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Pago Pago Port fees and regulations in American Samoa
« on: January 25, 2009, 11:33:47 PM »
Fees   
Pago Pago Port  Docking Fees  Port fees are based on a set calculation which is determined by either the gross tonnage of  the vessel or by its length.  The fees are standard rates for all vessels coming into Pago  Pago harbor, whether they are identified as cruise vessels or for other commercial use.   

The fees are calculated either by:  a)  2 cents per gross ton per day   or  b)  10 cents per foot (length) per day  (whichever is greater)     

Tug Boat Fees
The following rates apply to cruise ships requiring tug boat assistance when entering and  leaving Pago Pago Harbor:   
Tatoso II - $250/hr  Length: 112 ft, Twin Screw, 1,650HP  Tatua - $250/hr  Length: 85 ft, Twin Screw, 1,730HP   

Anchorage and Mooring Fees
 
The following mooring and anchorage fees, which are currently in affect for yachts, are  also applicable to larger cruise vessels. The same fees that apply to maximum length  yachts also apply to cruise ships that wish to anchor outside of the harbor.  Due to the limited size of the outer-island ports, the maximum length for vessels wishing to enter  those ports is as follows:   
   Auasi (Tutuila):   100 ft.  Aunu’u:     110 ft.   Ofu:    150 ft.   Ta’u:       150 ft.        Faleasao:     150 ft.     

Vessels which exceed the maximum length for the Small Boat Harbors may anchor  outside of those harbors (after first receiving clearance in Pago Pago Harbor) and then  shuttle-launch or lighter into the smaller ports.  (Source: Chris King, Deputy Director of Port Administration)   

Rates per Month or Fraction Thereof     
Length of Vessel  Anchorage Privileges  Buoy Privileges 
Under 20 feet   $ 7.50   $ 8.50   
20 feet but less than 30   8.50   12.50 
30 feet but less than 40   12.50  15.00 
40 feet but less than 50   15.00  17.50 
50 feet but less than 60   17.50  22.50 
60 feet and over   22.50  27.50  Source: http://www.asbar.org/Regs/asac20.htm   

Clearance (logistical)    Before calling on any port of call outside of Pago Pago, the cruise ship must first  physically check-in at the main port of Pago Pago for clearance which includes customs,  immigration and public health before being granted permission to call on other ports  outside of Pago Pago.   

    All cruise ships which choose Pago Pago as a port of call schedule their arrivals through a  local shipping agent. These local shipping agents facilitate the scheduling of the  incoming cruise ships with the American Samoa Department of Port Administration  harbormaster.  It is through these agents that the Port provides its services such as:  potable water, trash collection, oily waste collection, tugboats, and pilots.  The agents  also coordinate the replenishment of any local fruits (bananas and papayas) to be brought  on board while in port. 

Although cruise ships normally do not refuel while in Pago Pago,  they would coordinate re-fueling through the local shipping agent should the need arise.   Port fees are collected from the local shipping agent rather than from the cruise line itself.   The five most common local shipping agents currently serving the cruise industry in Pago  Pago are: 
 
Agent  Phone Number  Fax Number

Harbor Maritime & Stevedoring  (684) 633-4210  (684) 633-4208 
KFJ Shipping Agency, Inc.  (684) 633-1109  (684) 633-1071
PM&O Line  (684) 633-4527  (684) 633-4530 
Polynesian Shipping Services  (684) 633-1211  (683) 633-1265 
Samoa Pacific Shipping Inc.  (684) 633-4665  (684) 633-4667 

Foreign Vessels Licensing and Inspection

Pago Pago is considered a U.S. Port of Entry, meaning that all vessels calling into Pago  Pago Port are subject to U.S. Coast Guard Rules involving safety, security, life saving,  and ensuring that an English-speaking person is on the bridge in order to minimize the  possibility of miscommunication.

In addition, all foreign vessels must have a master and  engineer licensed by the country of the vessel's registry.  The license of the master and  engineer must be produced upon demand of the Marine Board of Inspectors.  If the  master or engineer fails to produce his or her license on demand, the vessel may be  prohibited from carrying passengers or cargo to or from any port in American Samoa  until the license is produced.     

All vessels entering Pago Pago Harbor operating in inter-island or coastwise shipping,  carrying goods or people to or from American Samoa, are also subject to periodic  inspection by the Board to determine if the vessel meets the safety standards as  established by the American Samoan Administrative Code, Title 20.

    Immigration and Quarantine
American Samoa has its own immigration laws, unlike the U.S. territory of Guam, where  U.S. immigration laws apply.  The current trend for cruise ships which call on Pago Pago  is to both arrive and leave on the same day.  Although it is rare for cruise ships to  overnight, there are no laws prohibiting them from doing so.  Tourists currently do not  use American Samoa as an embarking/disembarking station, meaning that they do not fly  to American Samoa to catch a vessel when it calls on port – nor do passengers get off in  American Samoa to catch a plane to another destination.  As a result, immigration and  customs policies do not apply for cruise ship passengers who leave on the same ship that  they arrive on.   

Passenger Clearance and Documents
Upon entering American Samoa, U.S. citizens must show a valid passport, a certificate of  birth, or some other form of identification which demonstrates U.S. citizenship.  All other  passengers must have a valid passport.  Passenger documentation for cruise passengers to  American Samoa is handled by the cruise ship operator.  Visitors coming to American  Samoa are not required to have visas.  All passengers (including U.S. passengers) must  have an onward ticket.   

 


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