4 May 2016

American Samoa's only ferry back in action tomorrow

2:27 pm on 4 May 2016

American Samoa's passenger ferry the MV Sili will be back in action tomorrow after more than a month of repairs.

Ofu and Olosega in the Manu'as. (American Samoa).

Ofu and Olosega in the Manu'as. Photo: American Samoa Tourism

The vessel's rudder was severely damaged in early March and was sent to Hawai'i for repairs.

There has been no ocean transportation service between the main island of Tutuila and the Manu'a islands since then.

The rudder arrived at the weekend and trial tests were run yesterday.

The Port Administration Director Taimalelagi Dr Claire Poumele says there are still some minor repairs to be done today but the plan is for the MV Sili to sail to the Manu'a islands tomorrow.

A priority is the delivery of fuel for the American Samoa Power Authority and food items for residents of Manu'a.

The repair bill so far amounts to $US270,000.