11 Feb 2010

Repairs for American Samoa ferry will take a few more weeks

12:01 pm on 11 February 2010

The MYD Samoa shipyard in American Samoa now says repairs to the inter island vessel, MV Sili, should be completed within six to eight weeks.

But it says this depends on whether the U.S. Coast Guard identifies additional work is needed.

The territory's House Transportation Committee has heard testimony from the Government, MYD Samoa and the Coast Guard on the status of the MV Sili repairs which were stopped a month ago with the company alleging nonpayment of invoices.

The MYD Samoa's senior official, Bob Wiehe, told the Committee that repair work resumed late last week and they now expect the work to take up to eight weeks to finish.

Meanwhile the Governor's chief legal counsel, Tasi Tuiteleleapaga, told the committee the government has now paid a total of 425 thousand US dollars while the initial contract was for just over half that amount.