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US Army Corps Delays Tri-Marine’s Dock Operations American Samoa, March 13, 13

Some major construction projects which are key to economic development haven’t gotten off the ground because they need US Army Corps of Engineer permits which were applied for a couple of years ago.
Permits from the US Army Corps are mandatory for all projects which involve seaside construction.
One of the projects awaiting a permit from the corps is construction of a new and larger dock at the Samoa Tuna processors plant in Atu’u. The permit application was submitted in 2011 but up to now the cannery is still waiting for a permit.
Officials of Tri-Marine, the parent company of Samoa Tuna Processors have said the dock is a vitally needed component of their tuna processing operations and they cannot move on construction of the tuna packing plant until a permit for the dock construction is issued.
When he met with Lt. Colonel Thomas Asbery District commander of the US Army Corps at Fort Shafter, Honolulu earlier this month, American Samoa Governor Lolo Moliga requested the commander’s assistance in expediting the permit for the cannery dock project as well as the Tau wharf improvement.
The governor was positive about the reception he received from LTC Asbery. He said in a letter to the commander, “Thank you for your commitment to help us expedite the review of projects which impact our efforts to advance our economic development programs. These include the Ta’u Wharf Project and the Tri-Marine Dock project.”