27 May 2011

American Samoa's supply-starved Manu'as to get relief

1:47 pm on 27 May 2011

American Samoa's supply-starved Manu'a islands are to get relief after a month without transport from the territory's main island, Tutuila.

The government vessel MV Sili's undergone an engine overhaul but this morning passed a second U.S. Coastguard inspection and is set to leave for Manu'a tonight.

While the boat's been out of action the Manu'as have run out of fuel and some food items and a high school's had to borrow diesel from a power plant to keep the school bus running.

The director of port administration, Matagi McMoore, says the plan is to run a couple of trips to Manu'a before taking the boat in for another week in order to overhaul the other engine.

"The body of the boat has been repaired by MYD, that's all resolved. Now the two engines, the repair, the overhaul will be done in a couple of weeks and we should be good."

Matagi McMoore says he apologises to the people of Manu'a but the MV Sili's an old boat and was due for an engine overhaul.