a home base for CMC.
CMC awarded sole source contract in 2013 to operate and maintain former Guam SRF. This begun CMC's presence in commercial Ship Repair and Industrial Services on Guam. Facility was renamed to PACDIM SRF.
CMC performed ship repair services on all U.S. Military assets visiting Guam totaling 10 MTAs and 14 VRs from 2013 – 2017.
After expiration of sole source contract a new ship repair contract was issued and 3 IDIQ holders were selected to perform ship repair services.
CMC and SMC acquired two sister harbor tractor tugs M/T AGILITY and M/T MATUA. These two new assets joined the fleet as part of CMC's continued commitment to serve the islands and Pacific region. Both tugs were built in 2006 with gross tonnage of 291 tons and are 86.2 feet long with a breadth of 32.2 feet and depth of 14.4 feet. They both have a bollard pull of 50 tons and max speed of 12 knots.
CMC acquired two sister harbor tractor tugs M/T HURAO and M/T ENDURANCE. The acquisition of these two new assets was made to assist with the arising Military presence in the Pacific region. M/T ENDURANCE was built in 2002 and her sister M/T HURAO was built shortly after in 2003. Both tugs have a gross tonnage of 292 tons, are 89.2 feet long with a breadth of 31.2 feet and depth of 15.4 feet. They both have a bollard pull of 54 tons and max speed of 13 knots.
SBI expanded its ocean-going tug capabilities after acquiring M/T ENDEAVOR, which has tandem tow capabilities at a max bollard pull of 54 tons. SBI also expanded its cargo charter capabilities after taking on the responsibility to bare boat charter M/V MARIANA throughout the inner islands and acquiring M/V TRITON. Both vessels are off-shore supply vessels capable of loading containers, break-bulk cargo and ro-ro cargo.
Through MARAD's Small Shipyard Grant Program, CMC was awarded a total of $1 million for the acquisition of a brand-new Link-Belt 175-ton All Terrain Crane. In addition to improving efficiency, the acquisition of this 175-ton crane will contribute to CMC’s capability to improve ship repair operations effectively on Guam.