SPA launches $5.15 million USD new state-of-the-art Tugboat, Sa’ula-60

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The Samoa Ports Authority yesterday launched its $5.15 million USD new state-of-the-art Tugboat, Sa’ula-60. 

Minister of Works Transport and Infrastructure, Olo Fiti Vaai said the boat was completed in June this year and left Vietnam last month and was captained by Redwise staff and on board were the local Captain crew members.

Olo confirmed there were five companies that tendered bids for the project from Europe, China and Hong Kong and the contract of more than $10 million tala was awarded to Cheoy Lee Shipyards from Hong Kong

The contract consisted of building the boat, training of crew members and delivery of the boat to Samoa from Vietnam its shipyard.

“The name of the new tugboat was approved by Cabinet in March as per recommendation by the Samoa Port Authority and it’s named after Sa’ula or Blue Marlin and the number 60, in line with the 60 years of Samoa independence.” 

It was funded by the Asian Development Bank through grant aid and the Samoa Government, the Tugboat helps in mooring or berthing operations for ships by either towing or pushing a vessel towards the port.

A tug is a special class of boat without which mega-ships cannot get into a port.

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The Minister also commended the foresight of the Samoa Port Authority Board, chaired by Tuiloma Nerodi Slade Chairman and his directors, along with the SPA management under the leadership of Sooalo Kuresa So’oalo as the CEO and the staff for such an achievement.