The Samoa Ports Authority is responsible for the Port of Apia. It was created in 1998 under the Ports Authority Act, when it acquired all port assets in Apia, Salelologa, Asau, and Mulifanua. The ports authority is a self-funding organization that manages and maintains the ports in Samoa and supports the country's social and industrial communities.
Samoa's economy depends on maritime commerce and transportation, and its ports are vital to the basic societal infrastructure.
The Port of Apia is the country's only commercial port, and it handles almost all of the country's foreign trade cargoes. The Port of Apia has regular maritime relationships with New Zealand and Australia in the South Pacific and with countries around the world that include Japan, the United States, and Europe.
Most of the cargo traffic through the Port of Apia is container and roll-on/roll-off cargo; however, the Port of Apia also serves small cargo vessels, oil tankers, and cruise liners.
The main wharf in the Port of Apia was built in 1966 to handle conventional cargoes. The wharf is 185 meters long alongside depth of 12 meters. A new 166-meter wharf extension was add in late 2003.
The Port of Apia and the Samoa Ports Authority strives to promote tourism in Samoa. To facilitate this growing industry, the Port of Apia has developed a new marina and a floating restaurant.
The Port of Apia Marina was completed in two phases. Phase I included the construction of a 50-berth facility for yachts. Phase II saw the development of a mall for lease to support customers of the marina and the addition of berths for 32 yachts. The floating restaurant is moored adjacent to the marina and offers a romantic setting with a glorious view of the ocean sunsets.