28 May 2010

Inter-Samoan talks over Samoa shipyard managemnt

2:10 pm on 28 May 2010

Officials from a American Samoa company, MYD Samoa, which operates the government-owned shipyard at Satala, have been in Samoa this week to look over the country's slipway at Aleipata.

The company was invited by the Samoa Ports Authority as it is looking for an operator for the shipyard.

MYD Samoa, which has filed for bankruptcy protection, is set to lose its contract in American Samoa, with the government resuming control of the shipyard from June the 12th.

MYD Samoa official Ben Solaita says the new slipway doesn't need much to become a viable shipyard.

"There was only a couple things it lacked was the machinery department. But that could be fixed pretty easily. But everything else seemed like it was in place. What they were actually looking at was if we could possibly take interest in running the shipyard which wouldn't be a pretty bad situation there. The shipyard is ready to go and with just a little bit more help there, I mean, it could be a viable shipyard."