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Samoa Govt reveals Vaiusu wharf plan

NEED TO EXPAND: At the moment, one big cruise ship can cover the whole pier at Matautu wharf with no room to spare. [Samoa Observer]

The Government is planning to construct a wharf at Vaiusu. Although details are not clear about when the project is likely to begin, the project is part of long-term plans to make Samoa the “maritime and airline hub of the Pacific.”

This is a press release issued by the Government:

Upgrading of the international airport at Faleolo and the construction of a wharf at Vaiusu are long-term plans earmarked by government to make Samoa the maritime and airline hub of the Pacific.

Samoa, of course, is centrally-located at the heart of the Pacific Ocean in relation to the outlay of the Pacific Islands region.

In line with commitments made to investment and development partners, Samoa is adamant in improving its airport infrastructure for ease of projected increase in visitor numbers.

This is an enticement for major hotel projects such as the Lanama Group at Taumeasina Island, Warwick at Vava’u and the ETG hotel Group to invest in Samoa. All three developments are expected to break ground this year. Other hotel projects, albeit at a smaller level, are being carried out by local investors.

Limitations experienced at the current wharf at Matautu has prompted government to revisit sound advice relayed by marine and civil engineers who surveyed Vaiusu Bay in the early 1960s. They concluded that the expansive and sheltered Vaiusu Bay is most ideal to build an international wharf.

This vision is in line with government’s recent purchase of all Pacific Forum Line shares. Not only will this development be a catalyst for PFL business but also a catalyst for inter-islands trade, making Apia the trading hub of the region.

At the moment, one big cruise ship can cover the whole pier at Matautu wharf with no room to spare. In addition, silt deposit from the Vaisigano River regularly builds up in the Apia harbor requiring expensive excavation work to remove it. Because of its exposure to the strong northerlies, heavy swells have been the cause of damages to anchored ships and the port itself.



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