New Service Wharf Rehabilitation Project Dediation
The new Service Wharf Rehabilitation project was officially dedicated on January 24. The ceremony was attended by Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga, Lieutenant Governor Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga, Director of Port Administration Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Poumele, respective Directors, members of the Senate and House of Representatives as well as other government and business dignitaries. It was a cool overcast morning when the large gathering of government officials and members of the business community assembled at the newly reconstructed Service Wharf at the Main Dock in Fagatogo to officially commemorate the successful completion of this major infrastructure project.
The project involved the redesign of the existing Service Wharf and its surrounding areas to be more structurally sound and to accommodate larger vessels. The previous Service Wharf was built on sediment, not on a basalt foundation and through years of increased port activity and operational usage, the Service Wharf had deteriorated which resulted in the structure slowly sinking into the unstable sediment seabed and eventually would have fallen into the sea. Originally this project was to strengthen the Service Wharf, but following the geotechnical investigations, recommendations were adopted to construct an entirely New Service Wharf.
To open the ceremony, welcoming remarks were provided by the Master of Ceremonies HTC Maiava Fidelis Leota. An invocation and prayer followed by Reverend Iasepi Ulu of Fagatogo CCCAS accompanied by the Fagatogo CCCAS Choir.A project history was provided by Dean Hudson of Fletcher Construction Company who spoke about the scope of the project detailing built the dock below budget and on schedule. Mr. Hudson detailed that the concrete used to build the dock is 12,000 psi and piles were driven to 256 feet deep into the ocean bed. Hudson thanked concrete suppliers Samoa Maritime and McConnell Dowell, Department of Interior Field Representative Lydia Faleafine Nomura, Port Administration engineers and the Fletcher crew.
Remarks by the Director of Port Administration Taimelelagi Dr. Claire Poumele followed. The Port Director referenced previous remarks by Governor Lolo that these infrastructure developments are being constructed for present use and for future generations of American Samoa.
Special remarks were then delivered by Honorable Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga. Governor Lolo expressed his appreciation to all that were instrumental in the successful completion of the important project to serve the needs of the territory. The Governor specifically thanked the Department of Interior and the Fono for their support.
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga then cut the ribbon to officially commemorate the Service Wharf Rehabilitation project at the Port of Pago Pago.
Closing remarks were offered by the Master of Ceremonies before Reverend Iasepi Ulu gave the final blessing for the new dock.
This $8 million project was funded by the US Department of the Interior-Office of Insular Affairs Capital Improvement Projects Funding. Costs include the Design and Project Management with BECA Pacific Inc., and Construction Contract with Fletcher Construction Company Limited.
The project, carried out by Fletcher Construction, cost $596,799 for the design; $534,150 for construction management; and $8.46 million for construction. The US Department of Interior and Capital Improvement Projects provided funding for the project, which took 24 months to complete.