13 Feb 2015

More supply delay fears in American Samoa

8:14 am on 13 February 2015

Businesses in American Samoa are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the next container vessel from the United States.

The Cape Avatele in American Samoa.

The Cape Avatele in American Samoa. Photo: Supplied

The territory has been caught by the effects of an industrial dispute on the mainland.

Food supplies were topped up a week ago by the arrival of the Cap Avatele but there are renewed fears of shortages.

The president of Peter Reid Stevedoring, Rodney Reid, says the next vessel due is a Polynesian Line vessel scheduled to dock on February the 22nd.

But Mr Reid says they're bracing for longer delays if the dispute continues as the unions are pretty much controlling what gets loaded on the vessels and when.

He says the vessel due in 9 days had to wait two weeks before it could be loaded.