MISSION STATEMENT

"In Partnership with Port Users, DPA shall provide excellent services to its Customers and the Community, in by doing so - raise the standard of living of the Territory in a manner that protects our environment and maintains the best of our fa'a-samoa (Samoan way of life)".

VISION STATEMENT

“In the global market, American Samoa will become the hub of Pacific Island Region.”

FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT

The Department of Port Administration is divided into three major operations: (a) Seaport Division, (b) Airport Division, and (c) Security and Safety Division. These divisions consist of subdivisions that ensure accountability and stability for our major operations and our services to the public. The objective is to ensure security, transparency, and redundancy in moving forward.

These are the subdivisions that create the foundation and backbone of our organization. The operations under (a) Seaport Division are: Director’s Office, IT Central, Pier Section, Harbormaster’s Office, Water Transportation, Finance & Budget, Property Management, Grants & Engineering, and Seaport Maintenance. The operations under (b) Airport Division are: Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighters, Airport Management, Airport Maintenance, and Manu’a Division. The operations under (c) Security & Safety Division are: Seaport Police and Airport Police.

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FUNCTION CHART

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PORT OPERATIONS

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Most cargo handled through the Port of Pago Pago is containerized. Although some break bulk cargo is handled; it is minimal and has little effect on the basic operation or the allocation of space within the port area. The primary cargo is export canned tuna from the two canneries (the largest industry and private sector employers in American Samoa) and materials and empty containers consigned to the canneries. The canneries produce approximately 1,050 TEU’s (twenty foot equivalent units of containerized cargo) of canned tuna per month. Other container traffic consists of consumer goods for the general population.

 

In addition to cargo activities, support facilities are provided for the fleet of purse seine boats supplying the canneries. These boats require berthing and apron space for re-provisioning and limited vessel repairs. An area is provided where nets may be repaired. The fishing fleet is required to support the canneries and at the same time contribute to the economy of the community.

METHOD OF OPERATION

The Port of Pago Pago is able to work 24 hours per day 7 days per week, with the exception of specific holidays and during periods of severe weather Total work days available per year is estimated at 350.

 

The Department of Port Administration does not directly handle cargo, with the exception of the minimal CFS activity for intra-island freight. Two stevedoring companies that have contracts with the ocean carriers physically handle all cargo. Click here for more information. All of the freight carries calling at Pago Pago use self-loading ships. The Port is not equipped with containers cranes. The stevedore activity consists of handling the containers off and on the vessels using ship’s gear, moving the containers to a place of rest within the terminal and transferring the containers to trucks. All containers stacking is done by forklift and the movement of containers in and out of the yard is accomplished with tractors and container chassis. Some of the forklifts have container-handling attachments so that containers maybe lifted from the top. The stevedoring companies own most of the trucks transporting the containers.

FREIGHT TERMINAL AND CONTAINER YARD

This facility dominates the land approach to the town area of Fagatogo Village. It is centrally located between the Government/Samoana High School campus and the commercial district, including the Amerika Samoa Bank and Post Office of Fagatogo. It is primary commercial wharf facility for the Territory and supports all freight and commodity shipments (except for unloading of tuna that occurs at the cannery wharves). The facility was the site of a former U.S. Naval facility and underwent two major expansions.

 

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The present transit warehouse and port office building, about 40,000 square feet in area, was constructed in the 1950’s. This building is adjacent to the “Main Wharf”, a foot long reinforced concrete wharf, apparently constructed in the 1940’s by the United States Government. The wharf can accommodate ships with an operational draft up to 35 feet (10.6m) according to published information. A second wharf, the “Container Wharf”, lies adjacent to the Main wharf to the East. It is 1040 feet long and can accommodate vessels of 32-foot draft (9.75m). Limiting drafts of approximately 38 feet (8.5m) are reported for the eastern third of this wharf. Dockside utilities are not proved, except for fresh water that is available from one hydrant that services both wharves. Other facilities include quay side moorings for service craft (tugs and interisland shipments, and old customs warehouse and building occupied by stevedoring companies).

LOCATION

The Department of Port Administration (DPA) buildingDPA_Building.png is located north of the main entrance to the container yard complex. The build functions as both the Port
Administration headquarters and a transit shed. The concrete structure is roughly 30 feet in height with a flat roof that cantilevers some 20 feet out past the building footprint. Large roll-ups doors are located on the pier-side of the building for handling materials.
When a cruise ship is moored at the 400 foot pier,
operations at the container yard stop temporarily and a make-shift guest arrival plaza is created near the ship’s gang plank. Local vendors selling cultural items set up flea market-style tents along the edge of the building. Live bands play Samoan music and the chain link fence at the main entrance to the container yard is decorated with palm fronds and ginger stalks.

 

All Port projects and operations are finalized at our main office before it is directed throughout each seaport division. Our offices located here are: Director’s Office, IT Central, Seaport Security and Safety, Pier Section, Harbor Master’s Office, Water Transportation, Finance and Budget, Property Management, Grants and Engineering, and Seaport Maintenance. For career opportunities, stop by or give us a call and our friendly staff will assist you with great customer service.

American Samoa Port

 Our operational hours are the busiest time at our Port. You will  see a lot of activities from the main gate to moving containers,  from the docking vessels to cruise ships, and from incoming  traffic to security check points. Local business owners and  visitors often visit from 8:00AM to 4:00PM to discharge  containers and merchandises. During this busy time, we are  generating millions for our government revenue and local  economy.

 

 One of our daily streams of traffic is incoming and outgoing  fishing vessels. It has become a major player in  our port  circulation and local economy. It has created more job opportunities in American Samoa especially  our local canneries. We believe that a busy Port will generate a million to billions on a monthly basis. As the  hub of the Pacific Region, our Port is expecting more traffic than usual this year.