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Floating Restaurant causes concern

By Taina Kami Enoka

Floating Restaurant causes concern The Samoa Ports Authority-owned ‘$1 Floating Restaurant’ raised eyebrows on Monday night and yesterday at Matautu-tai. The boat that’s been renamed Moana Blue caused concern among the general public in the vicinity, at about 9pm Monday when it tilted and looked dangerously close to falling on its side.

But SPA CEO, Taulapapa Maselino Tomeniko assuaged such fears yesterday. “It was no cause to panic,”he says.

The listing was due to excess water that required drainage from the septic tanks, accumulated from rain and rough seas.
It’s happened “many times before.”

Taulapapa confirmed that the Fire and Emergency Services called and informed him ab

out the matter on Monday night.
Two or three workers on board the Moana Blue were evacuated.

It was expected that the floating restaurant would be back to normal by yesterday evening.
“It’s still floating, it won’t sink,” he said yesterday morning, adding that a proper survey of the hull was being done.

“The septic draining is normal procedure and done in the morning and evenings by disposal trucks. This was for environmental purposes where water was not disposed into the sea.

“It’s usually like that. It doesn’t discharge water into the sea.” There was also excess water on the deck and most parts of the vessel.
“Today (yesterday) it will be back afloat.”

However, prior to the restaurant going back to business as normal, Taulapapa was awaiting a report from the diver who surveyed the under hull.
The $1 Floating Restaurant, was originally a fishing vessel, called Vaimoi’a.

“It’s a good place, especially for those with connections to the sea such as mariners and seafarers who prefer to eat at floating eateries.”
Media were told by SPA employees on Monday night that they could not take photos. Yesterday, they weregiven the same message.

 

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