Eric C. Shen, P.E., PTP, CPE - Director, Mid-Pacific Gateway Office, Maritime Administration, US Department of Transportation was in the Territory and presented a certificate to Honorable Governor Lolo Moliga to recognize the recent designation of US Marine Highway Route AS-1 and Project Designation for the Port of Pago Pago.


The Department of Port Administration has worked with the US Department of Transportation for the past 3 years to obtain the Certificate of Designation which will allow the DPA to apply for Grants that will develop the Port of Pago Pago.


On July 30, 2019, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced the designation of nine Marine Highway Projects and a Marine Highway Route that will benefit Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington State and American Samoa. Marine highways are navigable waterways that can be used as alternate options to traditional shipping methods.


“The designation of marine highways by Congress will help move cargo and people to help grow the economy and shift freight off of congested highways,” said Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.


“Marine highways are an efficient and cost-effective option for moving freight and passengers in America,” said Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby.


The America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP) authorizes the designation of Marine Highway Routes and Marine Highway Projects. A Marine Highway Project is a planned service, or expansion of an existing service, on a designated Marine Highway Route. Designation makes projects and highway routes eligible to apply for federal funding.


Congress appropriated $7 million for AMHP in Fiscal Year 2019.The new designations and route include American Samoa Inter-Island Ferry Service. As a newly designated Marine Highway route and designated project, the Port of Pago Pago will enhance both intra-island and inter-island transportation to the outer islands, including the movement of freight, to ultimately promote the development and growth of these relatively isolated areas.

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