NEW INTER-SAMOA PASSENGER FERRY TO BEGIN SERVICE

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (January 20, 1999 - Samoa News)---Samoa's new passenger ferry is scheduled to arrive in American Samoa Friday morning, according to local agent Polynesian Shipping.

Built in Japan and funded by the Japanese government, the Lady Naomi was officially handed over to the Samoa Government last month in a brief ceremony attended by Japanese and Samoa officials, including local U.S. Coast Guard Liaison officer, Lt. Michael Sakaio.

Lady Naomi will replace the aging MV Queen Salamasina, which will arrive here Thursday on her final inter-island voyage.

Fridays non-commercial sail was approved by the Samoa Cabinet last week. The Cabinet also approved the passenger ferry's maiden voyager last Friday afternoon from Apia Harbor on Upolu to the Salelologa Wharf on Savai‘i.

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