The U.S. Coast Guard has given a clearance to a Samoa government-owned cruise vessel to operate in American Samoa's domestic waters.
The MV Lady Filifilia was in the territory to bring a Samoa government delegation, led by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, for the Flag Day celebration.
At the same time, Samoa officials were in Pago Pago to discuss the possible use of the vessel between Tutuila and Manu'a, while the local government owned MV Sili continues to undergo repairs and renovations.
While the cruise vessel was in the territory, the Coast Guard's Lieutenant Ted Harre inspected the vessel.
He says the Coast Guard has given it clearance to carry passengers and some cargo.
The vessel can take up to 149 passengers but Lt Harre authorised it to carry only up to 60 passengers.