20 Jun 2011

American Samoa confirms evidence of tampering found at shipyard

3:10 pm on 20 June 2011

The American Samoa governor, Togiolia Tulafono, says there were attempts to sabotage the Ronald Reagan Marine Railways shipyard, prior to the government taking back control at the end of last month.

Togiola is blaming the former shipyard operator MYD Samoa or others for the attempted sabotage.

The vice chair of the authority running the yard for the government, David Robinson, has confirmed they've found evidence of tampering with equipment that would render it useless for hauling vessels out of the water.

The government reassumed control of the yard after a ruling by a Florida bankruptcy court against MYD Samoa.