Despite a downward turn in the territory’s economy, local businesses are continuing to make investments in the territory.
Some of the investments for 2015 were in the still fledgling tourism industry.
In the final quarter of last year, local company Pago Pago Marine Charter, owned by Peter Crispin and Andy Wearing, launched two new vessels supporting their commercial and recreational services.
The first charter boat, “Double Hooked” is a new 50’ vessel built by Alloy Cats/Kingfisher Boats in Tauranga, New Zealand.
This vessel was displayed at the Auckland on the Water Boat Show last September, New Zealand’s premier industry event attracting over 20,000 visitors and 200 marine manufacturers and suppliers.
According to the American Samoa Visitors Bureau first Newsletter for 2016, the local company’s participation was a huge success and led to a feature in Professional Skipper Magazine (January 2016).
Owners Peter Crispin and Andy Wearing believe that this vessel will add to the visitor expectation of a charter experience.
The second charter boat, “Double Barrel” is a 39’ LOA x 13’ beam cat designed by Alloy Cats/Kingfisher Boats and built locally at Industrial Gases in Tafuna.
This vessel was on display at the Fisheries forum held at the Port of American Samoa in October before hitting the water for it’s initial shake down cruise where the crew caught it’s first two fish, a wahoo and masi masi.
“Double Barrell” will be used for commercial charters (scientific research and deep diving), recreational charters (diving, whale watching, marine tours) and game fishing.
Pago Pago Marine Charters is the only full service dive operation with its own decompression chamber.
With these added vessels, Pago Pago Marine Charters will be able to better service the increasing demand for dive, fishing and marine tour excursions in 2016.