Tri Marine’s CAPE BRETON completes drydock

Work on the Cape Breton was completed at the local shipyard on Jan 15, 2013 (morning). [courtesy photo]

The U.S. flag F/V Cape Breton successfully completed repairs and dry docking at the Ronald Reagan Shipyard located in Satala a couple of weeks ago, with accolades from the owners of the vessel, Tri Marine, on the quality work done by the local shipyard.

The 247’ fishing vessel was a conspicuous addition to the Pago Pago harbor view during the 40 days she “spent in the shipyard where nearly 50 shipyard employees and some outside contractors” combined “to repair and maintain the state of the art super seiner.”

Mike Wisneske who is General Manager of Samoa Fishing Management, a Tri Marine Company, was responsible for managing the repair operation.

“I would like to thank the newly appointed Shipyard board of directors, the management team and especially the workers for making this operation a successful one. The commitment was shown by a mostly Samoan workforce and was an impressive effort made by ASSSA. With this job, they went beyond the call of duty including working after hours, weekends and holidays to ensure the quality of workmanship and that the job was completed on time. We appreciate their performance and we will be happy to continue to work with the American Samoa shipyard on the repair needs of the Tri Marine fleet,” said Wisneske.

The shipyard was recently taken over in bankruptcy proceedings by the American Samoa Shipyard Services Authority. Carlos Sanchez as the Chairman of the Authority, noted that “this was an important job for the shipyard. It’s proof that we can provide the critical maintenance and repair services needed by the fishing fleet that is based in American Samoa.

Together with the tuna processing, transshipping, fueling, logistics, provisioning and other repair activities, the shipyard is a vital part of what could make American Samoa the hub for the tuna industry in the South Pacific. When you consider that Tri Mairine spent over $1.2 million in American Samoa just during this call of the Cape Breton, you can begin to imagine the magnitude of the economic benefit deriving from the combined activities which serve the boats that are based here.”

The Cape Breton is the longest and heaviest boat ever dry docked at the shipyard and one of the 10 vessels belonging to Cape Fisheries LLC, a Tri Marine Group company.

The 10 Cape purse seiners are all based in American Samoa and they are managed by a local company (Samoa Fishing Management). They typically deliver their catch to StarKist or when StarKist cannot unload them, they transship onto to refrigerated carriers anchored in the harbor.

Considering the average cost of a Tri Marine vessel in port, without the refit cost of shipyard, or the crew’s personal outlays, the economic benefits of developing American Samoa as the hub for Central- South Pacific fisheries becomes apparent.

For the Cape Breton alone, it is estimated that around $890,000 was expended, according to an itemized list seen by Samoa News. Much of the expenses were in preparing the vessel to go back out fishing, i.e. fuel, salt, food, fishing gear, etc., but also included Port fees ($3,000) and costs to dispose water and oil waste ($3,600).


Headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, Tri Marine is a privately owned, fully integrated tuna and pelagic fish supply company, with focus on the supply of tuna and tuna products on a global level. The Group has companies and offices in 14 countries and processing activities in plants located strategically around the world. Tri Marine owns and operates a fleet of 21 fishing vessels, including a fleet of 10 tuna purse seiners operated in the Western Pacific under U.S. flag, and 5 purse seiners and 4 Pole and Line vessels operating under Solomon Islands flag.

Tri Marine was formed in Singapore in 1972 and it has grown to be one of the largest tuna supply companies in the world. The company is in the process of rebuilding the tuna cannery it owns in Atu’u, now called Samoa Tuna Processors.

(Source: Tri Marine press release)


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