1 Nov 2011

Two American Samoan suspended for overloading vessel

1:59 pm on 1 November 2011

The US Coast Guard has suspended for three months the licenses of two American Samoa captains for carrying too many passengers.

The pair were on the overloaded MV Sili when it arrived on the main island of Tutuila from the Manu'a island group last month.

The ferry is owned by the American Samoa government.

The Coast Guard supervisor Lieutenant Steven Caskey says following an investigation, the Coast Guard cited the two captains with four counts of misconduct, and the pair entered into a settlement.

Under the deal, the captains understand the complaint against them, and are willing to settle the matter outright with a suspension of their licenses for three months.