21 Jan 2013

Bracing for cyclone, American Samoa closes port

2:49 pm on 21 January 2013

The US Coast Guard has closed the port of Pago Pago in American Samoa as the territory braces for a tropical depression whcih is north of Samoa.

A statement says the depression is expected to be named cyclone Garry and make landfall tomorrow afternoon.

Commercial vessels have been advised that they are prohibited from entering the port of Tutuila without the express permission of the captain of the port.

A safety zone has been established at all coastal inlets.

Pleasure craft are prohibited from operating seaward of the boundary line and are advised to seek safe havens.

Commercial vessels and ocean going barges greater than 200 gross tons that have not received authorisation from the captain of the port to remain in port must depart immediately.

Vessels bound for the port of Pago Pago are advised to seek an alternative destination