28 Dec 2012

Shipyard company in American Samoa scores large vessel

7:01 am on 28 December 2012

The Shipyard Services Authority in American Samoa has pulled up on the slipway today the largest vessel they've ever serviced since becoming a government authority.

It's the Cape Breton owned by Tri Marine International. The purse seiner is 270 feet long and weighs 2,200 tons.

Shipyard employees had to make certain arrangements such as restrengthening the slipway platforms to accommodate Cape Breton's arrival.

Both the Shipyard Services Board Chairman Carlos Sanchez and Vice Chair David Robinson lauded the Cape Breton project as evidence of the quality work performed by the local dedicated workforce at the shipyard.

Mr Sanchez says this is a monumental step in the company being recognised as a major shipyard in the western Pacific.

"Because this is the biggest boat the tri-mariner has, this is the heaviest boat the tri mariner has, so this will open up the opportunity for us to serve other boats in the industry."

The Shipyard Services Board Chairman Carlos Sanchez.