30 Sep 2015

Ship taking fuel to American Samoan islands breaks down

8:57 am on 30 September 2015

The remote American Samoa island of Ofu and Olosega will have a longer wait for fuel supplies, after a ferry bringing fuel was forced to turn around and return to Pago Pago.

Pago Pago, American Samoa.

Pago Pago, American Samoa. Photo: AFP

The MV Sili developed engine problems while on its way to Manu'a on Friday night.

It was its first trip in three weeks, after being cleared by the coast guard following generator repairs.

However, the Director of Port Administration, Taimalelagi Claire Poumele, says the ferry developed engine problems and the captain decided to turn back when the engineer was unable to solve the problem.

Taimalelagi says the American Samoa Power Authority has a brand new engine that will now take a week to install .

Students on Ofu and Olosega have been forced to walk the 8-kilometre trek to school after the school bus ran out of fuel.