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Cable Ship Reliance (C.S. Reliance). Photo/Misiona Simo

Samoa welcomed Cable Ship Reliance (C.S. Reliance) yesterday, signaling a step closer to the grand opening of the Samoa Marine Depot.

The Ship Master, Captain David Ledoux and his crew of 50, were welcomed with a cultural performance by the Vaimoso Boys Brigade and the dance group from Samoa Traditional Resort at Matautu.

The welcoming party included the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai, U.S. Embassy Charge daffairs Tony Greubel and members of the Samoa Submarine Cable Company.

The company, T.E. Connectivity from America, secured a five-year contract to do cable maintenance and construction work in the Asia Pacific region, including Samoa. 

It is a specifically designed and constructed vessel for cable maintenance and construction, making her one of the most versatile cable ships in the industry.

At this time, the C.S. Reliance is berthed in New Caledonia but will move into Apias port at the end of the year where it will be based over the next five years. Samoas central position in the South Pacific makes it the ideal location while it caters to all the Pacific Islands. 

The Samoa Submarine Cable Company Director (on behalf of Chairman Pauli Prince Suhren), Sua Justina Sau Lam told the Samoa Observer that there are many benefits to having the C.S. Reliance based in Samoa, including the economic boost to the Samoa Port Authority as well as to the local hospitality and tourism industry.

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