Tri Marine’s Cape Breton Completes Drydocking

Repairs Successfully Competed


Satala, Pago Pago, American Samoa, 22 January, 2013


The U.S. flag F/V Cape Breton successfully completed repairs and drydocking at the Ronald Reagan Shipyard located in Satala last week.

Mike Wisneske who is General Manager of Samoa Fishing Management, a Tri Marine Company, was responsible for managing the repair operation.

"I would like to thank the newly appointed Shipyard board of directors, the management team and especially the workers for making this operation a successful one. The commitment shown by an entirely Samoan workforce is impressive. With this job, they went beyond the call of duty including working after hours, weekends and holidays to ensure the quality of workmanship and that the job was completed on time. We appreciate their performance and we will be happy to work with the American Samoa shipyard on the repair needs of the Tri Marine fleet" said Mr. Wisneske.

The shipyard was recently taken over in bankruptcy proceedings by the American Samoa Government and is now managed by the American Samoa Shipyard Services Authority. Carlos Sanchez is the Chairman of the Authority.

About the repair, Mr. Sanchez proudly noted, "This was an important job for the shipyard. It’s proof that we can provide the critical maintenance and repair services needed by the fishing fleet that is based in American Samoa. Together with the tuna processing, transhipping, fuelling, logistics, provisioning, and other repair activities, the shipyard is a vital part of what could make American Samoa the hub for the tuna industry in the South Pacific. When you consider that Tri Marine spent over $1.2 million in American Samoa just during this call of the Cape Breton, you can begin to imagine the magnitude of the economic benefit deriving from the combined activities which serve the boats that are based here."

The Cape Breton is the longest and heaviest boat ever drydocked at the shipyard and is one of the 10 vessels belonging to Cape Fisheries LLC, a Tri Marine Group company. The 10 Cape purse seiners are all managed by Samoa Fishing Management, a local American Samoan company. They typically deliver their catch to StarKist, or when StarKist cannot unload them, they transship onto refrigerated carriers anchored in the harbor.

Background on Tri Marine

Headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, Tri Marine is a privately owned fully integrated tuna and pelagic fish supply company with focus on the supply of tuna and tuna products on a global level. The Group has companies and offices in 14 countries and processing activities in plants located strategically around the world. Tri Marine owns and operates a fleet of 21 fishing vessels including 10 tuna purse seiners in the Western Pacific under U.S. flag and 5 purse seiners and 4 pole and line vessels under Solomon Islands flag. Tri Marine was formed in Singapore in 1972 and it has grown to be one of the largest tuna supply companies in the world. The Company is in the process of rebuilding the tuna cannery it owns in Atu’u now called Samoa Tuna Processors.