SWIRE Shipping celebrated the 500th call of its Polynesia Line service into Pago Pago on 30 August.
The call coincided with the official opening of the company’s new office in the capital of American Samoa.
Swire Shipping general manager Jeremy Sutton said the establishment of the new office represents a “confident” investment in the American Samoan community.
“With over 140 years of history, shipping was one of the earliest parts of the Swire group; it remains a very strong focus today,” he said.
“While our shipping business is global, we have always had a proud focus on the Pacific region.”
US Representative Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen attended Swire’s celebration of the two events.
“Our economy depends on success stories, opportunities and growth, so announcements like these are always great news for the community,” Aumua Amata said.
“These events happen because of hard work and good planning, so congratulations to everyone involved in these business milestones.”
In 2013, Swire Shipping acquired Polynesia Line, which, along with Swire, links American Samoa and the wider Pacific region with the US, Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
“With just over 50 years of history, we are committed to making sure Polynesia Line is strong for another 50 years into the future and continues to provide an important link for imports and exports to the US,” Mr Sutton said.
“The Polynesia Line slogan in the 1980s and 1990s was ‘trust is a voyage of many miles’. We want to thank our customers for the trust that they have placed in us in making these 500 voyages possible.”