Supply ship finally berths

By Talaia Mika 27 February 2024, 11:00PM

Families and businesses woke up to good news on Tuesday as the supply ship in essential food supplies had finally berthed.

This kept the Matautu port busy on Tuesday as trucks drove in and out to offload containers from the Pacific Forum Line vessel Matai.

People have been facing a shortage of food supplies for over a month and this has impacted many families and businesses.

Some businesses such as Ah Liki Wholesale confirmed that their chicken supply will be back in stock on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the ship berthed after a cruise ship left the Apia port on Monday.

And while many families and businesses awaited their supplies, especially chicken, a truck belonging to Ah Liki made quite a scene in front of Lava Hotel on Tuesday afternoon after boxes of chicken fell on the main road amid heavy traffic.

The ship was initially scheduled to arrive on Sunday 25 February but because of a cruise ship that was scheduled to arrive on Monday, it can not berth until the cruise ship leaves the Apia port.

The PFL Manager, Teuila Papalii, confirmed this during a previous interview with the Samoa Observer on Saturday when queried whether the boat had arrived as planned.

The PFL Matai was first scheduled to arrive on 12 February but was delayed to arrive two days later, then rescheduled again for the 19th, then on Saturday.

According to the shipping agent, the ship was undergoing repairs as the ship's hatch covers were removed due to a crane breakdown during a load and discharge operation in Lautoka, Fiji, and the ship's repairs were delayed due to parts arriving from Asia later this month.

The manager said the repairs went well and the ship had left Fiji where it had been since 12 February.

By Talaia Mika 27 February 2024, 11:00PM
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