The American Samoa Government, Department of Port Administration: Pago Pago Harbor is committed to preserving our aquatic heritage and enhancing our environment through proper management of all activities that occur within the harbor. Given this commitment, supported by statutes listed in ASCA Title 20, United States Coast Guard Regulations and the Federal Clean Water Act, we have established these BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES. DPA looks forward to partnering with all of our Harbor users for support and to ensure the safekeeping of our harbor and marine environment.

The Department of Port Administration, pursuant to ASCA Title 20, requires all vessel owners to adhere to the following Best Management Practices. They are common-sense procedures to ensure CLEAN BOATING and the protection of our harbor.

I. BILGE WATER MANAGEMENT AND USED OIL 

v Discharge of contaminated bilge water is illegal. Do not discharge bilge water that is contaminated with oil, detergents, and engine coolant or bilge cleaners. This discharge is toxic to marine life. Fines can be as high as $1,000 per violation.

v Do not drain oil into bilge. Fit a tray underneath engine to collect drips.

v Keep bilge area as dry as possible. Inspect fluid lines regularly, and fix all fluid leaks promptly.

v Use absorbent bilge pads to soak up oil and fuel.  

v Clean bilge areas after engine maintenance.

v Recycle oil and diesel properly.   

v Dispose of gasoline properly.   

v Recycle oil filters in the container provided.   

v Recycle used anti-freeze. DO NOT MIX WITH OIL OR FUEL.

v Contact DPA staff for nearest recycling locations @ 633-4449.

v Do not dispose of fuels or used oil in the Marina’s dumpsters.

II. BOAT FUELING

v Do not overfill your tanks.Know their capacity, and estimate the amount of fuel you need before fueling. Do not wait for fuel to spurt out the overflow vent to indicate full.

v Slow down. Prevent that accidental spill.

v Use fuel absorbent pads when fueling. 

v Place a bucket, pan or absorbent pad at the fuel vent to catch accidental overflow.

v Consider installing an in-line fuel/air separator.

v Use of detergents, dispersants and emulsifiers is prohibited.   

III. HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS, CLEANERS AN WASTES 

v Discharge of contaminated bilge water is illegal. Do not discharge bilge water that is contaminated with oil, detergents, and engine coolant or bilge cleaners. This discharge is toxic to marine life. Fines can be as high as $1,000 per violation.

v Do not drain oil into bilge. Fit a tray underneath engine to collect drips.

v Keep bilge area as dry as possible. Inspect fluid lines regularly, and fix all fluid leaks promptly.

v Use absorbent bilge pads to soak up oil and fuel.  

v Clean bilge areas after engine maintenance.

v Recycle oil and diesel properly.   

v Dispose of gasoline properly.   

v Recycle oil filters in the container provided.   

v Recycle used anti-freeze. DO NOT MIX WITH OIL OR FUEL.

v Contact DPA staff for nearest recycling locations @ 633-4449.

v Do not dispose of fuels or used oil in the Marina’s dumpsters.

IV. REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE ACTIVITIES 

Owners may undertakeMINOR REPAIRSas needed to maintain their vessels’ safety, appearance and utility, subject to the following policies. New or substantial exterior work encompassing more than 25%of the hull’s surface above the water line is prohibited. A full service dry-dock yard and engine repair facility is located at the north side of the harbor. Extensive repair work and bottom cleaning must occur in the commercial and permitted shipyard.

 PAINTING AND VARNISHING

 

v Limit the amount of open solvents or paints on dock to one gallon or less.

v Always mix paints and epoxy over a tarp.

v Always use a drip pan and drop cloth.

v Use up remaining bits of paint by spreading on an old board.

v Do not dispose of paints or solvents in the Marina’s dumpsters.

v Contact the DPA staff for nearest recycling and disposal locations.

 

            SURFACE PREPARATION

 

v Use biodegradable cleansers and teak cleaners.

v Liberally use tarps to capture all scrapings, debris and drips.

v Stretch tarps between side of boat and dock when working over the water.

v Vacuum dust and debris every time you move the tarp, or every hour.

v Wherever possible, use power equipment with vacuum system.

v Reverse boat in slip to work on far side.

v Work from lighters (pontoons, small floating docks, barges or floats) is prohibited. Vessel must be rotated to allow tarping and containment on the pier or shore.

v     If sanding dust, residue, etc., is reaching the water, you’re not doing it right!

 

            HULL MAINTENANCE

 

v Hulls with anti-fouling bottom paint which leaves residue or color in the watermay not be scrubbedin the Harbor, either by divers or on boat dollies. Permitted haul-out facilities must be used. Hulls may be wiped or sponged by divers authorized to work in the marina, so long as visible paint residue (i.e., a blue or red cloud) is not created in the water.

v Hulls which do not have anti-fouling bottom paint may be cleaned in the water by divers authorized to work in the marina.

v On-shore washing by any means of boat hulls having anti-fouling paint is prohibited. The drains in these areas discharge directly into marina waters.

v The tidal grid maynot be used for routine maintenance, hull cleaning or painting. It is available only for through hull work, replacement of zincs, minor propeller and rudder maintenance, the conduct of surveys and emergency repairs.

V. SPILL PREVENTION AND RESPONSE 

v Should a spill occur on or from your vessel, immediately stop the spill or leakage at its source and contain the spill. Report the spill immediately to Port Security: +684-633-7834

v Maintain a supply of petroleum absorbent materials (spill pads, pillows, socks, etc.) on board your boat.  

v Do not use detergents or soaps to clean up spills. Oil and detergents are toxic to fish and other marine life.

v Dispose of used absorbent materials by wrapping in newspaper, double wrapping in plastic, and placing in the dumpster.

VI. SOILD WASTE AND RECYCLING 

v Dispose of all garbage in proper shore-side or guest dock receptacles.

v Let empty paint cans dry thoroughly before disposing in trash.

v Recycle aluminum cans, cardboard, bottles, plastics and newspapers when possible.

VII. MARINA PARKING LOT / VEHICLES 

v Performing maintenance on vehicles in the parking lot is not allowed.

v Vehicle painting and engine or transmission removal are prohibited.

v Ensure that any vehicles you bring to the Marina parking lot do not pollute by leaking fuel, oil, anti-freeze or transmission fluid. Vehicles that leave significant amounts of these fluids in the parking lot are prohibited and may be towed at the owner’s expense.

v If your vehicle does foul the parking lot,you are responsible for cleanup and proper disposal.

v No car washing is allowed on Marina property.

v    Remember -Parking lot runoff enters Marina waters through the storm drain system. It’s important to our water quality that we keep the parking lot clean.

VIII. BLACK WATER / SEWAGE 

v Boat sewage (“black water”) shall never be discharged directly overboard in Pago Pago Harborregardless of the type of MSD installed.

v Private sewage pump-out and porta-potty services are available for vendor use.

v Use shore-side facilities as often as possible.

v Y-valves must be safety wired to ensure sewage flows into holding tank only.

v Store sewage in holding tanks and dispose of properly through the pump-out services.

v Use shore-side facilities as often as possible.

v All Vessels calling to port – to include: Harbor Marina tenants/live-aboards, must complete a “Best Management Practices” form on which they specify the method of sewage disposal they will use to comply with black/gray water disposal requirements.

v Pet waste can be a substantial source of fecal contamination to the waters of Pago Pago Harbor. All pet waste must be promptly removed and properly disposed of in the garbage.

IX. GRAY WATER

v Gray Water shall never be discharged in Pago Pago Harbor.

v Reduce gray water generation by minimizing the use of sinks, soaps, and detergents, and by rinsing your vessel with clean water only. If you must use soap, use more environmentally friendly soaps (no chlorine or petroleum distillates).

v If gray water discharge displays turbidity, oil sheen or discoloration to the receiving water, this violates the statutes in ASCA Title 20 water quality standards. Example: Soap-suds in the water violates this standard.  Vessel owners are subject to fines and penalties when this standard is violated.

v Gray water discharge from sinks, dishwasher, laundry and showers may be harmful to aquatic life within the marina, and contains bacterial in sufficient quantities to be a public health concern.

v If using on board showers, boaters should contain the gray water and dispose of it through pump-out services.

v Use sink screens or strainers, and dispose of strained waste in the garbage.

 

 

ALL HAZARDOUS WASTE MUST BE DISPOSED OF PROPERLYUSE OF DUMPSTERS IS NOT PROPER DISPOSAL OF HAZARDOUS WASTE!

Contact DPA Pier Superintendent @ 633-4449 for more information.