September 11, 2003
Hawaii Ocean Safety Team
Advisory Board Meeting
Robin Bond, Chairman, Kim Beasley, CIC, Bob Heidrich, HYC, Susan Harper, HYC, Tom Heberle, Chris Woolaway, Sea Grant, Bill Mossman, Rec. Boating, Terry Rice., USCG Ret., CDR George Butler, Louie Alday, Brad Rimell, Sause, and Julia Morgan.
To Order and Approval of the Minutes
Chairman Robin Bond opened the meeting. A quorum was present so the minutes from the last Advisory Board Meeting were presented for approval. Kim Beasley moved the minutes be accepted as presented. Chris Woolaway seconded the motion. The minutes were approved.
Item #3 -
Chris Woolaway reported that current finances total $1,462.25
Item #4 -
New Advisory Board Member, Iwalani Stone - Susan
Robin announced that Mr. Bernie Bender has announced that he is resigning from the Board. The good news is that we have found a willing replacement in Iwalani Stone (Susan). She is a power boating enthusiast and is willing to be the new representative for Yachting on the Board. Robin asked if there were any objections. Hearing none her appointment was approved.
Item #5 - Critique
of the August 21st Membership
Board Members generally agreed that the meeting went well and was fairly well
attended. The move back
to the HCC Maritime Education Center may help get more people to attend. Kim encouraged everyone working with potential speakers
to ask them for either handouts or a copy of their Power Point presentations on
disk. This would be a help in
getting out the minutes quickly.
Item #6 -
October 16th –
Membership Meeting Topics
Chris Woolaway and Robin discussed the fact that they have been in touch
with several people on this subject, Jim Shoecraft with DLNR/DOBOR, Terry Hunt
and Terri Leicher. It looks
like we can gather information and have Terri Leicher report on this subject for
all of them. We will try to pull
this subject presentation together.
Item #7 -
October 16th –
Whale Collision Workshop
announced that Mr. Reg White is willing to give a brief report on the Workshop
to Minimize Vessel Collisions with Whales in Hawaiian Waters.
Item #8 -
Boat U.S. Foundation Statement on EPIRBS
reported that an east coast boating enthusiast wrote a letter to U.S. Boat
complaining about the new Hawaii law requiring EPIRB.
Robin asked whether HOST should write a letter in response.
After some discussion the general consensus was no.
Item #9 -
NOAA weather forecasts during Hurricane Jimena
discussed a situation he experienced while fishing inter island. The recent bad weather that approached the big
island created a situation whereby the NOAA weather radio channel announcements
were inadequate for provided meaningful local weather information for any area
other than the storm coverage for Hilo.
The repetitive storm announcements replaced a more thorough coverage of
the broader Hawaiian Islands. If
you were off of Maui, etc. you couldn’t get any meaningful local weather
returning to Oahu he called Mr. Andy Nash of NOAA
to discuss a remedy for what could conceivably be a safety issue.
He said that NOAA has asked for more channels but that funding appears to
be an issue. This could
perhaps be a subject for HOST. It
was generally felt by the group that more channels at greater expense were not
the only way to address this concern.
It is the content of the weather message
that could be improved upon i.e. don’t only concentrate
the message on the storm and fail to report on the broader weather as well.
was pointed out that this might be something to speak with the USCG about as
well because both NOAA and USCG MSO have developed the Hurricane Plan. Perhaps a reporting protocol could be included in
was felt that this could be a possible topic.
Item #10 -
Sixth National Harbor Safety Conference
announced that planning has begun for the Sixth National Harbor Safety
Conference. He is
serving on the Conference Committee discussing possible topics for the
Conference. Next Conference will be held in Florida.
Item #11 -
Rough Water Swim
discussed the recent bad situation that occurred with the Waikiki Rough Water
Swim. Over 200 people
had to be rescued and although nobody was hurt the lessons learned could be a
point of discussion for HOST. Watching
the weather more closely and coordinating marine users in the area were
mentioned as possible improvements.
Also having a list of available rescue craft would have helped.
Apparently the USCG was scrambling for help with the rescue effort.
Kim pointed out that nobody called the Clean Islands Council.
We have volunteered with the USCG before and were once on a “rescue
list” for cruise ship potential incidents.
More to follow.
Item #12 -
Combined Federal Campaign
Combined Federal Campaign kicked off on September 10, 2003.
Robin manned a booth at the Federal Building on opening day.
This coming Saturday at MCBH Kaneohe the Campaign is hosting a
picnic/party and inviting organizations to attend and present information on
their cause. Robin is looking
for additional help. Any
Robin reported on the on-going issues under consideration as safety items for possible HOST action.
a. Diving SOP - Robin reported that Jerrod Kowalski with HIRSA promised the legal review work on this will be completed by the end of the month.
b. SOP 6-98 Commercial VHF Comms. – Louie Alday discussed the fact that the HOST SOP 6-98 might need to be reviewed. The current list of commercial VHF users is out of date.
c. Kawaihae Harbor Tug and Barge Safety - Robin reported that Doug Carr wrote a letter to Dale Hazlehurst suggesting that industry help to fund completion of the small boat harbor. This is not likely to happen. More to follow.
d. Harbor Entry during a Disaster - Brad Rimell reported on the Security meeting held at the Hawaii Oil Spill Response Center involving industry, USCG, Sheriffs Department, HPD and others. Harbors will be meeting with Harbor users later as well. It looks like the most likely and workable answer to harbor access will require company issued ID’s and a verification process during emergencies. More work will follow on this.
e. PR/Education Subcommittee - Julia reported that the two brochures we have prepared have been sent to DOBOR for their approval.
Item #8 -
Homeland Security -
No real news on this subject. The U.S. Marshals passed out some wanted posters and had public feedback indicated 3 hits in the Haleiwa Harbor area. People are paying attention.
Also the USCG is going to the neighbor islands to speak with harbor users about new security regulations. This is currently a public outreach effort.
1. September 20th the 2003 “Get The Drift and Bag It” beach cleaning effort will be held. Anyone that can help with this is encouraged to participate.
2. Bill Mossman announced that due to a lack of action on the part of HOST regarding the issue of Security Zone impacts on recreational boat users he has prepared a letters to the Governor and the Coast Guard presenting boaters’ concerns on this subject. His organization (Hawaii Boaters Political Action Association) will be following up on this.
Next Membership Meeting
October 16th, 2003
Adjournment - There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.